A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
The game uses simple touch controls, but the combat can be tricky.
Violence & Scariness
While players get into fights with animals and scary creatures, the retro graphics keep this from being bloody or gory.
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Products & Purchases
When players die, they can keep going by watching an ad. An ad-free version is also available for $1.99.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
While serious Blackjack players should get their fix elsewhere, fans of old school adventure games and counting to 21 will have a lot of fun with this odd action game. In RogueJack: Roguelike BlackJack, you go on an epic, action-packed adventure, exploring a cave in search of an amulet you really, really want. Oddly enough, this cave's guarded by goblins and spiders and, uh, chickens. But while this game's pixelated, retro graphics makes it look like the classic 1980 arcade game Adventure, this puts a different spin on things by having the combat conducted through games of BlackJack. That's right, the card game where you have to get as close to 21 without going over, while hoping your opponent either gets fewer points than you or goes over 21.
Granted, these games of Blackjack don't exactly work like they do in Vegas. Some enemies play by their own rules. Skeletons, for instance, always win when there's a tie. Some enemies also require you to beat them twice before they die. But you have your own advantages, like shields you can find, which give you a second chance to beat an enemy. Admittedly, there are better Blackjack games for your phone or tablet, just as there are better adventure games. But if you like old school games and card games and getting into fights with chickens, RogueJack: Roguelike BlackJack may be the epic quest you've been searching for.
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