“The artificial intelligence of the opponents is one of the best features of the app. So good, in fact, that some customers accuse the AI of cheating.”
March 28, 2017
Tesseract Mobile was the first to develop a Gin Rummy game for Android in March of 2011. Today, as they celebrate 6 years of bringing this timeless favorite to Android customers across the world, the developers anticipate a new milestone of 4.5 million downloads in the Google Play Store.
“It says a lot that millions of people are enjoying a game created by a 2 person company in Missouri” says Laura Ockel, co-founder and game designer for Tesseract Mobile. “Back in 2011, it was just myself and my partner, Josh, working out of our basement. Because ours was the first Gin Rummy app the market, it was challenging to design. Josh and I were both experienced players, so our app reflects those real life experiences. It has the features a Gin Rummy player would expect.”
The game includes 5 AI opponents, each with unique skills and strategies. “The artificial intelligence of the opponents is one of the best features of the app. So good, in fact, that some customers accuse the AI of cheating.” says Joshua Frank, co-founder and programmer for Tesseract Mobile. “My dad is an excellent Gin Rummy player. Laura’s father was too. They taught us the strategies of the game, and we made sure our top AI players made use of those strategies. After years of watching my dad play Gin Rummy tournaments, I was a bit nervous to hand him our app for his feedback. He was impressed. It was a proud day for us.”
Tesseract Mobile’s Gin Rummy game also features an advanced hand evaluator with automatic hand sorting and melding. This makes it easy for the novice…