Summary Cribbage is a card game in which two players try to score 121 points to win. This done by accumulating points over several rounds, in which you score by making card combinations, such as pairs, runs, etc.
Description Type: Card Game
Players: 2 Player
Game Time: 10 - 30 minutes
Developer or Designer: Lirina Software
Publisher: Game Colony
Turns have time limit
Can play for free
Full set of rules and tips
Multiple playing options
Manual and automatic scoring
Game room looks a bit confusing
Have to give personal details
Cribbage is a fantastic card game, and there are a variety of ways to play. Cribbage Live offers all these options. Because the rules can be quite complicated for a first timer, they give an extensive guide on how to play.
For example, the usual way to win is by scoring 121 points, but there is also version where you only have to score 61 points. There is also the option to play with a traditional six-card hand, or the more old fashioned five-card hand.
Before playing Cribbage Live, you have to create an account. This is because it is restricted to those 18 years old or over. This is partly due to the live chat, but mainly because there is a gambling option.
Players can choose to either play for free or with $Tickets. This virtual currency can be purchased from Game Colony. Each Tournament has an entry fee ranging from 50 cents to $100, and the winner will receive the kitty at the end.
The only real problem I have with Cribbage Live is that if you decide that you want to play for free, you still have to enter all your personal information, right down to your address. I think this is way too much information to have to hand out to play a game.
Everything else about Cribbage Live, however, is excellent. When you enter the game room, you will be presented with what looks like a rather complicated looking screen filled with names. Once you've read the instructions, however, it is pretty simple to follow.
For example, all those numbers next to a player's name is their ranking. Everyone starts with 1400, which will go up or down depending on the outcome of a match. You can use rankings to help determine who is at a similar skill level as you. Check out the leaderboard by going online.
You can choose to create your own game and invite players or friends to join you, or you can join someone else's game. One handy feature is that you have the choice to either do manual scoring or automatic.
Automatic is quicker and 100% accurate, but manual scoring is more interactive, and allows for the possibility of human error. For example, you might not spot all the card combinations and end up giving yourself less points. You cannot, however, over score, as the computer will catch you out.
If it were not for having to giving out personal details, I would score this 10/10, but it is a real issue with me, so have to mark it down to 7/10.