Ace of Hearts on X1000
Hi all and Happy New Year 2014! I am back from my trip to Japan, and fired up my X1000 for the first time in 2014 to find out a new game has been released for AmigaOS4 - Ace of Hearts!
Ace of Hearts is a Poker card game created by Cherry Darling. It has been released for most common formats - PC, iPhone, etc, but there is also a AmigaOS4 version available!
Excited by having a new game to try out, I quickly bought it from their website here, you can also download the demo version from their website or from os4depot if you want to try it out first.
If you buy Ace of Hearts, you will receive an email containing the link to download the full version of the game. It costs 5,90Euro to purchase it.
After downloading the full version archive and extracting it, you get some nicely drawn icons to run the game from, and a read me.txt file too. Given this is now 2014, I decided to change my 2013 Workbench background on the X1000 to another of DJ Nicks backdrops that I didn't use yet (Click to expand):
Two for the price of one - you get the AmigaOS4 version and the MorphOS version in the same archive:
The read me.txt contains some information about some recommended MorphOS version settings and some notes for the AmigaOS4 version. Although it mentions some potential performance issues, I didn't encounter these on my X1000 in testing it:
On the Main Menu, the Achievements option shows you all the achievements you can earn through the game, and your progress in getting them!
Back on the Main Menu, I decided to try out the Royal Casino game. when selected you see this information screen prior to starting the game - you start with $100 to bet with.
You can also click on the Top 10 and Online Rankings to see how you compare to the best players:
These helpful tips are just shown for the first hand so you can get the hang of what to do, but it is fairly easy to pickup for anyone who has played Poker before:
So we get into the first hand, which is not so great for me - a pair of 2's is not a great start:
Progressing through the first hand and helpful tips, the game moves along quite smoothly:
I won my first game, which was great - you can choose to risk your winnings or cash it:
I decide to Risk my winnings, and unlock an achievement for getting three of a kind as well:
As this is the first time I have done the risk section, the help appears again to explain what to do:
Amazingly I got another achievement before I even played the Street-shuffle risk game!
You have to guess which position the red queen card is in after shuffling, which is definitely not easy to track, but I got it right first time out!
So, back to the main game screen, and I selected to increase my per hand bet from $1 to $10.
I was lucky enough to win a few hands:
I even got a Full House! When you lose games and lose the Risk section (which I did a lot), there is a luck bar at the top of the screen which increases each time, making it more likely you will get a good hand the next time.
I then got too aggressive with the risk sections after each hand that I won, and lost all my money, which apparently you get an achievement award for as well!
Game over I am afraid, no more money: