Spades
Card (Games)

★ Top Developer (awarded 2013 and 2015) ★
★★ Our biggest upgrade: May 2017. See end of description for full details! ★★
Spades Free has been substantially updated and is now much stronger, with a new bidding system. Its new game intelligence allows it to make creative plays that conventional programs cannot make, often breaking the usual rule-of-thumb to find new winning plans.

The new CPU players will now also talk to each other - and you - in speech bubbles and smile or frown to let you know how they feel!

Spades Free brings this classic 4-player contract trick taking card game to Google Play. Created to the same high standard as the rest of our games, Spades Free supplies classy graphics, super smooth gameplay, highly scalable difficulty & much more. Spades has never been so good!

Featuring:

★ Full Spades Partnership Play
★ 21 CPU characters of varying skill (beginner to expert)
★ NEW! 3 new CPU characters
★ NEW! Option to have CPU characters chat during play (Android 4.0+)!
★ NEW! A new bidding system allowing a more creative game!
★ NEW! Set your own name!
★ Choose your Spades partner and who to play against, or go random!
★ Select from 17 different backgrounds or use your custom background!
★ Human and CPU player stats!
★ Undo & Hints
★ Game Rules & Help
★ Designed for both Tablet and Phone
★ Jokers, Barmore, NYC and Deuces available
★ In-game score help: tap end-of-hand scores for explanations
★ "Pro mode" option for stronger play
★ "Speed Play" option for fast games
★ "Aggression" option to make all CPU players bid more aggressively
★ In-game displays to help player track rules in use

Summary of major new engine work completed in this new version:

4 years after the original release of Spades Free, we are happy to announce our single greatest improvement in play quality, after a prolonged period devoted just to Spades. This has always been a collaborative project shared with York University and has combined the best of AI research with game industry engineering to achieve the best result so far. In this last period particular attention was paid to bidding and the Nil game, but we also made substantial progress in the Joker variants and efficiency of the analysis. We believe that the end product was worth it. Discover the updated play for yourself!

We are looking to add more great features and game variants for Spades Free. Watch this space!

What's New
Version 1.78 (Jun 11, 2018)

Fixes potential issue with stats backup on Android Oreo

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Version 1.776 (May 09, 2018)

1.776: Improvements in AI (especially with card passing), new menu option to check current rule set, plus new rules options for: Disallowing Nil bids, 2 card passing on Nils, -10pts for each overtrick, and 10 for 200 bids

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Version 1.762 (Jan 08, 2018)

1.762: Fixes possible card play issue

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Version 1.761 (Nov 29, 2017)

1.761: Fixes possible crash in options related to festive theme
1.76: Improved default Bid Aggression and Nil Inclination settings for stronger play.

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Version 1.76 (Nov 27, 2017)

1.76: Improved default Bid Aggression and Nil Inclination settings for stronger play.

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Version 1.752 (Oct 06, 2017)

1.752: Further tuning of AI

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Version 1.74 (Sep 05, 2017)

1.74: Further improvements to play strength

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Version 1.734 (Jun 21, 2017)

1.734: Fix for rare double Nil situation

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Version 1.731 (Jun 19, 2017)

1.731: Now you can control CPU player Bid Aggression and Nil Inclination directly! (See options screen)

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Version 1.722 (May 15, 2017)

- New festive theme with animated snow background!
- New card deck added plus 3 snowy backdrops!

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Version 1.72 (May 12, 2017)

- New festive theme with animated snow background!
- New card deck added plus 3 snowy backdrops!

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Version 1.713 (May 05, 2017)

- New festive theme with animated snow background!
- New card deck added plus 3 snowy backdrops!

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Version 1.712 (May 04, 2017)

- New festive theme with animated snow background!
- New card deck added plus 3 snowy backdrops!

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Version 1.71 (May 03, 2017)

- New festive theme with animated snow background!
- New card deck added plus 3 snowy backdrops!

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Version 1.671 (Nov 30, 2016)

- New festive theme with animated snow background!
- New card deck added plus 3 snowy backdrops!

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Version 1.67 (Nov 29, 2016)

- New festive theme with animated snow background!
- New card deck added plus 3 snowy backdrops!

