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Blackjack (A Free Game for Kindle)

by Amazon Digital Services
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (742 customer reviews)

Price: $0.00 includes free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet

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Product Description

Blackjack - one of the most popular casino card games of all time is now available on Kindle.

The Kindle version features all of the most common aspects of the game including splits, double down, surrender and insurance, as well as multiple options for customization that allow you to play the style of Blackjack that you want to play. For example, you can configure the game to match specific structures like 'Dealer must hit soft 17' - a common rule variation in many Las Vegas casinos.

The built-in advice feature, which you can turn on and off at any time, applies basic strategy and will recommend the best course of action to maximize your chances of winning.

Along with providing hours of fun, this realistic casino-style blackjack simulator will help you improve your understanding of the strategy of this ever-popular game.

Try Blackjack today!

Product Details

  • Version: 1.1 (What's new in version 1.1)
  • Release Date: January 16, 2012
  • File Size: 651 kB
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher License: Read
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (742 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,631 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

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152 of 158 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Well Designed for the Kindle December 8, 2010
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This new game offering from Amazon is very nicely designed to function on the Kindle devices. For context for this review, I'm not a hardcore blackjack player, which might affect my opinion of the app. I mostly just occasionally dabble with it on my computer, and almost never in real life. Also for context, I'm playing this on my K2.

One of the things that has struck me, especially with this game, is how responsive the e-Ink screen can be for games that require a quickly changing screen. It's not something I ever expected in terms of performance. It's not really that much slower than card games on my computer, because of all the animations they use.

Kindle Blackjack is designed so that you can plunge right into playing a game, or you can spend some time reading up on the game in general and learning some strategy. One of the Menu options is Instructions, which gives you 18 pages of information about the game of blackjack. When you open the game for the first time the screen displays basic info on how the Kindle version functions and it's enough to get started.

The game is designed to make excellent use of the keyboard (via shortcuts) as an alternate to having to use the 5-way for everything. This makes playing go a bit faster, since there's no 5-way maneuvering needed, and it helps save wear and tear on one of the most used Kindle buttons.

On the Menu is an Options section which allows you to set four different game settings, including game advice settings. If you have game advice set to only when wrong or hidden, you can hit the space bar at any time and play advice will pop up at the top of your screen. Another item on the Menu is Stats. This section gives a fairly comprehensive list of your current game stats.
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88 of 92 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Little Game December 7, 2010
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I'm an hour into playing this game, and just now realized an hour has passed. That part concerns me, as the last thing I need is another addictive game to play!

This is a good, basic game of blackjack for your Kindle and the price was certainly right - Free! I did briefly try out the customizations, with the one touted in the game description to make the dealer hit on a soft 17, and will have to see what else it will let me do.

Why not give it a shot and download it to your Kindle? After all, it *is* free!
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97 of 107 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Atari of Blackjack December 10, 2010
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If you own a Kindle, you know it is a great device for reading books. It also displays some diversity in terms of some of the word games and such that have become available in the recent months. See my review for EveryWord.

While it is a little fun to do something on the Kindle other than just plain ol' reading, the bottom line is that in these early versions, the Kindle is not the best device in the world to play these kinds of games.

The 2nd generation's 5 way controller is just too finicky for these games. Also, every "deal" is accompanied by several flashes as parts of the screen refresh. Distracting at first, annoying after 20 minutes or so of play.

As a free download it is an okay thing to have on my Kindle. I wouldn't pay to download it though.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blackjack December 7, 2010
By Randall
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Basic blackjack ported for the Kindle, has standard blackjack features and allows for some customization. It's free so what's not to like and it works on all the newer model Kindles.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great free game for the Kindle December 13, 2010
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Although there are people who are kvetching about the use of the Kindle as something other than books, I don't mind. Most of the games on the Kindle are free, so it's not as if you have a gun held to your head, forcing you to download them and play them endlessly.

The Blackjack for the Kindle is pretty basic - you can hit/stand/split/bet against the dealer. There's basic statistics being kept, so you can review previous games, etc. And it's free. Honestly, if it was a paid app, I probably wouldn't buy it because I'm not a big fan of Blackjack. However, it's a nice diversion for a few minutes when reading has gotten you worn down.

Worth a download.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and free... July 17, 2011
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I am a huge fan of blackjack and especially of video blackjack. I just got my Kindle a few days ago, and I spent this weekend exploring it. I ran across the free games that are available and decided to give Blackjack a try. I'm glad I did!

This is basic video blackjack like most other electronic blackjack games. It is easy to operate and easy to figure out. I found it quite enjoyable. It's fun to bet $500 a hand from the comfort of your home with no fear that you'll be homeless next week! The tips from the spacebar provide a good way for newcomers to blackjack to learn basic strategy. It's cheaper than playing in a casino, and it gives me something to do between books. I recommend this download because the price is right and it's fun to play. The Kindle really isn't designed to play games, but this one makes a good addition to it. If you like video blackjack games, this will give you one on your Kindle for free.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Game, But Much Too Tilted to The House February 15, 2011
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I agree with the many reviews that say this is a fun little time-waster; especially since it's free. However, I've played this game a few times now and I agree with those who surmise that the programmers must have heavily tilted this game in the house's favor. I spend hand-after-hand starting out with 14, 15, 16 while the dealer starts with 20 or 21 an inordinate percentage of the time. When I do manage to get 18, the dealer gets 19. I get 19, he gets 20. I get 20, he gets 21. It becomes almost comical after awhile, but it does definitely take away from the fun of the game. Oh, well... back to reading which is what I SHOULD be doing ;-)
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