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Bridge [Model AX-006]

Atari 2600 cart. published 41 years ago by Activision, Inc.

Bridge [Model AX-006] screenshot

Listed and emulated in MAME.

Bridge © 1980 Activision.

A computerized bridge game for one player. The computer controls both your partner and your opponents, either of which can be set to an expert or novice skill level. In the novice game, you will be able to see your partners hand while bidding while in the expert game your partners hand remains hidden. For each game, you can choose to play to either 13, 21, 25, or 29 points. After a hand is finished, you have the option of replaying the same hand if you want to practice, or you can have the computer deal a new hand. If you don't like the way a hand is going, you have the option of restarting the hand to try again. Included with the game instructions is a complete guide to how your computer partner will bid in different situations in order to help you form your strategy. Bridge was designed for people who already know how to play the game, it won't teach you how to play.

TECHNICAL

Model AX-006

TRIVIA

Larry Kaplan, designer of Bridge for Atari 2600, has been playing bridge since high school.

TIPS AND TRICKS

Tips from Larry Kaplan, designer of Bridge.

"Our game, like bridge with cards, has millions of possible hands. I calculate that our computer can deal over five hundred million different hands. None of us in the design group has yet seen the same hand twice, and we play almost every day."

"I can't give you tips on how to beat the game, because the point isn't to beat it. Its purpose is to let you have fun running through a wide variety of Bidding and playing situations, with your choice of minimum partnership point counts, playing and replaying as many hands as you want without having to gather up other players to practice."

"Many people who have tried Bridge by ACTIVISION say that it can help partners better understand each other's bidding and interpretation of the point count system. Some of you may quarrel with some of my computer playing rules, but I tried to adjust the computer bidding and playing to reflect the way a vast majority of players would react. Bridge is a wonderfully flexible game, and most players develop their own sytle of bidding and playing. That's part of the fun of it."

"I hope you enjoy our game of Bridge. I'd love to hear from you with your comments. Good luck!"

"P.S. I would like to thank a good friend and great bridge player, Jack Verson, for his invaluable assistance on Bridge by ACTIVISION."

STAFF

Programmer: Larry Kaplan

PORTS

CONSOLES:
[US] Sony PlayStation 2 (nov.19, 2002) "Activision Anthology [Model SLUS-20588]"
[EU] [AU] Sony PlayStation 2 (2003) "Activision Anthology [Model SLES-51313]"

HANDHELDS:
[US] Sony PSP (nov.8, 2006) "Activision Hits Remixed [Model ULUS-10186]"
[EU] Sony PSP (feb.9, 2007) "Activision Hits Remixed [Model ULES-00640]"
[AU] Sony PSP (feb.14, 2007) "Activision Hits Remixed [Model ULES-00640]"

COMPUTERS:
[US] PC [Microsoft Windows, CD-ROM] (oct.2003) "Activision Anthology: Remix Edition"
[US] Apple Macintosh [CD-ROM] (2003) "Activision Anthology: Remix Edition"

OTHERS:
[US] Android (aug.30, 2012) "Activision Anthology"
[US] Apple iPhone/iPad (aug.30, 2012) "Activision Anthology [Model 542727742]"
[US] "Atari Flashback 8 Gold Activision Edition" (sept.22, 2017) by AtGames

SOURCES

Game's ROM.