Frantic Frankfurt

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Players:
1
Multiplayer:no
AI:N/A
Universal App:Yes (there is a single app which works on both iPhone and iPad in HD)
Purchase for iPhone:Use link below to purchase universal app
Purchase for iPad:
Frantic Frankfurt
Price: Free
User rating:
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Frantic Frankfurt, 7.8 out of 10 based on 13 ratings


An unassuming little card game with a simple premise. However, you might find that you’ll be reaching for one more game as the game will inevitably conclude (win or fail) slightly before you’re ready to give it up.

Gameplay

The premise of this game is to discard your cards as quickly as possible, so in some respects it’s little more than a fanciful solitaire game. There are four colours of cards, numbered from 1 – 20, although there are multiples of each. The player has four decks of various cards in front of them of where only the top card is visible.

Importantly, play is constrained by two rules: to play a card of a different colour (on top of the one on the deck) it has to be of a higher value; and to play a card of the same colour it has to be a value that is even played on top of an odd card, or an odd card played on top of an even one. This combination constrains how you play the game and because the combination of rules are somewhat counterposed it can be easy to be caught in a moment of paralysis as you have to clear your thoughts for what your options are. However, since you’re playing solitaire, the pressure for rushing through your play is somewhat mitigated.

Implementation

This is based off a physical game of the same name, which is designed to be played as quickly as possible among a number of players. It’s also a game where the players are restricted to the use of one hand, and that becomes a moot point through the iPad implementation. However as a conversion, the game is effectively an untimed variant of solitaire. The pressure is off making it an analytic game rather than a fast-paced game of competition. The iPad implementation compensated by setting up a time frame by which you have to complete your game, but it’s not quite the same. Interestingly, the developers of this game have gone to efforts to find more play modes so fans of this game might discover aspects to it they never had considered before.

One of the major advantages of being played on an iPad is the fact that it arbitrates your moves and prevents erroneous plays. When playing the physical version, due to the rapid fire nature of play, it is quite possible to cheat by playing false cards while everyone is focused on their own hand. Indeed, one of the problems with this game is if you’re spending time trying to observe and analyse other players’ moves for errors then you’re not focusing on your own game and potentially wasting time. The neutral arbiter that is the iPad resolves this issue.

Verdict

4/10: It’s a simple game and for me I think has been converted into a more complex variant of solitaire. However, the cost is free so you can download the game and have a bit of fun distraction without feeling like you’ve lost anything but a bit of time. Although, where this game loses most of its points for me is the fact that it is filled with advertising. This wasn’t always the case and I’ve noticed over the months that the numbers of adds has increased.

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