|★ AMSTRAD CPC ★ GAMESLIST ★ BRIDGE PLAYER 3 (c) CP SOFTWARE ★|
|Popular Computing Weekly|
Bridge Player 3, now out for the Amstrad range, is an upgraded version of CP's Bridge Player 2, rather than the confusingly similarly named Bridge Player Z7 (from the same company).
BP3 plays bridge on a standard micro format: you are always South and the computer is everyone else. You have the option of playing randomly dealt hands, a consistently superior North-South holding, or being consistently inferior. Surely only a masoch-ist would choose the last option?
The bidding is fairly sound, the only drawback being that while conventions such as Stayman and Blackwood are understood by the program, it is always up to you to initiate them. In the play, it does not 'cheat' on the E-W cards, ie, it does not play as though it can 'see' all 52 cards, which is a good thing. But it is rather erratic - several times I have seen E-W hold up a winning Ace until the trick where it can be trumped, and 'they' have discarded winners in the end-play. Somehow I feel they would not remain partners for very long in real life.
The program has also been a little confused at times and asked me to supply West's lead to the first trick, and the character set deteriorated at one point to allow West to beat my ace of trumps with the spade of clubs (sic)!
But there are several worse Bridge programs on the market. and this one has the bonus of plenty of options to allow you to practise flexibly - replay of tricks, and a peep at tricks previously played, for example.
Christina Erskinet, PopularComputingWeekly860213
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L'Amstrad CPC est une machine 8 bits à base d'un Z80 à 4MHz. Le premier de la gamme fut le CPC 464 en 1984, équipé d'un lecteur de cassettes intégré il se plaçait en concurrent du Commodore C64 beaucoup plus compliqué à utiliser et plus cher. Ce fut un réel succès et sorti cette même années le CPC 664 équipé d'un lecteur de disquettes trois pouces intégré. Sa vie fut de courte durée puisqu'en 1985 il fut remplacé par le CPC 6128 qui était plus compact, plus soigné et surtout qui avait 128Ko de RAM au lieu de 64Ko.