Cutthroat is a popular Pinochle variation for three players. Unlike most partnership Pinochle games, Cutthroat pits each player against one another, every man for himself. It’s a fast-paced, highly competitive, and very strategic card game, requiring careful planning, good memory and discipline.
In this game, you can play online against real people or choose between 8 computer opponents, each with different skill levels and unique styles of playing. Each player is dealt 15 cards with 3 cards dealt face-down to the widow. Players bid after initial cards are dealt and the high bidder combines the widow cards to potentially form a stronger hand, then discarding the three weakest cards.
As of this release there are 10 options to customize game play to user preferences:
Number of Decks: Single|Double
Sound Effects: On|Off
Game Speed: Normal|Fast|Slow
Undo Button: On|Off
Must bid to win: On|Off
Minimum Trick Points: 0|1|2
Minimum Bid: 15|20|25
Bid Increment: 1|2|3
Point to Win: 75|100|150
Must Throw Higher Card: On|Off|Trumps
Must have marriage in trump: On|Off
Winner if multiple players make winning score
Bug fixes to improve online game play.
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I love this game, but have found two problems. First, the percentages are not always correct. As an example, I have won 350 games and lost 224. But, ever since I got over 60% it seems to be stuck there. The second problem is that does not always require my opponents to play a higher card in the suit played. I am required to, but they are not always required to play that way. Fix these quirks and I would rate this with five stars.
Computer Player quirks
I like the game but it has quirks which violate its own rules.
Computer player’s deal. All pass, so CP gets the bid. has zero meld. Takes bid and names best suit trump. Game continues.
Same thing, bid dumped on Computer player calls trump with no marriage. CP has 10 meld, Aces, makes his bid with no marriage.
I can’t do this. As settings require marriage.
In summary I cannot name trump without a marriage but computer players can?
Computer player reneges. Trumps a suit then plays one?
When playing I have required to beat on. CP1 plays low card. CP2 trumps. I am required /forced to to play higher card than CP1 in original suit? I burn my ace for no reason because I have to. What for? I am Required to Beat, but I cannot beat. I should be able to play low card of original suit played.
Pretty close to the way I was taught
The two things that should be changed or options would be picking trump prior to kitty being seen. The second is if you take the bid you must score 20 while playing the hand. If not get set! I realize it pushes the game out but I’d play. It makes playing the game more interesting. Those changes make it 5 stars. That and the computer not driving from back seat.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.