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Back Alley

Back Alley
  • #: 37752
  • Price: $0.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Games
  • Updated: 2010-03-23
  • Current Version: 1.0
  • 1.0
  • Size: 0.90 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: HFI Development, LLC
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later
  • © HFI Development
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Description

Back Alley is a card game, sometimes referred to as Back Alley Bridge or Back Street Bridge that originated from the military, probably sometime during World War II.The game is a mix of euchre and spades. The goal is to win tricks each hand, but you….. Read more

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Rated 3/5 based on 3 customer reviews.

 

3/5 stars
Nice Concept

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I like the overall concept of this game, however there are a few things that need tweaking.

1. Let me see throughout the game what each player has bid/taken.
2. It's hard to grab cards that are in the corner and behind other cards.
3. The artificial intelligence will sometimes play a lower "trump" after higher trump has been cut, if it's their only trump (even on hardest setting).
4. Game glitches if interrupted by another app.
5. Sharper graphics would be a plus.

I'm not trying to harp, I actually like the game quite a bit. Just trying to get it improved :)

3/5 stars
Has potential. Refinements needed.

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Back Alley is a classic partnership trick-taking card game that combines skill and luck. However, this iOS version is NOT a partnership game - you're on your own. It is also not an online multi-player game you can play with friends.

What it IS is a pretty good representation of the card game If you were only playing in single player mode, you had bad eyeglasses, and you had trouble handling cards.

My biggest complaint is that the animation moves too fast such that you don't get a very good sense of who led out, who took the trick, or how the general sequencing of the game is proceeding. Every hand seems to kind of happen all at once. You want to say "hey wait a second - what just happened?!"

Just slowing game play down and representing who led to the trick would help a lot. Then please leave the trick on the "table" until you, as the player say to proceed.

This change along with the suggestions offered in the other reviews would make this more enjoyable.

Good initial effort though.

3/5 stars
Has potential. Refinements needed.

:
Back Alley is a classic partnership trick-taking card game that combines skill and luck. However, this iOS version is NOT a partnership game - you're on your own. It is also not an online multi-player game you can play with friends.

What it IS is a pretty good representation of the card game If you were only playing in single player mode, you had bad eyeglasses, and you had trouble handling cards.

My biggest complaint is that the animation moves too fast such that you don't get a very good sense of who led out, who took the trick, or how the general sequencing of the game is proceeding. Every hand seems to kind of happen all at once. You want to say "hey wait a second - what just happened?!"

Suggestions:

-Slow game play down
-Represent who led to the trick.
-Leave the trick on the "table" until you, as the player say to proceed.
-Show trick-taking status
-Make it easier to grab cards
-Fix "bug" that apparently prevents the big blooper from pulling the highest trump from other player's hands when led to a trick. This is a key rule of the game.

These changes along with the suggestions offered in the other reviews would make this more enjoyable.

Good initial effort though.

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