Welcome to the Official State Domino game of Texas! Texas 42 is a trick taking game similar to bridge or spades. Invented in the late 1880s, it has become a tradition across generations of players.
The sole motivator for the development of this app has been to create an AI that doesn't make the users wish they spent their 2 dollars on a soda instead of frustrating computer play. Much work has been made into creating an AI that makes the same moves you would. Since you don't have the same play style as everyone else, you can set each computer player to have one of 3 specified play styles "Conservative", "Normal", or "Aggressive". You can mix and match these styles as you see fit and can change them at any time in the game.
A conservative player will tend to bid lower than the rest of the players. Its main focus when it has the lead is to draw all the trumps in play before moving on to non-trumps. If the conservative player does not have the highest trump, it will tend to lead with a junk/punt tile to draw out the higher ones, while holding on to tiles with count until it knows it can win with them.
A normal player will tend to bid higher than a conservative player. Its main focus is holding on to its trumps for cases where count is on the table. If it does not have the highest trump it will tend to attempt to punt to its teammate.
An aggressive player is a mixture of the two. It tends to push the bid to 31 or 34-36 with weaker hands than the other two and is more willing to bid marks if it has a strong hand. It is also willing to lay down trumps with 5 counts in an effort to draw out the ones covering the 10 count. Its more willing to play count at risk of hoping its partner will win the trick.
For bidding purposes, your partner will respond to your bid. If you bid 30, you are indicating to your partner that you have a helping hand and it will be much more likely to outbid an opponent win the bid.
Here's what some beta testers have had to say about the app:
"The AI has been impressive for me so far, not a single play that I've seen has been stupid yet and I've probably played around 10 games. Very solid game for my experience"
"I really like your idea of the different styles of play and I think you are pretty close to that reality."
"To date it is the best one out there. I have never felt like I was playing true 42 on the other apps."
More multiplayer tweaks. Should be the last one needed for a while.
Ratings and Reviews
I have been playing this game for months, and loved it. However, now all kinds of errors are present. From not scoring a trick correctly to just shutting off in the middle of a game. What's happening? Another huge flaw, although I have set my partner to conservative, he constantly out bids me, and usually gets set. In real life, a partner would never out bid his partner unless he had a sure hand. Also, is there a way to Change trumps when you accidentally hit the wrong trump button? This is a new PROBLEM, I’ve just started having!! My partner has the bid, with 6’s being the trump! Partner played a low Trump, the player after me caught the trick, then led blank 4, partner plays an off, player to my right can’t follow suit, I play 4-2, obviously higher than 4-blank, but the trick went to the opposing team!!! This has happened a couple times before, but I hadn’t taken time to right!! When things are going well, it is my favorite game!!
The program needs to change
I’ve played this game for years. It is frustrating at times. The main frustration is my “partner” setting me. It isn’t consistent. It will play under my trump when it has the highest non double trump and has other doubles it could play. On the other hand, it holds high dominoes instead of playing them. When I play a double, it will play under, then cover my off, then set “us” by playing into count. When the partner wins the bid, it will continue to play lead instead of playing its off. That is usually on the last trick we get set because I gave up the domino that could have covered us. (The opponents had the off I was holding for). I know it must be a difficult program to write, but I became used to playing Win42. That was an awesome game
The 5/5 is still played like it is only count.
This isn’t a bad game, just frustrating at times.
Not very happy with this app. Crashes or freezes all the time. If I play with my partner and two other players. It is not a 100% that we can Gino’s game.
I can receive a text or phone call and it stops the sound. It also throws me out and sends me to single player.
I can’t even invite 4 friends it freezes or doesn’t let the 4th join. Sometimes it lets the 3rd person join.
Allows us to play a little while then it freezes.
Also there is times my partner can’t get any dominoes during a game. This is very frustrating.
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- Mike Emery
- 14.1 MB
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
- Age Rating
- © Michael Emery
- In-App Purchases
- Use black pips instead of colored $0.99
- Customize your Domino $0.99
- Customize your table logo $0.99
Challenge friends and check leaderboards and achievements.