Gin Rummy

ginrummyTime for another card game review I reckon. Gin Rummy is an old favourite of mine and this one gives me a good – if sometimes darn hard to win – game. Computer card game writers are able to give the A.I (artificial intelligence) engines in their games the ability to count every card played (and work out which haven’t been of course), so any card game in which this is important means the PC player has a distinct advantage!

This Gin Rummy game is no exception, but I like that you can choose your opponent’s ability level and method of play – some players will hardly ever knock while some knock quickly for example – so you can enjoy a game if you are a beginner or an advanced player. The developers can explain this better – “Each opponent has different strategies and goal. The higher level opponents are more likely to knock, whereas the lower levels prefer to play for gin. Higher level opponents rarely pick up cards from the discard pile to avoid revealing their hand. And just like the real-life pros, the highest level opponents keep track of discards to know which cards are still “live”.”

The app is optimized for various screen sizes so it provides a good playing area on different devices. I find it just as easy to use on my phone as on the tablet. The game will sort new cards into your hand automatically so it is easy to see what combinations to build on.

You pick up a card by tapping on it and dragging to your hand and I sometimes accidentally discard the wrong card, but there is an option that you can turn on that gives you time to pick up a discard if you are quick enough. There is a rating system in the game that rates your ability against any of the computer players so you can see how you are improving (or not doing so well!).

If you need some help with how to play or strategy tips, there is a great help section in the app too.

See what you think and tell us your opinions in the comments. Don’t forget that if you have an alternative to any of the ones we review tell us all about it too.


Gin Rummy
Price : FREE
Size : varies with device
Needs : varies with device
Gin Rummy

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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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