Thanks to an idea from Joanne at the Perkins School, we created an audio Blackjack game.
Like our other “Blindfold” games, it is designed for rapid audio play, and doesn’t need voice-over to use. First you tap with 1 to 4 fingers to place your bet: 1 finger is $1, 2 fingers is $5, 3 fingers is $25 and 4 fingers is $100. Then you swipe up to confirm your bet.
You hear the cards being dealt: two to the dealer, and two to you. The game tells you what cards you have, and what card the dealer is showing. You can draw more cards by tapping the screen, or stand by swiping up, or split or double down. Once you hand (or hands) are played, the dealer plays his hand, and either you or the dealer wins.
When the game was originally titled “Blindfold Blackjack”, my friends in Boston thought this game would be great for playing Blackjack while driving. They could play without looking at the screen. I didn’t think that would be a good idea, but I did see how the game could be fun when if you were riding the the bus, or walking, or watching TV. So I renamed it “Audio Blackjack”.
Then another marketing colleague in Miami started playing the game, and he thought it would be great for people at boring jobs that want to practice their Blackjack skills without their coworkers (or boss) finding out. I added a feature to the game where, by tapping the screen twice, the screen becomes black (as if your iPhone is off). The dealer continues to talk to you, probably through your Bluetooth headset or ear-buds, and you can continue playing.
We came up with the name “Bored-At-Work” Blackjack, and almost all of my blind game testers liked the name.
Then we tested that name, and listened to our fans, and went back to Blindfold Blackjack.
It’s free at the app store, and has some in-app upgrades for purchasing more chips.
You can get it here: Blindfold Blackjack App