There are many Blackjack and other casino card game apps available for the iPhone, so I have to say I wasn’t all that excited to review another one. However, I have to say BC Blackjack from developer Bedrock Code proved to be an entertaining time waster.
For me, any gambling game has to offer a simple interface, an ability to allow for a quickly started game, and the ability to pick the game back up where I last left off. I’m not the type of player to sit down and play a game of this type for hours at a time. I look at card games like BC Blackjack merely as a vehicle to kill a few minutes while I’m waiting for an appointment, or while having my car’s oil changed.
BC Blackjack allows users to quickly pick up the game and start gambling. The interface, while it could be better, serves the purpose, and it’s easy to load the app and hit the tables. The game starts you off with $20, and sets you down at the $2 table. (All of the other tables, with higher limits and such are locked unless you unlock the Pro version, via a handy $3.99 USD in-app purchase, NATCH!)
The Blackjack table, cards, and chips are all nicely rendered. I’ve seen better, but for a game like this, that’s not really the most important thing, gameplay is. When you begin a new game, the rules are laid out nicely for you on an easy to read screen, informing you of how many decks are being used, when the dealer hits, when you’re allowed to double down or split, and more.
After what seems to be a long “Shuffling” notification, (an an ad, don’t forget about the ads, although they go away if you spring for the Pro version), the action begins, and you’re prompted to bet.
The betting interface is clean, and easy to follow, tap the chips to place your bet, then hit the “Deal” button. Using a nice animation, the cards are dealt out on the table, and you make your decision on how to proceed.Tap the “?” icon in the upper right hand corner if you’re at a loss on what to do, it will walk you through it.
A built-in trainer tracks your moves, and immediately indicates if you made a right move, (with a green checkmark), or a bad move, (with a red “X”). The game provides a handy screen to view your previous moves, and whether or not it followed sound Blackjack gaming strategy. If you’re not sure whether to hit or stand, simply tap the light bulb icon below your bet, and it will display a handy chart telling you what strategy is the best for the current situation. I found the advice offered was usually sound, and parlayed my way into a couple of nice winning streaks by consulting the chart each time.
If you play Blackjack as badly as I do, you’ll quickly find yourself out of money, and ready to start over. Luckily, it’s just a matter of a few taps, and you’re back at the tables with a new $20 bankroll. (You can access other tables with bigger limits and a larger bankroll with the “Pro” version.)
The $3.99 Pro version offers:
- Access to the higher limit tables
- Customizable table settings
- Practice modes: hard totals, soft totals, pairs
- No ads
- Bigger bankrolls
- Speed Deal
While most players will find the free version will be fine to itch their gambling scratch, serious players might want to spring for the Pro level action. (And don’t we all want to step behind the velvet rope and play in the high-rollers room from time to time?
BC Blackjack offers entertaining, and easy to follow Blackjack action. It seems to play fair, and follows the rules. I wish the beginning bankroll was a little higher, but if they gave you everything for free, you wouldn’t play to pay, right?
As I said earlier, games like these are simply something to use to kill the time while I’m waiting for an appointment or similar situations, and I have to say, BC Blackjack does the job.
Rating: 4/5 Stars.
BC Blackjack 1.0 is free, and is available through the App Store. A $3.99 in-app purchase is available to unlock the Pro version of the game.
Note: The above review was commissioned by the developer, and has been written in an objective, unbiased fashion.