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Bridge Deluxe II with Omar Sharif

From the Database of Home of the Underdogs


GAME DEVELOPER:Oxford Softworks


Copyright 1996, Oxford Softworks

Bridge Deluxe II with Omar Sharif is a superb update of Oxford Softworks’ 1991 Omar Sharif on Bridge, also published by Interplay. Although the most obvious improvements are cosmetics – better graphics and lots of multimedia video starring Omar Sharif – Bridge Deluxe II also features much-improved AI and numerous new options.

The game contains a wide range of options that allow both beginners and experts to enjoy a game of bridge. You can use over 20 playing options including the Stayman Convention, Take-out Doubles, and Jacoby Transfers. You can also choose to practice different strategies such as forced slam bids, and use the take-back and review options to analyze your game. In addition to full-motion video clips (including an extensive tutorial) starring Omar Sharif (unfortunately missing from this CD-rip, in the interest of saving our precious space), the game has one of the best on-line reference materials on bridge I have ever seen. You can browse an extensive guide to bidding and strategies, a how-to guide for scoring rubbers, and even a comprehensive glossary.

With excellent AI that offers a challenge to users of all skill levels, top-notch on-line help, and many more options than other bridge programs, Bridge Deluxe II is a must-have if you enjoy the card game. You can even play with up to 3 other players in hot-seat or LAN mode, although the latter requires MS-based network and is not easy to set up. Two thumbs up, way up!

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