Big Deuce in Review – Get Your Mind Out of the Gutter

bigdeuce1Big 2, Thirteen, Cho Dai Dee, Chinese Poker (mistakenly), Big Deuce… there are so many names for one game, and what a game it is. If you’ve never played this game before, I do suggest gathering three friends, going online, finding the rules, and playing this bad boy. It’s just that good. For those who don’t have the fortune of company, there is Big Deuce by MotionObj.

From (Big Two):

The dealer begins dealing out the cards singly, starting with the person of his right. The cards are dealt out among the players as far as they can go while retaining an equal number of cards for each player…

At the beginning of each game, the player with the 3♦ (diamonds)  starts by either playing it singly or as part of a combination, leading to the first trick. Play proceeds counter-clockwise, with normal climbing-game rules applying: each player must play a higher card or combination than the one before, with the same number of cards. Players may also pass…

When all but one of the players have passed in succession the trick is over (some variations have when 1 player has passed the trick is over), and the cards are gathered up and a new trick is started by the last player to play. When a player plays the 2♠ (spades)  either as a single or as part of a pair of 2s, it is often customary for that player to start the next trick immediately by leading a new card or combination, since the 2♠ (spades)  cannot be beaten whether as a single or as part of a pair of 2s. The game continues until all but one player runs out of cards.

bigdeuce2This formula o gameplay has kept me up night after night in high school and college. It truly is an inspiring game that is worthy to be created for the iDevice.

The base game is good, but does Big Deuce deliver? Not exactly.

bigdeuce3One of the best things about the card game is the little rules each group uses. No triples, can’t end on two, starting with three of diamonds, no wrap arounds, each rules adds a local flavor to the game. Unfortunately, Big Deuce limits you in this manner. You are force to play one variation only. While the developer explicitly mentions this on their iTunes page, it is a detraction for those who have spent years being familiar to their own local rules.

Another drawback from this game is its slow pacing. Placing the 2 of spades down causes everyone to pass. While this only takes roughly 6 seconds, the addition of a speed up option would be welcome.

Perhaps the greatest detraction from the game, though, would be the lack of a multiplayer option. This game was meant to be played with other people. Even if wifi play wasn’t implemented, there should at least be an option to play on the same device.

bigdeuce4That being said, Big Deuce is the cheapest game of its kind in the AppStore. It’s stark but functional graphics and ability to organize cards by suit of numbers is a plus, and it is a faithful representation of one variation of the game. There is also a local leaderboard that keeps track of your score.

Unfortunately, this is not enough to catch my interesting and keep me engaged. The lack of  multiplayer, the slow pace, and the limited variations in the rules do not justify the $1.99 price and do much to draw me away from this app.


App Summary
Title: Big Deuce Developer: MotionObj
Price: $1.99 App Size: 0.4 mb
  • Faithful Gameplay Recreation
  • Slow Playing
  • Lack of Multiplayer
  • Limited Variation of Options


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