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Reviews of Snackjack
 | Added on: September 15, 2011
It's a different kind of game, but once I figured it out I was hooked. Play 4 blackjack hands to feed your pigs, get a certain number of snacks each level and advance further. Then retire the pig to a retirement farm, and here as you retire more pigs you can unlock items to build onto the farm. The whole game is very cute, good graphics and animations; and the gameplay is quite challenging... but I like that; you need to think fast on your feet! What helped me most was going through the tutorial. It shows all the different ways to score, like making '5 Card Charlies' and Straights with your 4 hands. And if you beat the Dealer at the end of the round with all 4 of your hands, you get bonus snacks. Now that I know all the different ways to score, the game is getting quite addictive. I keep coming back to beat my old scores, and now I'm getting some pretty fat pigs!
 | Added on: October 12, 2011
i really didn't think i'd like this game, but i do. the cute pig that grows as u win 21. he even burps after he's eaten his snacks. i played an hr, and only got 2 pigs on my farm. this is a really challenging game. i like the different uniforms the dealer wears. the graphics are pretty simple, but they work for this game. i could see myself playing this game for hrs. the sound effects (xcept the burp) were annoying, but what the heck...
 | Added on: October 17, 2011
After almost an hour of play, I only made it to round/level 3. That's because if you make a mistake, the game starts you right back at the beginning. While the tutorial was helpful, and necessary to play the game, it just didn't go far enough to explain what was going on. The concept was cute: get winning hands of 21 in blackjack to earn snacks for the pig, but how you could go about doing that was only partially described in the tutorial. And they had to be hands of 21. Anything less and you lost the level. While the tutorial mentioned that you could move individual cards from one hand to another, the tutorial doesn't tell you that you get penalized points for doing so. Once you have set up your four hands of cards with hits, the only way to keep going to try to get perfect 21s, and the snacks to keep the game going, is to "bust" a hand by going over 21 and starting that hand over. Again, something not mentioned in the tutorial. All of this is done under a reasonable timer. The graphics are fun, as is the concept. But I just don't understand game developers who sink all that time into game design only to include weak instructions that frustrate the player. Having to keep starting over killed this game for me, and is what earned it the two stars.
 | Added on: September 12, 2011
I thought this might be a little like Turbo 21, and it is - sort of. But you have to get increasing numbers of 21s, 5 Card Charlies, or some bonus games. It gets hard to do unless you get perfect deals. It wouldn't be so bad, except that when you fail to get the required number of snacks for your pig, you have to go all the way back to the beginning level of the game and start over. I hate that. I don't mind playing a level several times, but do NOT make me start the game over. I played about 20 minutes of the demo, and it was more than enough. Tossing this one.
 | Added on: November 17, 2011
I liked "touch master" for DS, especially "Target 21" in it. So I looked for the same kind of game and found this snackjack. Target 21 ends when you made five hands and add up the points. but this game is different. You need to discard (go bust) the hand when you cannot put the card in your 4 hands and go through a deck of cards within 70 seconds. The only time you aim for big number(such as 20, 19, 18 ) are the last moment when the timer becomes red. (after the timer hit zero, dealer's hand is compared to player's hands like usual poker) Other than that, only "21" s are counted. If you cannot take much points, aim for "11" (2+9, 8+3, 7+4, 6+5 and A itself) then add 10 because all 10, J, Q,Ks are counted as 10, aiming for 11 and add 10 is the easiest to get 21. Looking for other combinations such as straight and five card bonus is not easy, and time is rather limited, so probably it is a good idea to wait until you get the knack. This game is fast paced (one round is limited to 70 seconds) and if you cannot meet the required number of snacks you need to start over from the first round. That is the only thing I don't like about this game. if there is "no timer" and have the "replay the same level" version of this game, I would like to have it!