Spectrum 2.0

Review of 'Eights'

Rating:5 User: Digital Prawn

Excellent single-player version of the card game "Eights" where you compete against the speccy to be the first to discard all of your cards, thus winning some points. The amount of points won depending on the value of your opponent's non-discarded cards.

A series of games is played until the first player to reach a score of 100 or above wins the entire series. A series may take anywhere from ten minutes to an hour or so to play right through. This format allows the tension to ratchet up quite a bit when you get near to the winning post and have invested quite a bit of time playing.

The CPU AI is good and there are a selection of five difficulty levels to choose from. The Z80 can be a tricky opponent to beat.

The sound effects are numerous for a card game, down to a periodic low-frequency beep which repeatedly reminds the player it is their turn to play. Personally I tend to mute the sound effects after a while as I find them a bit intrusive during play, although it's nice to hear the congratulatory tune on winning a series. As for the graphics, they can't be faulted. Both the layout and user interface are spot-on (yes - the playing table is green :) ). The playing cards also look great. The provided instructions file also explains the rules of the game perfectly.

Overall a highly absorbing, polished card game and well worth playing. Can't believe it was a £1.99 release!