Blackbird‪!‬ 4+

R. Don Wilson

Designed for iPad

    • $1.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases



This game is similar to the classic ROOK® card game*.

Compete against the computer in this classic trick-taking game. Bid aggressively for the chance to declare trump. Take tricks with pointers to reach your bid or you’ll get set!

Play with two widely different rule sets (Kentucky Discard or Western Wyoming) or create your own set of rules to play with any of these options that can be on or off:
• Include 1's worth 15 points
• Low/high/10.5 Blackbird card
• Remove the Blackbird card
• Allow Blackbird card to be played anytime
• Winning bidder leads the first trick
• Red 1 worth 30 points
• Adjustable game winning score
• Bonus for taking most tricks
• and more!

Get awarded when you complete achievements and challenge your friends to complete them. Have fun looking at all of the statistics that are tracked so that you can analyze how you play.

* This is not in any way endorsed by or affiliated with Hasbro, Inc. ROOK® is a registered trademark of Hasbro, Inc.

What’s New

Version 1.7.7

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

• Restore the size of the cards.
• Add support for iPhone X
• The multiplayer button has been removed.

I feel really bad that multiplayer has been disabled for so long and that so many people just saw a message saying it was "coming soon". I really did intend to fix it well before now. But my life has gotten more busy than it was before and I don't want to promise it's coming soon. It is still on my list of things to add. I'd love to have a single device multiplayer mode. I'd love to have it work over bluetooth so you can play with nearby friends when you don't have an internet connection. And more. Aside from multiplayer, there are still requests to support more variations of the rules that I'd love to implement and many other features. I do plan to add more features. Multiplayer will take some time and I can't promise when it's coming. Thanks for your support!

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
5.9K Ratings

5.9K Ratings

Gatlingun:) ,

The rules aren’t Rook Rules

Very fun game. However, their needs to be some changes to Gameplay mechanics. The most obvious is when you throw away a counter to the nest. The bidder has to raise his/her bid. Example: bid - 120, threw away a red and yellow 5. Bid must go up 10 to 130. Also you never play Trump on the first hands. The A.I. throw Trump every time until everyone is out. You save your highest Trump so you can get the last Trick worth 20 points. There should be an option to play 4-8 players. Partners 2v2, 3v3, and 4v4. If 5 or 7 players then call for your partner. How that works is the bidder calls for the card they need (black bird, or Aces) and that round the bidder and the person they call on are partners.

I really hope the developer of this game sees my comment because this game is awesome just needs some quality of life improvements.

TheTheory ,


Solid rendition of the classic Rook game with tons of rule customization options. The UI is fairly clean (if a touch cramped on a phone screen). Unfortunately the AI struggles with certain common sense plays. Your partner understands feeding you points during the trump bleeding stage, but seems to lose track off trump during the late stages—especially if the other team made trump—and won’t feed you high cards before the other team’s last trump cards kick in. For example, there are two trump cards left with three turns to go. East leads, I play the highest card. North, my partner, doesn’t have suit and plays last—they know I’m taking the trick and I know this is the last trick we can take. They throw out a non-point card, then I see them having to play ones and 14s on the opponent’s trumps. While this type of situation is the most egregious and happens pretty regularly, there are other little quirks to their play that suggests the AI lacks any sort of complex strategy. So this is fine for casual time wasting here and there, and may be as good as we can get absent an official Rook app, but it can definitely be frustrating.

MaddogTexas ,

You better like losing!!!

I love this game, but I gave it one star because I like so many others get so frustrated because the game is completely stacked against you. Rarely do you ever get good hands whereas the opponents get them almost every hand. Second, your team mate bids like a complete idiot betting the moon with only the rook and no 1 or 14 in trump. No real player is going to bet that high with that hand. Third, you better like losing because you will nearly every hand. If there is a hand where the opponent over bids, their partner will be able to cover them almost every time which completely unrealistic. Also, you know you're playing a computer because they play hands a way a normal person could not possibly know. For instance, your opponent will win the bid and the very first trick they play of the hand they don't throw trump, but it just so happens to be the only color their partner doesn't have and can trump you. That is impossible to know in real life. Developers please start reading these reviews and fix the game. It isn't like only one comment, almost every review has the same complaint.

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