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."
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A beautiful game and a real shame that u prefer the outer to win all the time . I get junk every hand and my components get lay downs ! Sad Sad ! love playing 42 but not !! With this handicap
Don’t understand ! You are treated this way after paying for the game , my left side and right side players gets a handful of high numbers every time : I very seldom get a double and very low if I get two dominos that matches, I am done ! I like a challenge but like to get a decent hand to work with some of the time! Please send refund !
My Experience is Great
You can't expect a computer game program to never make mistakes. I have been playing 42 for about 42 years, and I have tried every program I have found. To me, this is BY FAR the best of them. Yes, I would say about 1 game in 20 my partner seems to make a fairly obvious playing error. Then again, a human partner might also make errors. The opponents rarely seem to err, but one would tend to notice that less. I have had and continue to have so much fun with this app that I can only rate it five stars. However, there is one important issue: it's supposed to work over the Internet, which would allow my son and I to be partners; but I have never succeeded in making that work. It would be really nice if that did work. I want to end on a positive note. This is a brilliant app.
Best 42 App, but not perfect
Of all of the Texas 42 apps, this one has the best game logic. One place it could definitely improve however, relates to a partner’s play when count is added early in a hand. For example, twice when the opponents get high bid, then lead a low trump, I have played a count domino in hopes my partner had a high trump. Both times my partner had high trumps, but played lower ones instead, thus forfeiting the count we should have won.
I agree with others who suggest the shuffles seem not to be purely random, but overall, this is the best 42 app I have tried.
- Mike Emery
- 28.7 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
- Age Rating
- © Maroon Entertainment
- In-App Purchases
- Use Black Pips instead of Colored $0.99
- Customize your table logo $0.99
- Customize your domino $0.99
Challenge friends and check leaderboards and achievements.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.