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Ultimate BlackJack Reloaded app review: raise the stakes and beat the dealer

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Introduction

Just because you don’t feel like heading out to the casino doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy that same kind of action at home or on the go. The App Store is literally loaded with casino type games, including all of the popular card games like blackjack and poker. However, not all of them provide an experience or an excitement like playing in a real casino. Enter The Ultimate Blackjack Reloaded app.

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This blackjack app, which can be played on your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone, is a great example of an app designed to feel like the real thing. Unlike, many others in this category, this is a free blackjack game where you can play against the dealer, who is quite cutthroat.

In order to make this game feel and look authentic, there are all kinds of fun features added to it, which also helps to set it apart from others in this same category. Perhaps, one of the most interactive and fun features is the fact that players can actually see how they stack up next to others. There is an online challenge mode that will definitely make you feel as though you’re in an actual casino.

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Ultimate BlackJack Reloaded

Free

Designed With Gamers in Mind

The Ultimate BlackJack Reloaded app was created with gamers in mind. The developers wanted to create an offering that all skill levels could enjoy, and even perfect their skills with.

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"This game/simulation was designed to please every blackjack player, from the casual one to the professionals," said UBJ3D, the developer of the game. "Special attention was paid to the user interface giving the cards a decent size, select your preferred input method (buttons or gestures), usage of sensors to make the playing experience even more comfortable."

It’s that attention to details that really help to make this one such an authentic and engaging offering. In fact it’s proving to be a great way to familiarize yourself and even learn how to play the game before you head to the actual casino. The fact that you can enjoy the app for free makes this one all the more accessible.

This is far from the first app the developer has created, as UBJ3D has created quite an impressive library of offerings in the Apple store. Their specialty is with games, and not just with casino games. This is a developer that has plenty of experience in delivering gameplay that users enjoy, runs smoothly, and is challenging.

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Taking Blackjack to the Next Level

With the amount of features included in this Ultimate BlackJack Reloaded app it actually gets hard to compare it to the real game. In a way, this mobile version is almost better because you’re able to take advantage of fun tools and options that don’t exist in an actual casino. A big bonus is the fact you can customize the experience to your liking, something you obviously can't do at a casino. Go ahead and customize things such as the sounds, the rules of the game, the graphics, and more. As the developer explains you can set up your own "blackjack variants".

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All your game statistics are of course tracked and there are four different leaderboards you can try to work your way to the top of. As far as achievements go, there are 52 for you to try to earn.  You've got the option of playing against the computer (dealer) or you can engage in online battles by logging on through Facebook or creating an account. I think for me, the big draw is the animations. Thanks to the realistic simulation, including the shuffling machine, it comes off as the real deal. The background sounds add to the overall atmosphere, as they mimic what you'd be hearing at a real life casino.

If you are new to blackjack and are planning to use this as a tutorial on the game, be advised that you’ll need to unlock the “tutor” mode. As well, if you plan to play in “career mode”, this one requires an in-app purchase. Quick games and online games can be played for free. The game moves along as fast or slow as you want, so there is no pressure here to race through games. The dealer also speaks your current card total so you’re not trying to scramble to add them up on your own.

Be aware that the app is supported by an ad banner along the bottom of the screen. It is very small though so it really doesn’t get in the way or interfere with your game. You can remove it with an in-app purchase, but once you start to play there’s a good chance you won’t find that it bothers you.

The developers have stated that they plan on adding more features and fun in future updates, so it will be interesting to see how this game continues to evolve and try to stay ahead of the curve in this category.

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Ultimate BlackJack Reloaded

Free

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Realistic Blackjack casino experience
  • Ambient casino sounds play in the background to set the mood wonderfully
  • Large, clear display of cards and chips makes the control system very comfortable
  • Visual layout in general is very user-friendly so that you can get into the action very quickly
  • Facebook integration enables super-fast registration for Online Challenge games and access to leaderboards where you can strut your stuff amongst other card sharks
  • Boast about your latest achievements online via Facebook and Twitter
  • Invite friends and family to join in the fun via Facebook, Twitter, email, and text message
  • There are all kinds of ways to customize the look, feel, and rules of the game
  • Tutor mode is ideal for helping you learn how to play

Cons

  • There is nothing negative to say about this app

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Hit Me!

When it comes down to it, if you’re just looking for a quick and casual way to play a round of blackjack then the Ultimate BlackJack Reloaded app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone is a great option. There is a lot you can play and explore for free, and if you want, you’ve got the option of unlocking additional content. The online challenges tend to be a bit more action-packed as you know you’re actually playing against a real person, but the computer mode is great for learning about the game. Double down on this app and enjoy an authentic blackjack experience.

Ultimate BlackJack Reloaded

Free
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MarkBangs

Mark is an opinionated writer who loves to review apps. In 2012, he started reviewing Apple apps on a regular basis and wonders how he survived up to that point without these apps.