Hoyle Card Games 2008 [OLD VERSION]
- All games are based on the official rules from Hoyle
- Create your own character with Face Creator, customizing everything from facial features to clothes
- Interactive computer opponents with multiple skill levels to challenge everybody
- Play together on the same computer and challenge your friends and family for bragging rights or play solo with 55 different solitaire games included.
- Over 75 card games including - Texas Hold'em, Hearts, Bridge, Crazy Eights, Gin Rummy, Omaha Hold'em, Pinochle, Rummy 500, and much more!
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Step up to the best deal in town and test your skill with Card Games from HOYLE®, the Official Name in Gaming. Shuffle the cards and deal yourself in to the greatest card games of all time. HOYLE® drops you right into the action with over 75 classic games, official rules, tips and strategies. From classic games like Cribbage to new favorites like online Texas Hold'em, HOYLE® Card Games has something for everyone. Learn and master all your favorite card games with Hoyle, the authority for over 200 years.
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Anyways, I'm VERY happy that this is finally supported on the Mac platform, since any of the other card game programs for the Mac seem to be about the same level of graphics that the early 90s Hoyle card games had when I played them on a Tandy 1000... The interface is a whole lot more fun than the Masque games that are available for the Mac.
I had to downgrade it to only 4 stars, though because there are several significant bugs in the underpinnings. Hoyle Bucks do not work in Cribbage (which is a real bummer for me, since that's my favorite game). Cribbage statistics are also not accrued. This has been a problem since the 2005 AND 2006 iteration of the game (played on a Dell before switching to Mac), so you'd think that they would have fixed it by now. And every time I start a new session and play the solitaire game "Penguin" it gives me the same deal, which since it's a fairly easy hand to win, I don't mind the extra [...] Hoyle Bucks for winning it every time. Hm... maybe I should start timing myself on it and competing with myself to see how quickly I can win the same hand.... At least all the subsequent games are different. I have contacted Encore's support with questions about these bugs, but so far have gotten no response.
The video poker and video blackjack are fairly entertaining new additions.
Overall, an excellent computer card game. Perhaps Hoyle should find a new programmer, though. One with some attention to detail this time?
After using this software for a year, I am certain that I have done everything I can to make it work properly including downloading the supposed fixes from Hoyle.com. Even so, it still will only allow play on a few games like Cribbage and Poker. I haven't tried all the games because those that don't work, hang my computer (running XP). Trying a game that doesn't work causes the Hoyle game to go to the desktop while the game continues to run in the background and then can't be accessed or shut down (a power down and restart is required to get it off). OK then, on the plus side, the games that do work, are good. I bought it to play Cribbage and that it does just fine. Unfortunately, I also like to play Rummy and that game teases me into a trap by allowing me to play one hand ... and then it goes to the desktop and into background mode etc etc etc.
Also, in Spades the electronic player to the human player's left always seems to be out of the same suit at the same time as the human and always seems to have spades high enough to overtake the human's attempt.
In Hearts and some other games the player to the right usually gets to take the lead which puts the human to less advantage. Also, how many times in a row in the same game is the single human player likely to always get the Queen, King, or Ace of Spades? Sometimes it's almost every single deal in a game putting the human at a disadvantage.
In Pitch, all the electronic players get high card almost every deal. The human always gets the lousiest deal.
In Spades, the ineptitude of my partner has made the game worthless to play. It's like it is programmed to defeat me via sabotage.
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Made my mother very happy.
It says it has 150+ games, but really there are only variations of the following 27 games:
Bridge...Hoyle Puzzle & Board Games 2005 - PCRead more