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.
Robot logic improvements.
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
Very good game 10/10
This game is very addictive, I thought that it was a very dumb version of the game because there weren’t any ones, but you have to go into your settings and set it up to your liking. Once you’ve done that, this game is so much fun, but the bots could use some updating. Other than that, this is one of the most addictive games I’ve played.
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.
Fun game but......
May 1, 2019. I made the decision to delete game. East/west now gets the room 9 out of 10 times. It is no longer fun to play. Hopefully this game eventually gets fixed to be a fair play. 👎🏼
I changed my rating to 1 star. With new update, game is definitely fixed where east/west team gets rook about 8 out of ten times. Not a fair play for sure. Good thing it’s free!
It’s fun to play. I grew up on Rook and the computer partner (north) does not play the game correctly. Anyone who plays knows you watch the cards and when the person playing behind you is out of trump cards you play high. I consistently cancel games and restart because of computer (north) error. Good thing this is a free game. I definitely would not pay to play. 3 stats only because it’s a time filler when bored.
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.