Batak app for iPhone and iPad
Batak is a variant of popular trick-taking card game Spades. Batak is also known by many other names, including Oh Hell!, Blackout, Nomination Whist, Elevator (lAscenseur in France), Boerenbridge or 10 op en neer in the Netherlands, German Bridge in Hong Kong.
A standard 52 card deck is used. The cards in each suit rank (from high to low) A K Q J 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2.
13 cards are dealt to each player.
A player leads the first card. Each player must follow the suit led, if he can. If not, he should play the trump, or any suit if he has no trump. The player who has played the card with the highest value ( the trump card or the card of the suit led, if no trump was played) wins the trick. That player then leads to the next trick. Continue until all tricks have been played and won.
The game has two modifications: simple and auction.
In the simple game the object is for each player to bid the number of tricks he thinks he can take in the hand, then to take at least that number of tricks.
In the auction game a player offering higher bid wins the auction. He has to take bid number of tricks or more. Other players have to win at least one trick.
Enjoy simple interface and attractive game view!
OKEY and KING games are available in the AppStore.
BatakOnline - a free multiplayer version of this game is available in the AppStore.
Pros and cons of Batak app for iPhone and iPad
Batak app good for
two feature request though:
1. possibility to review last won trick
2. list of all tricks played in one round
when round is finished
Batak several times a day every day. Updates have improved game quality and its always a challenge. *The* game for card players.
Addictive, challenging, surprisingly deep strategy card game. The interface is attractive and functional. I find this to require the perfect amount of challenge and brain power when I am on the train coming home after a long day. Doesnt require the kind of focused energy that Scrabble or timed word games demand, but is definitely not a rote solitaire game, either.
Game is harder than previous reviewer implied. In auction it is often worth bidding to control the trump suit. I agree that simple mode should have either a bag penalty at 2 or a penalty for 5 or more bags total.
Also AI really should be improved. The comp players should try to get their own nil bids. I had one computer pop bid nil with Ace of Spades in his hand. Bad programming! Also comp players never try to set other pops when they bid nils.
Still, a good game.
But not perfect. I agree with some previous reviews regarding taking more tricks than bid.
Some bad moments
Worst oh hell game ever. Youre better off with one of the free spades apps, even if youre looking for oh hell.
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