Thirty One Review
- iPod access to fill the game’s lack of sound.
- Players have online leaderboards via Open Feint.
- Current games can be continued if the application is quit.
- The game’s rules are hard to understand and require you to play a few rounds to pick it up.
- Most of your time will be spent throwing away cards looking for three of the same suit.
- The game’s visuals are quite basic and a bit dull.
Thirty One is a game that may suffer because of its gameplay issues and confusing rules, but hopefully these can be fixed in a future update or two.
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Thrity One is a card drawing game that takes some of the rules of Blackjack and makes them its own. As you can probably guess, the player’s goal is to use their cards to total up a score of thirty one, or close enough to it. You’ll play against two AI opponents in a series of matches in hopes of earning the most coins by winning hands.
Players are given three cards initially to play with. From here, you’ll have to decide to either take the card on the table or flip the mystery card to replace one of your lower cards. In order to get the highest score possible, you’ll need to match a single suit for all three cards. If players are confident that their hand is the highest, they can end their card swapping by tapping on the knock icon on the bottom of the screen.
The game’s visual presentation is very basic, displaying the cards themselves on a table. There is no game sound at all but players are free to use their iPod during gameplay to break the silence. The game features one main mode but allows players to access online leaderboards via OpenFeint.
Thirty One is a moderate adaptation of Blackjack but some of its rules make the game difficult to enjoy. In order to have any chance of winning, you need to collect three cards of the same suit and quite often before this happens, the AI players will have knocked on their hand, giving you one card swap till the end of the game. There is some potential here but ultimately, card game fans might want to stick with what they know.
DescriptionGet one of Wired.com reader's favorite apps of 2009, it's the most exciting, addicting and fun card game on the app store! Play against two computer controlled opponents in a battle to get closest to 31.
Thirty One (You may also know Thirty One by another name such as Big Tonka, Blitz, Scat, or Cadillac) is a strategy based card game where you try to get your hand of three cards closest to thirty one (only cards in the same suit are added together). You play against two computer controlled opponents named Jack and Jill. You will have hours of fun trying to out smart them by holding cards you know they want, knocking when you think you have the best hand, and getting a blitz (a hand of exactly 31)!
Thirty One has many great features:
- Great single player gameplay
- Two computer controlled opponents
- Game is saved on exit or when interrupted
- Game can be stopped at any time then resumed
- Keeps track of game statistics
- Keeps track of in game credits you have earned
- Clean and intuitive interface
- Post your stats to Facebook
- Compare your scores with online leaderboards
- Daily leaderboard showing just today's scores
- Fun achievements that can be unlocked
- Listen to your iPod Music in game
- Retina display graphics
- Thirty One is OpenFeint enabled
*** Reviews ***
Picked as one of Wired.com reader's favorite apps of 2009!
Thirty One has been featured in Apple's "What we're playing" section on iTunes!
Thirty One was voted the number 1 card game by members of toucharcade.com!
"The game plays really well with some challenging yet fun gameplay." - www.averageapper.com
"Overall Thirty One is deceptively addictive – it’s another one of those ‘gotta play just one more round’ games that I personally love." - panappticon.com
"A different kind of card game that requires a bit of strategy combined with the mind games of poker - challenging, unpredictable and addictive!" - www.appsized.com
"Thirty One is particularly fun because it feels familiar but is truly unique. All in all, it’s a fun game, and well worth a play." - appgirlreviews.com
"It's a very addicting game and it's very easy to use. 5/5" - Daniel_Mysterio (iTunes Reviewer)
"McLovin it! Fun/fast app that's great to play in small patches, yet takes you in for the long run by simply adding openfeint leaderboards/achievements." - Enertron (iTunes Reviewer)
What's New in Version 1.7- Now requires iOS 3.0 or later
- Retina display graphics
- New achievements
- Latest version of OpenFeint