Panoramic Software is offering BlackJack over at the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace and at $.99 it's a steal. The Windows Phone game is sharp looking, stable and entertaining.
Key features include card counting options, game achievements, and a learn to play mode. You know the drill, to see how well these features pan out just follow the break.
Not much fan fair needed to describe the game play. It's a game of blackjack.
From the main screen you can start a new game, access the game's settings, and resume a paused game (the arrow).
In starting a new game, you begin with $1000 in chips and have the standard options of hit, stand, split, double down, or surrender. Simply place your bet, tap deal and the game begins.
As you play, the display will update you on card counting stats and if you turn on the Learn to Play feature you will see "hints" on what option you should pursue.
The Settings Menu has a healthy number of options including settings such as:
- Turn on/off the Learn to Play feature
- Turn on/off the system sounds
- Turn on/off the Card Counting feature
- Select your card style
- Have the Dealer hit on soft 17
- Set your payout ratio.
Additionally, from the Settings Screen you can access your game achievements and see what other Windows Phone apps Panoramic offers.
If you are looking for a great looking blackjack game for your Windows Phone, BlackJack by Panoramic should make your short list. The game looks really good and add the settings to help you learn the game, it's a nice card game app.
Blackjack is a solo game which make take away some of the games appeal. You also lack any computer generated competition. You do have achievements to work towards but it would have been nice to see some healthy competition with the game.
Still, as a solo blackjack game, Blackjack by Panoramic was entertaining and mildly addictive. And at only $.99, we consider it a bargain. An Ace of an app, if you will.
There's no trial version available but you can find the full version here (opens your Zune desktop) at the Makretplace.