Interactive Games


1. BlackJack: click here.

Blackjack is a simple, popular card game that is played in many casinos. Cards in Blackjack have the following values: an ace may be valued as either 1 or 11 (player’s choice), face cards (kings, queens and jacks) are valued at 10 and the value of the remaining cards corresponds to their number. During a round of Blackjack, the players plays against a dealer with the goal of building a hand (a collection of cards) whose cards have a total value that is higher than the value of the dealer’s hand, but not over 21. (Around of Blackjack is also sometimes referred to as a hand.) The game logic for our simplified version of Blackjack is as follows. The player and the dealer are each dealt two cards initially with one of the dealer’s cards being dealt faced down (his hole card). The player may then ask for the dealer to repeatedly “hit” his hand by dealing him another card. If, at any point, the value of the player’s hand exceeds 21, the player is “busted” and loses immediately. At any point prior to busting, the player may “stand” and the dealer will then hit his hand until the value of his hand is 17 or more. (For the dealer, aces count as 11 unless it causes the dealer’s hand to bust). If the dealer busts, the player wins. Otherwise, the player and dealer then compare the values of their hands and the hand with the higher value wins. The dealer wins ties in our version.

2. RickRocks (Asteroids) click here.

Asteroids is a relatively simple game by today’s standards, but was still immensely popular during its time. (Joe spent countless quarters playing it.) In the game, the player controls a spaceship via four buttons: two buttons that rotate the spaceship clockwise or counterclockwise (independent of its current velocity), a thrust button that accelerates the ship in its forward direction and a fire button that shoots missiles. Large asteroids spawn randomly on the screen with random velocities. The player’s goal is to destroy these asteroids before they strike the player’s ship. In the arcade version, a large rock hit by a missile split into several fast moving small asteroids that themselves must be destroyed. Occasionally, a flying saucer also crosses the screen and attempts to destroy the player’s spaceship. Searching for “asteroids arcade” yields links to multiple versions of Asteroids that are available on the web (including an updated version by Atari, the original creator of Asteroids).

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