For years, businessmen, kids, and adults alike have put their work
aside and opened a computer card game to pass the time away.
When Once Microsoft began to bundle a simple version of Solitaire
into their Windows platform, many executives knew the business
world would never be same. Executives continuously found their
employees putting their work aside for a quick game of Solitaire.
Some workers even challenged other coworkers in time trials of
Solitaire. The computer card playing led to anti-gaming laws in
the office, yet people everywhere continue to procrastinate their
time away with a quick game of cards.
The Real Deal 2 retains the spirit and fun of the original Solitaire
games, but adds more flare and variety. The sequel adds seven
new games to the original including 7 Card Stud, Baccarat, Black
Jack, Pai Gow Poker, Poker, Red Dog and Texas Hold ‘Em. The
Real Deal 2 also retains the 10 classic games from the original
such as Pinochle, Hearts, Spades, Cribbage, Euchre, Whist,
Thirty-One, Crazy Eights, Oh Hell, and Auction Pitch.
Every game includes colorful playing cards and an assortment of
midi music. As you probably know, these games are not versions
of Solitaire so the computer has to simulate players for you. When
you begin a game, you choose ‘virtual" partners and opponents for
the game. Each player has a picture, short biography, and skill
level to add to the realism. As in real card games, there is much
talking or bragging across the table. Every character usually
actually talks during the game with real speech done by amateur
In each game, help files and playing tools are there to assist even
the most awful players. In the seven new games, you can even
watch short help video clips. The games are pretty
straightforward, as you would expect with card games. Anyone
can learn how to play Cribbage or Euchre with the tables and help
One of the additions The Real Deal adds to the card game genre is
multiplayer. The Real Deal 2 offers Internet and Modem play for
up to four players. The game ran great on even the slowest of
connections. The Spec actually say 14.4k modem required for
Internet play so those of you even with a 28.8k modem will
experience perfect gameplay.
As far as card games go, this title isn’t bad. The team games such
as Hearts and Spades are quite fun. Although this title doesn’t
hold as much excitement as Quake II or Unreal, don’t dismiss this
title so easily. If you want a simple classic game that will offer
more excitement and variety than Solitaire then the game is
perfect. So the next time you have a term paper due and have a
little writers block, put your mind at ease with a little Red Dog,
Crazy Eights, or Spades.