If you’re a fan of the fifteen counting card game, Cribbage, you’ll be a fan of Cribbage HD. It’s fairly intuitive touch controls make it easy to get around the game. You can start a game fairly quickly from the main screen and customize it by choosing how long a series to play, determining the series dealer, the computer difficulty and whether or not to allow Muggins points.
The game play area itself is customizable to suit your liking by allowing you to change the table background, such as wood table, blue carpet, red tablecloth, or patio table. You may also change your board type (wood, steel, and some other novelty choices), your peg and your opponent peg colors, and finally you can change the pattern of your cards from a variety of patterns.
The actual game play is exactly the way it ought to be for standard Cribbage playing rules. It is very convenient to play the game as very little dragging (if any) is required and you only need to touch the cards to complete actions such as cutting, counting, and discarding. Additionally, the game offers small prompts below the game board that indicate the current status of the game so you know whether it is time to discard, or what the current count of the play is.
Overall, the game is really good and has not crashed on me yet. It also saves my exact progress in the game whether I leave the game or lock the iPad. One odd thing that I encountered, however, is that Game Center was working when I initially started playing Cribbage HD yet lately the button has been disabled and I’ve been unable to figure out how to enable it again.
Another downside of Cribbage HD is you are unable to play with multiple people and only have the choice of playing against the computer. While this may not seem like much fun at first, it’s actually nice if you want to brush up your Cribbage skills as you can take your time to count your cards and play strategically. The game offers a very convenient way of counting your cards by providing buttons that represent the various point levels you can achieve and all you need to do is click them for what you find. The computer will even tell you if you miscounted higher or lower—be careful though, if you have Muggins enabled, overcounting will result in the loss of points.
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