Thieves & Kings: House of Cards
John Ottini | Handheld PC Reviews
Paul DeWolf of Thieves and Kings has been creating great computer card games since as far back as 1991. If you have Desktop PC, Laptop, Palm, Windows Mobile devise or a Windows CE Handheld PC then they have some excellent card games for you!
Currently you can download free trial copies of three separate games for your Handheld PC – Thieves, Kings Corners and Fortitude. You can also checkout some of the best scores registered from around the world, learn more about the rules of the games and of course purchase registration keys and CDs, right from the Thieves and Kings website.
If you are a card lover, then be forewarned that this review will introduce you to three very addictive card games for your Handheld PC.
In Thieves, you are dealt seven columns of five cards face up. The next card is dealt face up in the Stack (center, bottom of the screen) and the rest of the deck is displayed face down on the bottom left corner of the screen.
The object of this game is to remove all 35 cards off the table. Use the face up card on your stack to take any card (along the bottom line of the table) which is one card higher or lower than the card on the stack. For example: 5's can take 4's or 6's, Queens can take Jacks or Kings etc. Remember that, Kings cannot take Aces or vice-versa and Jokers can take or be taken by any other card.
Cards are moved by tapping on the stack card and on the table card. Points are awarded whenever you take a card off the table, unless it is a joker. If you can’t use one of the cards on the stack, just tap on the stack to display the next card. If you run out of cards without clearing the whole table, then the game is over. If you do clear the table then you move on to the next level of play. The game maintains a list of the ten highest scores and the players’ names.
I have a real love/hate relationship towards this card game. It is so easy to play, yet so difficult to master. There are times when I play 5 or 6 games before I can get past the 1st Level (that’s the frustrating part) but once I get past that 1st Level I get a surge of excitement always believing that now the sky is the limit. Unfortunately, there is little room for error, so it’s very easy to find myself having to start all over again at the beginning. This can drive you crazy, but you will have so much fun getting there!
Kings Corners 1.0
In Kings Corners, the object of is to deal all the cards from the deck onto the board, while maintaining the 4 rules listed below:
As each card is dealt, tap on the slot where you want to place the card. Once all the slots filled, you must then remove any 10’s or pairs of cards which add up to 10. You do this by tapping on the cards and they are automatically removed for the board, otherwise they inverted and you will need to tap on another card totaling 10.
Once you’ve removed all the cards possibilities, tap on the deck and new cards will be dealt for you to refill the remaining card slots.
This is a really nice version of this popular card game, but I was a bit disappointed that the developer decided to only show partial card faces. Had the cards been the same size as the ones used in Thieves, this would not have been necessary. In any case, this is an interesting game which relies on equal doses of luck and strategy, and to the delight of even the most impatient card player, it provides very fast and entertaining game play.
The object of the game in Fortitude is to move all the cards from the table and the stack to the foundations piles. The foundations stacks (run along the top of the screen) must follow suit, beginning with aces and grow to jacks, queens or kings, depending on which level you reach.
Tap on the new card stack and try to move the last card from the discard stack to either one of the columns or to the foundation piles. Moves to a column or foundation pile are only legal if the card to be moved is the next-lower rank card and opposite color of the bottom card of the column. Cards can also be moved from column to column using the same criteria. Any blank column will accept any card, and can be built up just like any of the other columns.
There are multiple levels in this game…if you’re able to move all cards to the foundations, then game will re-deal the cards and your score will continue on to the next level. The game maintains a list of the ten highest scores and the players’ names
There you have it, three excellent cards games for your Handheld PC. My personal favorite is Thieves because it seems so deceivingly easy to play and yet is so frustratingly difficult to accomplish and move on to the next level.
Where can I find Thieves & Kings software?
Thieves, Kings Corners & Fortitude are provided as shareware and are available to download from the developers website.
Windows CE 2.0 or higher
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