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Pinochle

By fishdog.net

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Description

Full-featured, ad-supported pinochle app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Play single- or double-deck with configurable options including meld bids and shoot the moon. Pinochle is updated frequently with user-suggested features and AI improvements. Also available in the App Store is a paid version with NO advertising: Pinochle Gold.

Pinochle is a card game played with a 48- or 80-card deck of 9s, 10s, jacks, queens, kings and aces. The game consists of a repeating sequence of bidding (for the right to name the trump suit and optionally to pass cards), melding, and trick-taking. Players score points by melding various card combinations and by taking tricks.

In this version, one human player (South) plays with a computer partner (North) and two computer opponents (West and East).

BIDDING: Each player bids the number of points she thinks she can make with her hand. Player to the dealer's left is required to bid, and bidding proceeds to the left. Players who pass are out of the bidding for that hand. A typical high bid is 35 points (for 48 cards) or 60 (for 80 cards). High bidder names the trump suit for the hand and optionally exchanges cards with her partner.

MELDING: Players get points by showing various card combinations. A run (or straight) in the trump suit is worth 15 points. Aces in all four suits is 10 points. Pinochle (queen of spades and jack of diamonds) is 4 points, or 30 points for double pinochle (two of each).

TRICKS: Play begins with the high bidder, and proceeds around the table to the left, 4 cards per trick. Each trick has a winner, who gets 1 point per ace, ten or king.

SCORING: If the high bidder fails to make the bid (his team's total meld plus trick points is less than the bid), the bid amount is subtracted from the team score. Play continues until one team goes out.

What's New in Version 4.2.5

Minor bug fixes and logic improvements.

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Customer Reviews

Frustrating

Ok game if you don't know how to play. Terrible game if you have any knowledge at all. Completely frustrating when you have to play against the computer that makes no rational pinochle plays. You don't bid on double pinochle when you have nothing else in your hand. You rarely get dealt anything worthwhile to bid with. Way too many double pinochle show up.
The programmer needs to be more realistic. I love playing pinochle but can usually only play 5 minutes before I want to throw my phone because of how frustrating the game play is.

Excellent for Learning to Play

Our friends were trying to teach us to play pinochle, and I was having a hard time understanding the rules. I downloaded this game, and it really helped me "get" it. Thank you! I sometimes wish my partner would be more aggressive (even though they're maxed out). I love the Bid or Bunch option, which our friends use.

Fair not great

I have been playing this game about 1 yr now. It's okay. I have noticed strange choices on the part of computer players in bidding, passing, and playing that no one would do if playing a real game of Pinochle. Also, the number of times opponent has Dbl Ace, 10 and Dbl Pinochle is far above any normal average. It's frustrating very often, but better than a couple other similar games I've tried.

Pinochle
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 4.2.5
  • Size: 17.1 MB
  • Languages: English, German
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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