Rook is a popular trick-taking card game using a special card deck numbered from 5 to 14 (and optionally 1) in 4 suit colors, plus a Rook card. In this app, the Rook card is a castle chess piece and the cards are designed to be color-blind friendly.
Dealing: Deal passes around table for each hand, to the left. Dealer deals 9 cards to each player, and 5 cards to the widow in the middle of the table.
Bidding: Players bid for the right to name the trump suit. The player to the left of the dealer starts the bidding at 70 (or passes), and bidding proceeds to the left, usually in 5 point increments. A player that passes is out of the bidding for that hand.
Widow, Naming Trump: The high bidder collects the 5 widow cards (which are shown to all players), names a trump suit for the hand, and discards 5 cards from her hand (not shown to the other players). The 5 discards can include point cards which will, depending on your settings, go to either the high bidder or the winner of the last trick.
Tricks: The dealer (or the high bidder, you can change this) leads the first trick. Play proceeds to the left until all 4 players have played one card. Players follow suit unless they are out of that suit (or play the Rook card to win a trick with lots of points). If a player cannot follow suit, any card may be played. If there were no trump cards played on a trick, high card in the lead suit wins the trick. If trump cards were played on the trick, the highest trump card wins the trick. The trick winner pulls in the cards (adds them to his won tricks pile), and leads the next trick. The Rook card is the highest card of the trump suit. The ranking of cards from high to low is Rook-14-13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5.
Hand results: Both teams count the points from their won tricks piles: Rook card is worth 20; 14 and 10 cards are worth 10 each; 5 cards are worth 5. The other cards count nothing. If the bidding team did not score enough points to cover its bid, its score decreases by the bid amount.
Winning: First team to 300 points (or to be 300 points ahead) wins the game.
A paid Rook Gold app with no ads is also available on the App Store.
Support for newest devices; logic improvements; bug fixes.
Ratings and Reviews
I wish my partner was a little smarter. When you 2 are the only one with trumps he will run you out by keeping playing them. Keep them if you are the only one with trumps so maybe you can trump in on one of my off suit. If he has the boss of trumps he will play it every time. He also needs to know when to dump point cards too. He gets caught a lot holding just a 14 or 10. Trust me I’m a 2 Time State Rook Champion. I know how to play this game.
Fun but has flawed AI. Perfect for true beginners.
I’ve played Rook for forty-plus years. This game is only playable on the highest difficulty, but that is when the AI flaws truly manifest. There’s an absolute within the AI that 14s are held even when it’s a safe play to set or simply save the ten points by throwing them off suit. This happens late in the hand when there’s just a few tricks left and all power cards are known. By not playing a 14 at this point one is almost absolutely guaranteed to lose it verses absolutely winning the hand. Makes no sense. Again and again your AI partner will hold them and cause you to lose.
There are other issues, but they are more player-type related, so I can’t fault the program in that regard. That said, you’ll mostly come out ahead by out-bidding your partner on plus-ninety hands when you don’t have the Rook in the version I have been playing.
A Red 1 option would be a nice upgrade.
Love the game.
This is a fun game that is entertaining and can help you improve your real Rook game. The only reason I gave 4 stars is because it will suggest a few crazy moves that I would never make normally and they can cost you the game. Suggestions to improve would be make it to where you can play with friends, that would be a super+. And we play where you can “shoot the moon” meaning that if you think you can make 180 points with your hand then you can “shoot the moon” and you would get 500 points(or whatever you were playing to), if you didn’t then you go back by that much as well.
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