Blindfold Skip-Bo

Skip-Bo was originally created by Minnie Hazel “Skip” Bowman in 1967, and was commericialized by Mattel.  There are two other names for this game:  Spite and Malice, and Cat and Mouse.  We published the Blindfold version as Blindfold Cat and Mouse Solitaire.

Skip-Bo piles and cards

Trying to get a good name for this game wasn’t easy.  Like all games that are copyrighted by a large gaming company, I cannot use the copyrighted name, and I must make sufficient game changes to not violate any intellectual property associated with the commercial game.

I first published the game as Blindfold Spite and Malice, based on the original name, and fewer than 100 people downloaded the game.  Everyone was expecting a game based on revenge.  I guess revenge games aren’t that popular.

Then I changed it to Blindfold Cat and Mouse, and fewer than 50 more people downloaded the game.  Now everyone was expecting a chasing game.

One of the testers recommended I include the concepts of a card game, and of solitaire, into the name, so I tested the name “Blindfold Cat and Mouse Solitaire”.  That did the trick, and the game took off.

The general idea of the game is that each player uses skill and strategy to create stacks of sequentially numbered, ascending cards (2,3,4…) until they have no more left to play. Once everyone is dealt their own personal stockpile of cards, play begins by drawing from a central pile and building up to four “build” piles. There are a bunch of wild-cards that can break up static situations and can be played as any number.

The first player to deplete all of his or her stockpile cards is the winner.  Just like UNO, which is known as Blindfold Wildcard, Blindfold Cat and Mouse Solitaire’ is an easy game to learn and play.  You can play against one, two or three computer opponents, and you adjust your opponent’s skill to make the game more challenging.

Like all Blindfold card games, moving and playing cards is done with swipe and tap gestures.  For example, to move within your hand, swipe left and right; each time the card read to you.  To move between piles of cards, swipe left and right with two fingers.  To select a card to play, tap twice.  To move that card to another piles, swipe left or right with two fingers to get to the piles you want,  then tap twice again.

To download this game: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blindfold-spite/id1155519894?&mt=8

 

 

 

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