By Jonathan Hebert
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The classic game of “Pitch”, also known as “Setback” brought to the iPhone and iPad. Pitch is a strategy based trick-taking card game where each player attempts to get to the winning score (typically 7, 11 or 21) by winning points. Each player “bids” on the number of points they think they could win (either 2, 3 or 4). The winning bidder then chooses the trump suit for the round. The available points that may be won for a round are High, Low, Jack of trump and Game.
Key features of “iPitch”:
- Simple, intuitive gameplay
- Multiplayer using Game Center or Bluetooth!
- Play either cutthroat or in partners against the computer or other players online
- Three different computer skill levels to play against
- Personalize the computer players by choosing pictures from your picture library
- Adjustable game play speed
- Arrange the cards in your hand
- Adjustable game play options such as: low point to owner or capturer; dealer can take the bid; smudge bid is enabled; you must win by two; and you must bid to win
What's New in Version 3.1
Added support for iOS 7
Added support for iPhone 5, 5c, 5s
Multiplayer improvements in both stability and connectivity.
New app icon!
Calculating Points Wrong
I love this app and play it all the time. However the most recent version seems to have a bug (which wasn't in the previous versions) regarding scoring. For example, I had 18 points, and earned 3 points but the game calculated my total to be 20, instead of 21. Another example was when a computer had 12 points, then earned 4 points, and the game calculated their total to be 14, instead of 16. This happens almost every turn and is extremely annoying. If it wasn't for this, the game is 5 stars.
Also, my friends and I play when you are given a hand where all your cards are 9 or below, you are given the option to set aside those cards and draw a new hand from the top of the deck (your old hand is not revealed). The flaw with this is you know 6 cards that aren't in play. However, it doesn't affect gameplay too much and is much more enjoyable than having a pitiful hand where you are bound to win nothing. I think this should be an option you can turn on or off in the settings. In some very rare cases where your hand falls under this condition but has 5 or more cards of the same suit, it might actually be an okay 2-bet (attempting to win the low and game points). Therefore, I suggest that when you obtain a hand where all your cards are 9 or below, allow the player to select if they would like a new hand, as opposed to just doing it automatically.
Nice set up but unrealistic.
This app looks good, and it functions well, but it is incredibly unrealistic. It's like playing pitch with a six-year-old. In the four point cutthroat version, there are frequently four bids and almost always all tens are out. Jacks of trump are also out most of the time, and often they'll be dry in an opponents hand to help make the bid. The computer likes to lead after it gets the bid with Jacks or tens, setting up opponents to take the trick, and leaving the bidder set. The computer will often bid four, with cards such as nine's or ten's for low.
If you like playing pitch where somebody always has an amazing hand, and the game count is often 40 or above, then this is the game for you. If you like playing pitch like you would if you set down with a deck of cards and three opponents who knew how to play, this is NOT the game for you.
Best Pitch EVER!
Hello! I have been playing your game a long time. (It is still on my old, old iPhone with the lovely rainbow card backs !).
But recently after having to set up my new phone and reinstall this game, there is a big problem:
When a player bids 2 it is possible for another player to also bid 2 and claim the trump! So exasperating. Please help!
- Category: Games
- Updated: Sep 19, 2013
- Version: 3.1
- Size: 7.9 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Jonathan Hebert
- © 2013 Jonathan Hebert
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.