One of the worst things about playing card games is realizing there’s a card missing from your deck. This is followed by not having anyone to play with at all. With these apps you’ll never have to worry about that! The great thing about iOS games is that you’re exposed to so many more games than you could ever learn on your own from friends and family, and most have decent tutorials so you can learn even if you’ve never played before. If you’re up for some cutting-edge tech to play some current and classic games, check out our list of the best card games for iPhone.
The best card games for iPhone
21 Mar 2020, by Cherry Mae Torrevillas
The Riverboat Gambler app is one of the best yet not yet fully appreciated app in this category. Boasting 33 games with this number increasing all the time, this app covers many different casino games all in one. Each game has detailed instructions on how to play, vital as they have many games I hadn’t even heard of before but it’s very interesting to see this variety. What we liked a lot is that the developer takes an active interest in the Feedback from users, replying to all comments and even adding games from requests.
- Separate sets of achievements for each game
- 33 different casino games to choose from
- Clear instructions for each game
- Frequent bonus chips awarded throughout the day
Boasting the biggest community of Gin Rummy players, the Gin Rummy Plus – card game by Zynga tops our list. You can compete against hundreds of thousands of players around the world, a number I expect to be true based on the more than 30,000 ratings in the Appstore, giving it an average 4.5-star approval. What impressed us most is the frequency that the developers update the app – 25 times in the last 6 months which tells us that they pay attention to quality.
- Exclusive events offering new game modes and free chips
- Multiplayer mode
- Super social experience
- Progressive jackpots
The Texas Hold’em Poker: Pokerist app stands out amongst other card game apps as it is simply loaded with features. One of 11 apps developed by KamaGames, it has an average 4.6 star rating from almost 20,000 users. Using a certified Random Number Generator, they claim to offer the fairest gameplay possible. Offering daily bonuses and free chips and a chat feature, they clearly want you to stay. You can even play up to 25 hands at the same time.
- Play daily to get free chips
- Weekly tournaments and leaderboard
- Chat feature
- No registration required
BC Blackjack is a realistic Blackjack game that offers 3D table, chips, and cards. It has basic strategy cards and a built-in trainer that helps you learn the skills you need to improve your game (or learn to play if you’ve never played before). Features include the option to customize table rules to match your favorite casino, the ability to start a new game at any time, and no paying for chips. The cards are full-sized, so there’s no problem seeing them. If you want higher limit tables, practice mode, eliminate ads, and more, you can upgrade to the Pro version.
- Realistic tables, cards, and chips
- Full-sized decks
- Customizable rules
- Built-in trainer
- Free with in-app purchase to upgrade to Pro
The Cribbage classic app from Games by Post LLC is one of a dozen card and board game apps in their portfolio. The app has been recently updated a few times and the current version is a good app compared to others in this category. Based on the popular Cribbage game, the app is designed for both the early learner and for those wanting to become experts.
- Different settings for different goals. Learn or master the game
- Statistics so that you can monitor your progress
- Summary of your bad plays to help you improve
- Unique “Discard Analyzer” that helps you learn as you play
Card Shark Solitaire is the app for people who love all forms of Solitaire in addition to other card games. It supports Klondike, Spider, Canfield, Forty Thieves, FreeCell, Draw Poker, Memory Match, Crazy Eights, and Beleaguered Castle. You get different styles of card fronts and backs to choose from, undo and redo function, optional Vegas scoring, and left- or right-handed stock placement. The app loads fast, supports custom tables and card backs if you want to upload some from your photo library, and the animations are smooth and tasteful. If you’d like to design your own decks, you can do that too! Just contact the author for tools.
- Many different card games
- Smooth animations
- Doesn't interfere with music player
- Can design your own decks
- Free card game for iPhone
Spades is a fun game for newbies and old-hands alike. This app has multiplayer and single-player modes so you can always play no matter if you have people to play with, and there’s even a Chat feature so you can talk to your partner and opponents while you play. The interface is simple and intuitive and you can customize your deck and table if you want, or play it as it’s set up as default. If you need to put down the game for a while, no worries, because the game automatically saves at each turn so you can come back whenever you want and pick up where you left off. The gameplay is fast and fun, and should keep most players satisfied.
- Multiplayer and single-player modes
- Chat with your partner and opponents
- Customize your deck and table
- Game is automatically saved at each turn
- Free with in-app purchase to remove ads
This is one of the best apps for the classic card game of Bridge. For those players just starting out, there’s a built-in assistant to help out when making incorrect decisions. It will also give you some hints and explanations. Play against the computer, with a partner and against others. You can play this app with or without an Internet connection. Other great features include Duplicate competitions, improved analytics, Daily Community Hands, bidding system adjustments, video presentations and more. The app is free to try, but then requires in=app purchases for various features.
- One of the best Bridge card playing apps
- Built-in assistant to help beginners
- Play with others or by yourself
- Daily Community Hands, In-depth analytics
- Free to try, In-app purchases
Hearts+ was created by people who love the game, and it shows. The graphics and feel are great and make you feel like you’re sitting at a real card table. You can play live online multiplayer or go up against smart AI opponents. There are tons of game options, you can pick and choose from a variety of achievements, and the game saves automatically so you don’t lose your spot if you have to quit. There’s a tutorial that explains the game for newbies or people who haven’t played in a while and need a refresher. Long-time players appreciate that the computer opponents are actually tough to beat and act to prevent mooning.
- Excellent interface
- Listen to music while you play
- Automatic game saving
- Play online with friends and other players
- Free with in-app purchases
Here’s another Solitaire app you’re going to want to download. ▻Card Games offers you Spider Solitaire, Classic Solitaire (aka Klondike), and FreeCell Solitaire, each of which you can set to play at your choice of difficulty. The game uses Platinum scoring, which is based on moves. The more moves you make, the fewer points you will earn, as opposed to other game apps that use Timer-based scoring. Use the tap-to-place interface or use the assisted drag-and-drop option. Turn on auto-hint so you never get stuck (as long as it’s solvable), and get playing!
- Easy, medium, and hard game levels
- Optional extra-large card symbols
- Platinum scoring based on moves
- Three solitaire games
- Free card game for iPhone
Crazy Eights! is a classic version of the game pretty much everyone has played at some point in their lives. This app was developed so you can pick it up and start playing right now. You’ll have to have a decent strategy and a good hand in order to win, but the more you play, the better you will get. The app offers instructions and explanations and you have the option to adjust rules and settings to be the same as you’ve played in the past. You can play against up to four opponents and it doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a pro, this one is suitable for everyone.
- Instructions and explanations included
- Adjustable settings and rules
- Play against up to four opponents
- Suitable for anyone
- Free card game for iPhone