It’s not easy to find virtual playing card games that actually capture the essence of how invigorating it is to play with those cool sheets of laminated paper. Much to the dismay of card manufacturers such as Bicycle and Ace, developers from GameDuell GmbH have done just that. Grand Gin Rummy is a superb rendition of a classic card game that makes you feel as if you have been transported back to the roaring 20’s. In this mobile app, you have the option of four different modes to compete against a diverse community of friendly players. I felt immediately welcomed among their ranks and had a hard time pulling myself away from the table!
Unlike many mobile card games, Grand Gin Rummy attempts to conjure up a lush atmosphere of a luxurious 5 star hotel where people would frequently socialize in the past. Although this is mere illustration and animation, I found that, when playing online, other users bought into this ambience and contributed to the environment with old lingo and discussions of historical events from the period. From this playful energy, I was able to play a casual, but competitive, game of gin rummy while also enjoying the company of fellow enthusiasts. Not only were the participants accepting, but they also gave me advice on how to improve my skills and become a better player!
In my opinion, having such a dedicated and amicable following is a direct reflection of the caliber of the app itself. Grand Gin Rummy is extremely well designed and employs intelligent tactics to maintain consistent traffic as well as entice new users. Between daily bonuses, in game gifting, and Facebook friend referrals, the virtual card game has set a strong foundation to entertain thousands of users and will keep growing with the app industry. My hope is that people will continue to realize that card games should not be limited to the physical world, but rather that these games which have endured decades can be translated into mobile devices in the modern technological age.