Five Hundred

fivehundredAs promised, I went looking for a 500 (or Five Hundred) card game app and tried a few free ones but ended up buying this one by ARC Rowe who appears to be an Aussie app author- he has a website link but it isn’t online as yet.

While the game has fairly basic graphics, the gameplay is reasonably good and I have played quite a few enjoyable games but the A.I engine needs a little work in my opinion.

Five Hundred must be a very difficult game to program well I would imagine so I have nothing but praise for the game designer.

Here’s some info on the app from the Play description :

500 is a popular bid and trick taking card game originating from the USA played by four players in teams of two, with partners sitting opposite each other. It is especially popular in Australia and New Zealand. The game is called 500 because the objective of the game is to be the first team to reach 500 points.
Player bid on how many tricks they can take based upon the hand dealt to them and the highest bid gets the chance to win the hand and the points.
In this version you have a computer partner playing against two computer opponents. The characteristics of your partner can be configured to suit your style of play. Your partner can be an aggressive bidder, moderate or conservative, as your desire.
Other options include
– Ability to tailor the playing of Misere
– Ability to tailor the rules according to local preferences
– Large Card display for smaller screens
– Ability to control game speed
– Ability to turn on/off game sounds

Give it a try and as always give us your opinion in the comments!

Price : (AUS)$1.39
Size : 2.1Mb
Needs : Android 2.1+
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About the Author : Andy describes himself as "an older geek" and has been assisting seniors with understanding technology for many years. He is involved with his local seniors computer club and believes that seniors appreciate assistance from those of a similar age group.

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