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Zarzilla games formed in 2018 with a single goal in mind – To make TODAY as fun as possible. Our team of stars are fuelled by a single purpose to connect players from all over the world through our fun, social, and ground-breaking mobile games! All day long we bathe in the sunny rays of Malta and transfer our happiness into the pleasure of thousands of mobile gamers across this great globe.

We continue to strive towards revolutionising how you play social card games. As pioneers of the social casino card game industry, we implement social elements into everything we touch - ensuring our community can connect on levels like no other.

Nobody can possibly imagine what we’ll come up with next because we don’t think we’ll ever stop innovating!?

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Gin Rummy History: The Bakers to Gin Rummy Super

The beloved card game, gin rummy, is 112 years old this year. It was invented in the United States by Elwood Thomas Baker and Charles Graham Baker, a father-and-son duo from Indiana. After inventing gin rummy, Charles Baker went on to become a screenwriter and director during the Golden Age of Hollywood, with well over 30 movie credits in his name. All in a lifetime’s work for some!

According to the magician and writer, John Scarne, gin rummy evolved from 19th-century whiskey poker, and was created with the intention of being faster than standard rummy, yet let spontaneous than knock rummy.

Back to the Roots

To really understand where gin rummy came from, however, you have to look to the Orient. The rummy principle of drawing and discarding in order to meld later is common in Chinese card games from the 18th and 19th century. In fact, this principle is the essence of mah-jong, the Chinese card game that’s popular all over the world.

It was a relative of mah-jong, called kun p’ai, that inspired a certain W.H. Wilkinson to persuade Messrs Goodall of the UK to publish a Western adaptation of it called Khanhoo. A similar game, called Kon Khin, or Conquian to give it the name Hispanics used to refer to it, emerged in the southwestern United States just prior to the turn of the 20th century after being brought over by Chinese immigrants. Due to their similarities, Conquian is thought to be the definitive forerunner of gin rummy.

Into the Roaring Twenties 

During the 1920s, the nightlife in New York was in full flow. Every lounge, saloon, hotel parlor and speakeasy had a game of gin rummy on the go. It can be said that the 1920s marked the first heyday for gin rummy. After the Wall Street Crash of 1929, gin rummy went quiet for the better part of a decade until its re-emergence in the 1940s.

What’s even more interesting is that gin rummy was actually called gin poker during the Great Depression. Confusingly, this actually had nothing whatsoever to do with the card game of poker, but is believed to have its roots in the socioeconomic conditions that existed during that time.

The effects of the Great Depression meant that people in general had less money to spend on going out and enjoying themselves, and that’s why they had to rediscover the art of amusing themselves at home once again. Gin rummy is much simpler to learn that contract bridge, which was a card game at that was popular at the time, and more suited to a family environment than poker.

Gin Rummy Takes Hollywood

Gin rummy became very fashionable at the turn of the 1940s, with the who’s-who of Hollywood and Broadway being known to enjoy a game or two. Screen siren Ingrid Bergman, for example, was known to play gin rummy on the set of the classic movie, Casablanca.

Two features in particular made the game popular with actors. The first was that gin rummy is very fast to play, but could be paused at a moment’s notice, only for it to continue being played once the participants were free to do so again. The second was the introduction of an ingenious scoring device, whereby players could (in effect) play three games at the same time.

Gin rummy’s association with Hollywood and Broadway made the game explode in popularity, especially in the United States, where it seemed like everyone was playing it. The game’s popularity has endured to this day, however there was another great transformation it went through…

The Emergence of Card Games in the Personal Computer Age

The early 1980s heralded the start of the personal computer age, and it wasn’t long before card games were digitized and made accessible to all virtually. Although personal computers are more associated with solitary card games such as Solitaire, other card games such as gin rummy weren’t long to emerge in a digitized format.

Into the 2000s: The App Age

Although Nokia is credited with creating the first-ever app back in 1997 when it installed the game Snake on one of its mobile phone models, apps as we know them today emerged in 2007, when Apple launched its now ubiquitous App Store. As such, there wasn’t really a “first” app in the modern era, because the App Store was launched with 500 apps at once. Mobile card games have been emerging ever since that time.

2021: Gin Rummy Super is Here!

We’re now well into the third decade of the 21st century, and here at Zarzilla Games, we’ve produced our own amazing take on the beloved gin rummy card game – Gin Rummy Super! Not only is it ridiculously colorful and fun, but it also allows two players to compete and match exclusive suits and sets of three to develop the best hands. Compete against your friend, or rank yourself against the rest of the world!

Along your Gin Rummy Super journey, you’ll earn rewards, complete challenging levels and climb the global leaderboard! Why don’t you try Gin Rummy Super today? It’s absolutely free and will provide you with endless hours of fun. Good luck!

