If casual games are your thing, you might be interested to learn that Sierra On-Line has released the 2002 series of
for PC and Mac. Several of the games also include versions that are playable on Palm OS-based PDAs.
Hoyle Casino 2002 offers variations on 14 different casino games like Video Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Slots, and more. New this year are Baccarat and Video Blackjack. Additionally, Hoyle Casino includes four variations of Video Poker for the Palm.
Hoyle Card Games 2002 lets players compete in games of Bridge, Canasta, Crazy Eights, Cribbage, Euchre, Gin Rummy, Go Fish, Hearts, Memory Match, Old Maid, Pinochle, Pitch, Poker, Solitaire, Spades, and War. The game also includes a new “International Game Section,” which features the popular German card game Skat and the French game Tarot. Hoyle Card Games also offers some Palm games — four variations on Solitaire (Klondike, Pyramid, 4 Free and 3 Towers).
If board games are more your style, Hoyle Board Games 2002 offers 16 different games, including Backgammon, Battling Ships, Checkers, Chess, Chinese Checkers, Dominoes, Line ’em Up, Mahjong Tiles, Mancala, Master Match, Pachisi, Placer Racer, Reversi, Rummy Squares, Snakes & Ladders, and Yacht. Hoyle Board Games also includes a Palm-compatible version of Backgammon.
Hoyle Word Games 2002 incorporates Anagrams, DoubleCross, Enigma, Hangman, Speedy Racer, Wordox, Word Yacht and 1000 Crosswords and Word Searches from Dell Magazines. The games also incorporate support for Webster’s New World College Dictionary definitions. Hoyle Word Games offers Palm-based word searches, too.
If there are younger players in your house, you might be able to interest them in Hoyle Kids Games 2002, which include twelve fun kids’ games like Battling Ships, Checkers, Chinese Checkers, Crazy 8s, Go Fish, Hangman, Memory Match, Old Maid, Placer Racer, Snakes & Ladders, Speedy Racer or War. A new game has been included for 2002 called Bump ’em.
All titles ship as hybrid PC/Mac games on one CD-ROM. Each title except for Hoyle Kids’ Games 2002 are available for US$29.95; Hoyle Kids’ Games 2002 runs for $19.95 instead.