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Not perfect but pretty good for the money
on January 6, 2012
I am compelled to pass my partner's opening bids, I always have singletons in his bid suit and on the rare occasions when I have better than an opening my partner has a yarborough. When I lead my singleton against a slam, partner takes the ace and returns a trump!
Just like in a real game.
As one disappointed reviewer complained this program doesn't have anything worthwhile in the way of guidance. It is not a tutorial and is not at all suitable for anyone learning to play contract bridge. However for my purposes it is ideal. I used to be a reasonably competent player to the point of winning one state pairs championship. That was a long time ago. Since then life has intruded and my skills have atrophied. For me this little program is just what I need in the way of a refresher course in planning the play, counting the hands and developing end plays. I have even managed a couple of squeezes. The level of play is what I would call "moderately competent" and clearly the game does not use its knowledge of the players' holdings to direct its own leads in defence or dummy play.
The game is rubber bridge and it takes notice of part scores, honours and so forth. At least my (simulated) partner doesn't raise my bid to 4 hearts when 2 is sufficient.
Far less elaborate than Bridge Baron but at only one fifth of the price OSB is, in my opinion, very good value for the money if your needs are similar to mine.
Once I accidentally brushed the screen and bid a wild 5 clubs which was not something I was likely to do on a three card suit in the face of stong opposition bidding. There was no way to say "Oops, I didn't really mean that!" Partner had four but it cost 800 points.
That and the apparent lack of any facility to increase the competence level is all that prevents me from giving five stars.