Thirty One Review: A Fast Paced Card Game of Win

by panappticon on December 7, 2009

in Game Reviews

Thirty One [App Store Link] is a card game for the iPhone & iPod Touch that I’d never even heard of before I received a promo code from its developer. The object of the game is to get the sum of the 3 cards in your hand to 31 (or as close to it as possible) and hope that when you or your opponents knock, you aren’t holding the lowest sum.

The goal is to get as close to 31 as possible and to not be the player with the lowest sum when someone knocks. Oh ya, and only same-suited cards count towards your total.

The goal is to get as close to 31 as possible and to not be the player with the lowest sum when someone knocks. Oh ya, and only same-suited cards count towards your total.

Overall I really enjoy Thirty One. It’s a simple, fast paced, and pretty addictive card game that’s easy to pick up and play whenever you have a spare few minutes. The game’s graphics are clean, if a bit simple, and there are no sounds at all (which is good or bad depending on your perspective–at least there’s nothing to get on your nerves if the sounds were done badly).

15...often times a sign of failiure! Hopefully I can get a higher total before someone knocks...

15...often times a sign of failure! Hopefully I can get a higher total before someone knocks...

There’s OpenFeint integration to share your achievements and to view leaderboards, however what really puzzles me is why the developer has not added real online multiplayer–this is a game that would really benefit it. Playing against the 3 AI opponents, while fine for the most part, would eventually get old and having others to play against would be much more fun.

Success! The player with the lowest sum loses a coin (unless they were the one who knocked, in which case they lose 2 coins if they have the lowest total).

Success! The player with the lowest sum loses a coin (unless they were the one who knocked, in which case they lose 2 coins if they have the lowest total).

Overall Thirty One is deceptively addictive–it’s another one of those ‘gotta play just one more round’ games that I personally love. I often find myself starting the App thinking I’ll just play for a minute or two, and end up playing for 5-15 minutes or more. This is definitely a recommended card game App if you’re looking for one that’s simple, fun, and addictive. If multiplayer gets added it’ll definitely be a must-buy.

Panappticon Verdict: 90/100 — A simple, fun, and addictive card game that’s well put together and features online leaderboards and achievements, but no online play (a feature that would really improve the fun of the game immensely).

Thirty One

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