The 5 Best Card Games for Two

There are many awesome card games out there, but when there’s just two of you playing, some are simply better than others! Let’s take a look at the 5 best card games for two:

 

1. Tute Card Game 

Tute is a card game that tends to be played in Spanish-speaking communities. Although the name of the game is actually Italian, it originated in Spain. Either two or four players can play.

 

Cards

You’ll need a 40-card Spanish deck to play this game. The cards are valued as follows:

 

Ace – 11 points

Three – 10 points

King – 4 points

Horse – 3 points

Jack – 2 points

Cards from 7 to 2 – 0 points

Combine King and Horse from same suit – 20 points

Have all kings OR all horses – You win the round

 

Dealing

Each player receives eight cards, whereas the remaining cards are placed face-down on the playing table. The players then take cards from the deck in turn.

 

Gameplay

A pre-defined number of rounds is set prior to the game starting. The winner is the one who wins the most rounds. Each round is set to finish after a specific number of points, which is usually set at 50, 60 or 100.

The aim of the game is to win more points, consecutive rounds and ultimately to win the game overall.

When two players are playing, the players draw a card from the deck after each trick. When there are cards left in the deck, you can take any card you like. When there aren’t, players are obliged to follow the suit.

 

2. Spades Card Game 

Spades is one of the most admired card games of all time. Although it’s usually played by two partnerships, it’s fine for two players to play as well. This card game is a descendant of the Whist family of card games (we’ll look at Whist later).

 

Cards

Spades is played with a standard 52-card deck, with the cards valued from highest to lowest:

Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.

 

Dealing

The deck is shuffled – there isn’t actually any deal in two-player spades. The first player draws the top card from the deck and decides whether they want to keep it. If they do, they put the second card they draw face-down in a discard pile. After that, they draw and keep the second card they pick up.

The second player then does exactly the same thing with the next two cards in the draw pile. This process continues alternating between the two players until the cards from the entire deck have been collected. Each player should end up with 13 cards in their hand, with the remaining 26 cards set aside.

 

Gameplay

The second layer goes first. They may not start with a spade card unless their hand happens to include only spade cards. Unless they have no other option, they can’t lead with a spade until the suit is “broken”. A spade is broken when a player cannot follow suit and chooses to play a spade. Spades are also broken if a player has no other option and leads with spades.

The two players then alternate turns, and each player must follow suit (play the same suit that was led) if possible. The player who plays the highest rank of the suit wins the trick – that is, unless a spade is played. In that case, the person who plays the highest rank of spades wins the trick.

The winning player should set the trick in front of them, so it’s easy to tell how many tricks each player has won. Each trick won by a player is valued at 10 points if they meet their bid. Tricks won above the bid are worth 1 point each. If a player does not meet their bid, they lose 10 points for each trick. The first player to 500 points is the winner. If both players reach 500 in the same hand, the player with the higher score wins.

 

 

3. Blackjack Card Game

It’s crucial to start with a distinction here – Black Jack, which is played in the UK, is similar to Crazy Eights, but different to Blackjack, which is also known as 21, and will be discussed here. Blackjack is the world’s most popular card game, bar poker, with a simple aim of getting as close to the number 21 without going over it.

 

Cards

A standard 52-card deck is used in blackjack, but if you head to a casino, it’s quite common for six decks to be shuffled together for a total of 312 cards.

All numbered cards have their nominal value in the game, whereas face cards (Jack, Queen, King) are valued at 10. The value of an Ace is determined by a player, and can be either 1 or 11.

 

Dealing

The cards are shuffled by a player, then the pile is cut. One card is given face-up to each player, and one is put down face-up in a separate pile. Another round of cards is then dealt amongst the players, with a second card being placed face-down. This process continues, as explained below.

 

Gameplay

The first player begins and chooses whether to stand (not obtain another card) or hit (obtain another card to get closer to a count of 21, or hit 21 exactly). This means that players can keep their originally-dealt cards, or ask for extra cards one at a time until they decide to stand, or go bust (obtain a total over 21). In the event of a bust, the player loses.

A soft hand is the combination of an Ace with another card other than a ten-card, and that’s because an Ace can be counted as a one or 11. A player can choose to draw cards or not in this instance, depending on whether doing so would be a better strategy or not.

 

4. Whist Card Game 

Just to make things clear, we’re discussing the two-player version of Scandinavian Whist, which is also known as Norwegian Whist, here. This version differs quite a lot from German Whist, which is also a two-player card game. What makes Scandinavian Whist unique is that each player plays two cards to each trick.

 

Cards

Whist is played with a standard 52-card deck, with the cards ranked from high to low as they normally would be, namely Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.

 

Dealing

The dealing player shuffles, whereas the non-dealing player cuts. Some 26 cards are dealt to each player one a time, starting with the dealer’s opponent and alternating. Eight cards are dealt to each player and placed face-down on the playing table in a 4x2 rectangle format. Next, a further eight cards are dealt to each player and placed face-up on top of the face-down cards. A further hand of 10 cards then follows. In other words, each player has 10 cards that only they can see (in hand), eight cards that they can’t see, and a further eight cards that they can see (in reality, both players can see them, as they are facing up).

