Sick of Solitaire? Pooped out on Poker? Get ready to hit the beach with an addictive Israeli card game called Yaniv.
What is it?
Yaniv has some cute tiki-beach themed graphics and an upbeat calypso-styled soundtrack (though the music may not be to everyone’s taste, and can, thankfully, be disabled). If you have never heard of Yaniv, check out the Wikipedia entry (it is not hugely popular outside Israel); just be sure you come back in time for a few more rounds of the game!
How does it work?
The basic object of the game is to get the lowest number of “points” in your hand. That is calculated by adding up the value of the cards in your hand, with Aces = 0, 2-10 = their face value, and Jokers, Queens, and Kings = 11 points. There are three players (either computer-generated, auto-picked online matches, or tournaments between friends), and each player in turn tries to discard as many cards as possible, either by making a series, two/three of a kind, or by just discarding the highest-value card in the hand.
To win the game, you must get the value of your hand below seven. When that happens, you declare Yaniv, and all player’s hands are totaled. If you have the lowest hand value, you win; if you cried Yaniv too early, you lose, and the player with the lowest hand wins. The two losing players have their hand values added to their total score. The twist in this game is that you want to keep a low score. The game continues until two players reach 200 points—the player whose score remains under 200 is the match winner.
Is it contagious?
In a world of depressingly similar card games (how many variations of Solitaire actually exist anyway?), Yaniv is a refreshing new game. The rules are simple enough to pick up, and the app features a great tutorial that is the right balance of instructive-but-not-simplistic. You control the difficulty level, from Easy to Pro, so you can ramp up the action as you gain confidence.
The basic Yaniv app is free, and offers access to all the game types (single-player and match styles). With the Pro version, you lose the ads, can play unlimited online games, bump up to the Pro difficulty level, and get a handful of other features.
If the standard old card game apps just fail to hold your interest these days, Yaniv is addictive, easy to learn, and endlessly entertaining. Grab the game, and l’chaim!
Category: Games Developer: Barak Edry Cost: Free ($1.99 in-app upgrade to Pro Version) Download: Yaniv