Blackbird! App Reviews

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Cant play 2 player multiplayer now

Fun game but latest update broke ability to play multiplayer with 2 humans and 2 computers.

Falls short

This IS Rook for all they call it "Blackbird." Im not sure how they can legally sell it. Anyway, as many other reviewers have said the biggest downfall of this game is the computer intelligence. No human would play as stupidly as your partner "Zeus." And the game is rigged in favor of the computer. They make the playoffs lays for each other your partner is too stupid to make. (For instance, realizing the card you just played is the highest left in the suit and playing points.) There is no random distribution of cards. The majority of the time your computer opponents will get the better cards. Add to that the stupidity of your partner and youll be screaming at the app as I am prone to do. I would love for the algorithm to be changed to randomly distribute cards, for the computer intelligence to increase, and for you to be able to change partners.

Black Bird Great Program

I have had this game for 2 days and it is so much like Rook you wont be able to tell the differance. Some apps you buy and regret. No regrets with this app.

Not too good

If you already know how to play the game of rook dont even bother getting it but if you dont understand how to play this is a good app to learn.

Love This!

CAW!! The all powerful Rook Bird that can swoop down at any time an change the outcome of the game. Been playing Rook for 25 years and am psyched that there is finally an app to play with friend cross-country.

HOPELESS. Simply Unplayable!

It all begins and ends with the hands you are dealt. I started 26 new games, examining my hands, and there are four suits with 16 potentially valuable cards. You need to have a few of those "16" cards to ever win a hand. In 26 deals I got no more than 2 of those cards ever. I used to play this game daily for years. Nowadays I have other apps. Time moves on.


The computer intelligence needs improved on this game....when playing with the computer as your partner it doesnt know to throw you points when youre obviously going to catch a trick. Its hard to set the other team because computer partner wont throw you points. Instead it holds point cards and then loses them.

Seems rigged, computer parter is an idiot

Ive played it a good bit, and it doesnt follow normal Rook rules as I am used to. First and foremost, the AI always plays the Rook first if it wins the bid. In the version in used to, you cant lead with trump on the first trick. Second, your partner (Zeus) is a moron. He doesnt point a trick youre obviously going to take, saves said point cards, and loses them to the opponent. Also, hes a wimp when it comes to bidding. Third is it seems the computer opponents "communicate". Itll throw points on tricks that a real player wouldnt (because an opponent has a good chance of getting it), yet only does it when their partner ends up getting it.

Random deal

I like the game, though if you play enough You see that the game is rigged, I can tell you almost to the card what the next one will be. Doesnt the game do random, like in a true game of cards. Maybe the programmers should look into this. Signed disappointed.

Black bird

I think this could turn into a awesome rook card app it just needs a lot of human players maybe if you could make a free version and have benefits for the ones whose bought or going to buy the app have stuff that can only be gotten if your a payed member it needs a chat bar too my big complaint tho is not enough humans and can you connect to face book on it then maybe bring in a few but to get more players in a hurry is to offer for free for a limited time I think its got the making of a killer app


Love the game, even with all its shortcomings, but latest rev wont let me choose a friend and me to play the computer. It only will let us play two unknown picks from the real world. This is a change for the worst from prior versions.

Love it but....

Needs to be harder. As long as you win the bid every time you will always win the game. Sometimes you might go negative but if you keep playing and win the bid every round you will win the game. Its a bit boring but I love this game.

Needs update

I bought this to be able to play with my husband and it worked fine for the first couple month but apparently it messed them up when apple removed the game center because we were not able to play together since. Single player works great but not really worth paying for it.

Good, but not 5 stars

Im really glad that this app is available. As a life time fan of rook, this is a close version to the original. With that being said, it needs some work. There are 3 things wrong with this app. 1) The AI partner will not throw points. He likes to keep those until the very end and we usually dont get them. 2) I did the math, the computers get the Bird 90%+ of the time. Its very hard to set someone and win a bid when I never get it. 3) The AI opponents never bid 90 or above without the Bird....ever. How can I expect to set them if they never bid high. And how do they know their partner doesnt have it?? There are a few minor things they happen also that Im not going to write about. Overall, a good app that needs a little improvement.

Almost 5 stars

I love everything about this app except for one thing. One of the main reasons I bought this was so that I could play with friends. Since Game Center recently changed it has made it impossible to play a two player game with a friend. If this ever gets an update, Ill give it 5 stars!

My partner stinks

I dont like the way when youre winning percentage gets above 60% your partner starts throwing out of suit 14s down on non-Trump suits and gets set so easily. Also when youre winning percentage is above 60 your initial hands get consistently much worse.

Needs Major Work

He game plays like the real thing. The AI terrible and needs an overhaul. I seriously wonder if the development team even knows the game some many of the moves your partner makes does not seem logical or strategic. I feel like its three against one. I hope that this was free or else I want a refund.

Love it

My family loves the actual game. Except we play the 13 as count and minimum bid is 75-120 we dont play with the birds either

Pretty good rook app

Cant play 1 friend and 2 computers anymore. Not gonna play until it is fixed. The "auto match" players never play.

Multiplayer doesnt work.

Myself and two buddies bought this game to play with a friend who had it. None of us can make the multiplayer work in the same room, let alone over the net. What a shame.

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