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CDS Microsystems
Card Game
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Chris Bourne

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This programs's intended for beginners and learners, and is packaged with H. Fox's book Begin Bridge. It offers both random hands and hands with a certain point count for those who get tired of passing all the time. There are lots of options for rebidding, reviewing, and replaying hands, or peeking at your opponent's cards, and the computer will understand and initiate both Stayman and Blackwood conventions.

Colossus bids strictly according to the conventional Acol point counts/distribution, with the occasional inexplicable call made by by the computer just to throw you off balance. Card play is similarly uniform. It will draw trumps, then lead out strong suits. It also finesses sometimes - although not only when it will be successful.

With its replay options and tutor program. Colossus is a very good choice for those getting to grips with the game. The screen display is clear and easy to understand, though functional rather than pretty.

Not Rated