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This is a no-ads version of the first and most popular pinochle app for iPod touch, iPhone, iPad and Mac. Play single- or double-deck with configurable options including meld bids and shoot the moon. Pinochle Plus is updated frequently with user-suggested features and AI improvements. To try before you buy, see our free, ad-supported Pinochle app.
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.
(This version is functionally identical to the no-ads app called Pinochle Gold.)
What's New in Version 3.5.3
Decent game gone bad!
I enjoyed playing this game; even with the few flaws it had. Now, the programming logic is all messed up. Playing double-deck, I've seen my partner and opponent have a double run with aces around and pass on bidding. The card counting has gone bad as well. In the trump suit, if I play a king or queen and the opponent has more than three trump, the next highest card is played even if the ace is in their hand. Here's the problem: the player passed on playing the ace in the trump suit, losing out on the opportunity to play any aces in their hand in a suit they may only have the one ace or two cards of the suit.
Not a Realistic Pinochle
After several rounds of this game, I find that my computer partner seldom has the cards to support our bid, when the AI gets the bid, they almost always knock it out of the park with double-nuts or hundred aces on top of the runs they always seem to make.
The statistics show that we have equal number of wins, but I have had to have double the makes of my bid to get there.
Also my AI partner frequently opens bidding or over bids me, then stops at 28-30! I have taken on the assumption that unless it over bids me twice, it has nothing.
Sometimes my AI partner opens bidding with a terrific hand (which I discover at the end of the hand), but stop bidding at very low bids. For example it may have been dealt a run, but stops bidding at 27.
I have enjoyed playing for years and really thought this game would be fun and challenging. Fun, yes, until it was apparent how challenging this game can be. Continuously my partner passes with decent runs. The latest was with thirteen in one suit. Almost a double plus aces all around and he passed after the opponent bid 52. Interesting game, but just not right.
- Category: Games
- Updated: May 19, 2015
- Version: 3.5.3
- Size: 14.5 MB
- Languages: English, German
- Seller: fishdog.net, LLC
- © 2009-2015 fishdog.net, LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.