For those unfamiliar, Cribbage is a two-player game involving cards and a peg board. In short, the objective is to get 121 points before your opponent; points are tracked by colored pegs that are moved along a board. At the beginning of each round, players are dealt six cards, and each of them have to put two of those cards in the crib. Players alternate taking the points in the crib every other round.
In each round, players take turns laying down a card, with the objective being to reach 31 points collectively. If a player cannot lay down a card without the total exceeding 31, he or she must say “go” and the round is over. Players get points during the round by:
- Making the total points exactly 31 points
- The other player saying “go”
- Playing the last card
- Reaching exactly 15 points
- Putting down a card that results in a pair, triple, or quad play
- Playing a sequence of cards
At the end of each round, players get additional points for a variety of reasons, including having pairs or triples in their hand, or four cards of the same suit.
For the new player, the game has an “easy” setting, and the application will count your points for you. There is also a “hint” icon available throughout the game that will come in handy if you’re unsure of the best move. For seasoned players, the application will allow you to play at the “difficult” level, and you can also score your own hand.
Cribbage Premium lets you play against the computer or peer to peer with a friend through bluetooth technology. I found the game to be fun, but definitely more engaging if you try to score your own points. If you do it wrong, the iPhone automated player will take the points from you! For two bucks, card game lovers should consider buying this app.
Cribbage Premium is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch and requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.