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: 1-2 Players
Game Time: 5 - 15 minutes
Developer or Designer: Fuller Systems Inc.
Publisher: Fuller Systems Inc.
Choose your own avatar
Manual and automatic counting
Ranking and rating system
Different difficulty levels
Have to go online to read the game rules
Doesn't explain how to play multiplayer mode
Can only play 2 multiplayer games a day for two weeks in trial version
Contests unavailable when downloaded from Google Play
Turn time limits short
Although I really like Cribbage Live, I was put off by the fact that you have to give personal details. I also thought the game room looked a bit confusing. I therefore deiced to try Cribbage Pro. This app does not require you to enter loads of personal details and has a user-friendly game room. There are some things I prefer in Cribbage Live, however, so I will leave you to determine which is best.
Cribbage Pro has lots of customisable features. For example, you can choose from several different card styles (some of which are free, some you can buy), and there are loads of cute avatars to represent you in game.
If it is your first time playing cribbage, then reading the rules is quite important. The app has a short section about scoring, but to read the actual rules, you have to be connected to the internet and get re-directed to a website.
Since I knew how to play already, this was not a problem, but I can see how it could be a bit of a nuisance. The only thing I needed help with is instructions on how the controls of this game operates, which it tells you on screen when you play against the computer.
When playing against the computer, there are three difficulty levels. At first I was dubious, that a higher difficulty simply meant that the cards were stacked in the computer's favour, but the app does use a true random shuffle system through random.org.
When playing, you have the option of automatic or manual play. For example, you can either manually cut the cards, or the computer will do it without a prompt. You can also count your cards manually or have the computer count automatically. I always pick automatic because it is quicker and eliminates the chance of human error.
Because of the lack of a rule book, when I went to play against a real opponent, however, I got quite confused. A box appeared in the middle of gameplay asking me to put in a number. I had no Idea what to do, and as a result received three warnings and lost the game. I later figured out that this was the scoring box, and that my opponent had set the game to manual.
Once a round is complete, you can look at your cards to see how your scores add up. This is a helpful learning process, as you began to notice patterns and combinations more easily than before.
The multiplayer game room is much easier to navigate than with Cribbage Live. It is colourful, friendly, and uses symbols to indicate what the settings of a match are. For example, how long you have to take a turn, if chat is turned on, and if the game is rated.
At the end of a rated game, you give your opponent a score out of five stars, and explain why. This allows you to effectively choose the type of opponent you might want to play.
Upon completing my second multiplayer game saying that this was a trial version, and that I was only allowed to play two multiplayer games a day for two weeks. For unlimited access you need to purchase the full version for £2.15.
Another annoying discovery I made is that the contests that you should be able to take part in are blocked when downloaded from Google Play. You can, however download the app from Amazon, where you won't encounter that problem.
Both Cribbage Pro and Cribbage Live have advantages and disadvantages. While neither is perfect, they are both well worth playing.