 

Gameplay

Before getting into the mechanics of how to play whist, we need to talk about bidding. The non-dealing player bids “high” or “low”. If high, then you’ll be playing a high game of whist. This means that the dealing player has no say.  However, if the non-dealing player bids low, the dealer then gets to bid “high” or “low”. If both say low, it’s a low game.

The difference between a high and low game of whist is that winning tricks is the goal of a high game, whereas avoiding winning tricks is the goal of a low game. When the game is low, the non-dealing player leads to the first trick.

When the game is high, the first lead is by the player who did not bid high. In other words, the only time when the dealing player leads first is when the non-dealing player bids high. Each trick consists of four cards – two from each player.

A player plays a card from their hand, or one of the cards in their face-up layout. If a face-down card is uncovered when a card from the layout is played, it is immediately turned face-up, before any other cards are played by either player. Any card can be led, with the ensuing three cards ideally following the suit.

In other words, if the losing player has any cards of the same suit as the led card, either in the face-up or face-down position, they are obliged to play the card. The winning player is then obliged to play a second card, also following suit to the led card if possible. The other player then plays a second card, also following suit to the original lead card if possible.

The four-card trick is won by the highest card of the suit led, and the player who wins the tricks leads to the next.

 

5. Gin Rummy Card Game

Part of the big family of Rummy card games, Gin Rummy can trace its origins back to 1909, when it was invented by a father-and-son duo living in New York City. It became a hugely popular throughout the Roaring Twenties, before declining in the 1930s and having a resurgence in 1940s Hollywood.

 

Cards

Gin Rummy is played with a French deck of 52 cards. The cards are ranked as follows: King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, Ace.

In terms of their points value in the game, an Ace is worth 1 point, the numbered cards have their nominal values, and face cards are worth 10 points each.

Also keep in mind that an Ace can only be melded with a 2 card.

 

Dealing

Players receive 10 cards each, with the rest forming the stock that is used for players to take cards and discard them. One card of the deck is turned face-up and placed close to the stock. When a player takes a card from the pile, they can get rid of one of the cards they hold.

 

Gameplay

The main objective of the game is to combine card sets from the suit, or the same rank. Players attempt to meld as many cards as possible.

 

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Which Gamer Are You? | The Four Mobile Gamer Types
“Most gamers fall into one of these categories but maybe you are a new hybrid!”

No two gamer is built the same. However, we certainly have a type. Gamers can generally be categorised into four distinct categories that identify how they play mobile games. Knowing and understanding these four categories can certainly go a long way to knowing who is going to play a particular mobile game and why.  

For all you indie developers and gamers out there – which gamer are you?

Casual Gamer

Most of us will fall into this category. Gamers that don’t live and breathe games and are not really fussed about genre. These gamers like whatever entertains them and will even stick to a single title for a long time or regularly play and uninstall games on a whim. The genre of play could vary greatly – they might be super into a hyper casual platformer today and into an MMO-RPG tomorrow.

However, casual gamers are the biggest downloaders and spenders in the mobile gaming industry – they are the reason mobile gaming is size it is today. On the train, between meetings, or a few minutes before bed, casual gamer could be playing anywhere and at any time. 

Social Gamer

No single-player titles for these guys and gals. Social gamers love to play with others and will only play multiplayer titles, such as classic card games like Gin Rummy Super. Social gamers tend to try and invite their friends to play too – they are social butterflies after all!

This market is utterly huge too, estimated to reach $98 billion USD by 2024, and many casual gamers are social gamers too.

Midcore Gamer

Midcore gamers are an interesting bunch. They don’t play as regularly as casual gamers, nor are they super dedicated to gaming, like hardcore gamers, but they take gaming seriously. Generally, the midcore gamer is a 25+ year-old whose time has succumbed to adult life. They don’t have the time to play like they used to. So they don’t play often but when they do, they really invest. Midcore gamers tend to know what they like too and will stick to their favourite titles or genres.

Hardcore Gamer

The hardcore gamer loves mobile gaming. This is the gamer who seeks AAA titles, has played all Rockstar’s GTA mobile ports and even bought a gaming controller for their mobile device. This is the gamer who updates their phone on a regular basis for better memory and increased screen sizes.

You’ll find these gamers are going to be avid PC or console gamers too. Always up to date with the latest trends and completely unafraid to provide an honest opinion on a particular title.

Which Gamer Are You?

Do you play Gin Rummy, Shooters, or RPGs? How often do you pay? Perhaps you are a little bit of all these categories and are some sort of new hybrid player! Whatever kind of gamer you are, Zarzilla has something to offer every gamer. Check out our amazing offerings on Google Play and the App Store today!

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