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Version 1.66 (Sep 15, 2016)

1.66:
- Improved Nil play
- Added random opponent option
- Added void suit indicator option
- New Hand Animation/SFX option
- Other tweaks and fixes

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Version 1.652 (Aug 05, 2016)

1.652:
- Fixes issues with undo and looped moves on some 64 bit processor devices caused by compiler
1.65:
- Re-build with new compiler. Up to 3x faster
1.64:
- Updates in response to user feedback
- Replace the disliked thinking clock, including option to not show any thinking animation
- Improve illegal move response and addition of naming trump rule options

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Version 1.651 (Aug 04, 2016)

1.651:
- Apologies - fixed issue with Undo on some devices caused by compiler
1.65:
- Re-build with new compiler. Up to 3x faster
1.64:
- Updates in response to user feedback
- Replace the disliked thinking clock, including option to not show any thinking animation
- Improve illegal move response and addition of naming trump rule options

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Version 1.64 (Jul 27, 2016)

1.64 - Updates in response to user feedback
- Replace the disliked thinking clock, including option to not show any thinking animation
- Improve illegal move response and addition of naming trump rule options

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Version 1.631 (Jul 21, 2016)

1.631:
- Fix rare bidding overflow bug
1.63:
- fixes with Joker game bidding
1.62:
- Bidding improvements
- "Aggressive Bidding" option added
1.61:
- Default AI speed increased.
- "Speed Play" option added for faster AI moves (at the expense of some play strength)
- Fixes underbidding in some trump modes
1.6:
- Improved AI, in-game score table explanation, Pro Mode added

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Version 1.63 (Jul 20, 2016)

1.63:
- fixes with Joker game bidding
1.62:
- Bidding improvements
- "Aggressive Bidding" option added
1.61:
- Default AI speed increased.
- "Speed Play" option added for faster AI moves (at the expense of some play strength)
- Fixes underbidding in some trump modes
1.6:
- Improved AI, in-game score table explanation, Pro Mode added

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Version 1.62 (Jul 07, 2016)

1.62:
- Bidding improvements
- "Aggressive Bidding" option added
1.61:
- Default AI speed increased.
- "Speed Play" option added for faster AI moves (at the expense of some play strength)
- Fixes underbidding in some trump modes
1.6:
- Improved AI, in-game score table explanation, Pro Mode added

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Version 1.61 (Jun 30, 2016)

1.61:
- Default AI speed increased.
- "Speed Play" option added for faster AI moves (at the expense of some play strength)
- Fixes underbidding in some trump modes
1.6:
- Improved AI, in-game score table explanation, Pro Mode added

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Version 1.602 (Jun 27, 2016)

1.6:
- AI update and in-game score table explanation

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Version 1.51 (May 27, 2016)

1.51:
- Game now reminds you about the current trump setting when bidding
- Button added to remind users how to speed up gameplay

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Version 1.5 (Apr 08, 2016)

1.5: Google Play Games achievements added.

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Version 1.451 (Feb 02, 2016)

1.451: Fixes a custom background bug in Android 6.0

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Version 1.45 (Dec 02, 2015)

- New backgrounds only for Paid version
- Reduced install size

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Version 1.43 (Apr 24, 2015)

1.43:
- Fixes custom background bug on Android 5.0+
1.41:
- Allows screen to be used upside down in portrait mode (on some devices)
1.4
- Added Jokers and Deuces options!
- Added "Show winning card" option.
1.341
- Bidding correction on one rule variant
1.34
- Bug fix in bidding
- Strengthen weaker levels
1.331:
- Code optimisation
- Art updates
1.33:
- Significant updates to AI
- Animated CPU players (can be switched off in options)

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Version 1.41 (Oct 19, 2014)
Version 1.4 (Feb 26, 2014)
Version 1.341 (Sep 04, 2013)
Version 1.34 (Sep 03, 2013)
Version 1.331 (Aug 16, 2013)
Version 1.33 (Aug 07, 2013)
Version 1.321 (Jun 22, 2013)
Version 1.32 (Jun 18, 2013)
Version 1.313 (May 08, 2013)
Version 1.312 (Apr 24, 2013)
Version 1.311 (Apr 20, 2013)
Version 1.31 (Apr 18, 2013)
Version 1.301 (Dec 14, 2012)
Version 1.3 (Nov 29, 2012)
Version 1.24 (Oct 25, 2012)
Version 1.23 (Oct 17, 2012)
Version 1.22 (Oct 11, 2012)
Version 1.21 (Oct 05, 2012)
Version 1.2 (Oct 03, 2012)
Version 1.12 (Jul 11, 2012)
Version 1.11 (Jul 04, 2012)
Version 1.1 (May 22, 2012)
Version 1.08 (Feb 14, 2012)




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