Stuart King

A Bridge App

Hey all,

Just a quick post about an iPhone app I’ve come across.

I periodically search Apple’s App Store for bridge related apps and until recently the only apps I have found have been, well, not that great. They usually have a badly designed interface and are fairly buggy. Being able to acurately choose from 13 cards on such a small screen is a difficult problem to solve. The guys at GOTO Games seem to have solved this problem really well in their FunBridge app. You choose the suit you want to play firstly and the app then displays the cards in your hand of that suit. This really helps aviod the problem of choosing the wrong card because it’s too small to acurately tap it.

As you can probably tell I really like the interface and think the developers have done a really good job with that. The app currently only allows you to play with a computer partner and opponents, and to save space it actually does the processing on one of their servers which means you need an internet connection to play. As you can imagine the computer isn’t that good, it makes some, shall we say, interesting decisions particularly in the bidding and defence, but then, other than Chthonic, I’ve not heard of a good computer bridge player.

In spite of it’s flaws, I’ve found myself playing this quite alot, when I’ve had a couple of minutes to burn I just play a couple of hands on my phone, and if the developers keep working out the bugs this could become great!


Dave memphis mojo SmithFebruary 4th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Is there a fee or is it a freebie?

Dave Memphis MOJOFebruary 5th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

I checked and it’s free, so I downloaded it. Thanks for the heads-up.

Arnaud @ FunbridgeFebruary 7th, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Hi Stuart,

We appreciate your feedback. We have read in the iTunes comments that US players have sometimes trouble with the server connection.

We are aware about some bidding weakness or app bugs and we are doing our best to solve these problems.

Know that you can contact our support team to report a bad response from our engine (with some explanations and the deal number), we will check it out.

@Dave memphis mojo Smith > The app is free 🙂

Stuart KingFebruary 8th, 2011 at 2:59 pm

@Arnaud @ Funbridge – I can imagine programming a computer to bid like a human is quite challenging!

So far I haven’t experienced any connection problems. Also I should probably add that I like the way the processing is done on your own servers, that way you don’t have to send out an update everytime you want to edit the AI!

LindaFebruary 11th, 2011 at 3:55 am

Sounds good. I am going to download this right now. Thanks for the info.

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