In , Sierra On-Line, Inc. publishes Hoyle: Official Book of Games - Volume 1 on DOS. Also published on Mac, Amiga and Atari ST, this strategy and puzzle. Developed bySierra On-Line, terney.infoedAlso ForAmiga, Atari ST, MacintoshPublished bySierra On-Line. Hoyle's Official Book of Games is a series of games produced by Sierra Entertainment. Volume 1, released in , featured.
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Hoyle is a name best known for the various books that compiled the rules for numerous card, dice, board, and token-style games, also known as "Classic Games. ClassicReload» Hoyle Official Book of Games - Volume 1. Hoyle Official Book of Games - Volume 1. Social Links. Notices. 6/9/ terney.info users. Edmond Hoyle, in the early 18th century, compiled the basic rules of play for card games into one book. Now Sierra brings you six games to play "according to.
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First and best in Sierra's underrated series of computerized parlor games based on the most popular anthology book of the same name, Hoyle Official Book of Games features six popular care games: What sets the game apart from other card games are the excellent graphics, intuitive mouse-based user interface, and-- best of all-- the ability to choose popular Sierra game characters as your opponents.
Each card game comes complete with well-written on-line rules that can be called up at any time during game. Opponents you can choose to play against are classified as 9 "not-so-serious," and 9 "serious" players.
Clicking on their portraits yields a brief introduction, along with games they are good at. Although these are the same 18 opponents for all card games, the fact that you only play against of them at a time keep the replay value high.
One of the best features of the game is the conversation you will hear among the opponents, as well as between them and you, the player. This is most fun coming from opponents who are characters from famous Sierra games e. King's Quest and Space Quest. King Graham, for instance, will brag about his adventures in Daventry, Roger Wilco will dreadfully recall his tasks as a galactic janitor, and Sonny Bonds will share anecdotes about police life. They will even bicker among themselves depending on how well they know the other people!
The "not-so-serious" players which most Sierra characters are will also give you gentle hints and nudges when you spend a long time thinking, or make an invalid move.
You can also turn off their incessant chatter once it begins to get on your nerves. These opponents are also well-animated, and you can use their facial expressions as signals of how well they are doing. It is entertaining to watch Princess Rosella grimace after getting a bad hand, and that grumpy Colonel Henry from Colonel's Bequest grit his teeth and concede defeat after losing badly: Overall, Hoyle Official Book of Games is a great collection of card games that may not boast the best AI, but is very user-friendly and enjoyable.
Highly recommended, especially for fans of Sierra adventure games and card game beginners. Thumbs up! Screenshots from MobyGames. Kent 0 point DOS version. This is far better than the later Hoyle games. Loads of charm and replayability.
The later games with better graphics lost a lot of the appeal and are more sterile. Drignor 0 point DOS version. Because you require DOSBox to emulate DOS before you can play, it's madness to expect a 30 year old game to run on a modern PC and frankly dangerous to even try - that's how tears in spacetime are formed!
Spunkyd99 0 point DOS version. This time, the pack offered 28 games, as opposed to the first volume 's six.
The other main difference between the two was that all the games were solitaire variants, so there was no option for choosing opponents. Subsequently, the game did not feature any Sierra characters for co-players. The 28 solitaire games offered are: Volume 3 was the third volume in Sierra On-Line 's series of computer games based on the officially licensed Hoyle rules and trademark. Unlike the two previous games, this one was made with Sierra's new improved VGA engine, and focused on board games , where the previous entries in the series had featured card games.
Like the first volume, and unlike the second volume, this game offers Sierra characters as opponents in the various games. They do not interact with each other or have conversations as in the first game, but several of them have themed comments, catch phrase or accented style comments though these are uncommon.
For example, the Sheriff may refer to himself as the "Great Nottingham", or Baba Yaga who refers to her opponents as 'dearie'.
Some characters are more specific than others, and some are more generic. It also depends on the game, a character might have more interesting things to say about plays in one game, but have generic comments to say in another. There was a set with 'Classic Characters' to play with and one with an increased number of Sierra characters as well.
Load screens involve a silly comments made by the Classic characters, in relationship to whatever game was loading. The number of games was increased to eight, with the inclusion of Contract Bridge and Euchre.
There is some digitized speech for each character. Each character has five unique expressions in full speech ranging from dislike at the plays, happiness, or praise. There are a few additional text based messages in theme for each character for some of the games, but only relate to the gameplay characters do not have conversations with each other outside of the scope of the game.
All the artwork and character sprites look like old fashioned and sepia-toned.
The first CD-rom version of the game , has over 30 characters to choose from including 'animated', 'icon', and 'business'. We run on donations averaging around 6 USD 5 Euro. If everyone reading this gave the price of a cup of coffee, our fundraiser would be made easier. If Abandonia is useful to you, take one minute to keep it online for another year.
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Please let us know how we could make it easier for you. Hoyle is a name best known for the various books that compiled the rules for numerous card, dice, board, and token-style games, also known as "Classic Games. For beginners who may have never heard of any of these games, there are complete rules provided within the game. Hoyle Volume 1 Includes: If the player tries to perform an illegal action within the game, they will receive a reminder that what was tried is not possible, or that something else has to be done first.
Sounds are off by default, which is good because they are annoying beeps and not worth listening to. The Hoyle volumes were released through the Sierra company, and you may recognize some of the "Characters" that you can play as or have as opponents, as many come from other Sierra titles. Each one advertises their "game" when you select them as opponents.
Some of them are beginners and can be beaten easily, once you know the rules of the game; others are quite skilled and cunning, making them a challenge even for experts.