Yes, I play games on my Mac. It helps me keep my sanity when my kids are taking a nap. Yes, I play games on my iPhone, too. While driving. I like to live dangerously. Kids, not driving.
Yes, my iPhone has 10 times as many games. Why? It’s easier to buy 99-cent games for an iPhone than it is to buy $19 games for the Mac. What’s my latest set of games for Mac and iPhone? Cribbage. Yes, Cribbage.
Cribbage Is A 400-Year-Old Game
There’s no shortage of clever games for Mac and iPhone. I’m still trying to learn how to land an airplane on my Mac. But I can slice and dice more fruit than my husband using Fruit Ninja on my iPhone.
Maybe I’m taking out my parental frustrations on the fruit.
To reduce my penchant for game violence, I’ve engaged in an ancient game—Cribbage by name. There’s about a dozen Cribbage games on the iPhone. Half a dozen for Mac users. Two that are worthwhile.
Cribbage Plus! is an abnormal Cribbage game with pegging to 31 and beyond with a customizable point system.
This version allows counting other numbers instead of 15, including random numbers to get a different number with each hand. Cribbage Plus comes with three levels—Novice Nelly, The Professor, and God.
God is tough to beat, but you can name him whatever you want.
Cribbage Plus! also remembers how you played (and whom) in each game so you can get better over time.
GrassGames’ Cribbage is a few dollars more and comes with a different feature set. It’s 3D and you can play other Cribbage users on a network, and play against opponents who reside in your computer.
What? You think Cribbage is an old game? It is.
From what I can dig up in my meticulous research (Wikipedia), Cribbage actually has origins dating back to 400 years ago (older than my parents who taught me Cribbage).
Did I mention the dozen or so iPhone Cribbage apps ranging from free to $1.99?
There’s also an online resource called Cribbage Corner which does reviews of Cribbage games and gives hints, tips, tricks, for mobile device Cribbage games.
The two Mac versions are a welcome relief to my iPhone weary eyes, though I’m pretty sure I lose brain cells faster than I gain points playing Cribbage.