AS A GENERAL rule, card games do not benefit by being translated into computer programs but Brag, for the 48K Spectrum, almost manages to compensate for the lack of real players and cash which usually make for the excitement of this classic gambling game.
Both the cassette insert and the program give clear, easy-to-follow instructions on the rules of the game for those who have never played it previously. When play starts, the screen display is carefully thought out and the action is fast - almost too fast to follow in the case of the demonstration game the computer will play for you.
The program simulates the game very faithfully, not just by reproducing the rules, but by incorporating a bluffing element, and even varying styles of play for each of the three players which it represents. The computer will even adapt its style of play to yours if you attempt to bluff too often and, when you pay to see the other players' hands, it will show you thoughtfully not just the cards but who won and the state of everyone's winnings.
The author claims that the program is almost impossible to beat and has certainly made the attempt as addictive as possible. Even if you do not enjoy swapping bluffs with a computer the program should help to prepare you for any encounters with real-life Brag players.
Brag is available from T Lebon, Little Brays, Brays Lane, Rochford, Essex SS4 3RP.