Ban Luck 3D – Chinese Blackjack, a Challenging game of 21
Jan 31, 2012 8:37 AM –
Ban Luck 3D – Chinese Blackjack let’s you play Blackjack in a relatively polished 3D setting. There are stacks of achievements to unlock as you gradually progress through the rankings. If you’re a card game fan and need something new, this could be just the game you’re looking for.
Tested on: HTC Desire HD
Pros & Cons:
- 3D Graphics!
- Challenging gameplay!
- Text-to-speech option!
- Papaya integrated!
- Takes quite a while to build up levels and you are heavily restricted to start with.
Ban Luck 3D is a pretty cool Blackjack game which is designed in smart 3D. The benefits of this is the game is actually quite immersive. Instead of the cards being laid out in front of you which it often is in 2D card games, it kind of comes towards you- much like the way you would play naturally.
There are a few extra rules in this version of Blackjack; such as two cards of the same number being a winning hand. However this often speeds things along quite nicely and gameplay is delivered quickly. To start, you are heavily restricted by what you can bet. You have stacks of chips but initially you can only bet one at a time. The more you play, however, the higher the level you attain, which then lets you bet higher stakes. It does seem to take a while to accumulate levels after all and I often found it frustrating that it was at such a slow pace compared to actual gameplay.
The game itself is quite challenging. I’ve often played virtual card games to find it favours the player more often than not, certainly more favourably than real life cards. I guess this is done to encourage the user to play more, but this isn’t the case with Ban Luck 3D. The game instead feels more challenging and natural to play. Obviously you might lose more, and coin accumulation is slower but I found this aspect quite refreshing.
In addition to including various achievements and score sharing through the Papaya network, the game also features text-to-speak. When a hand is dealt the game will read your cards out to you, say ‘Bust’, ‘You Win’, etc. While this doesn’t add very much, it’s a nice touch and adds another dimension.
Ban Luck 3D – In-hand view, bust!
Ban Luck 3D – In-hand view 2
Ban Luck 3D – Placing bets
Ban Luck 3D – Winning hand
Ban Luck 3D – Winning game
Ban Luck 3D – Moving up a level
Ban Luck 3D – Level complete
Ban Luck 3D – Menu
The game, once you get into it, is lots of fun. It would be much more so, however, if it wasn’t for the severe restrictions on betting.
I think most cards games can become relatively addictive. Whether in the past you’ve played Blackjack, Poker, Bridge or even Snap- there’s something evocative about table games which integrates itself into most cultures around the world. Despite being an Android game Ban Luck 3D is still addictive and fun to play.
The graphics are 3D and quite reasonable. Certainly not the best in 3D graphics, and perhaps a bit scruffy around the edges, but the effect is still a positive one and an improvement on many dull 2D games.
Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:
I should mention here the text-to-speech engine which is used in the game. When you get cards delivered to you, and if you choose it, the game will read the cards out to you. This a novel affect and pretty good. It doesn’t add much to the gameplay, but it’s a genuinely nice touch.
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