Localoco is an independent developer specializes in developing social games on multiple platforms. We got a notice from them that a card game, called Big 2 Bonanza was just released. Players can find it in the App Center.
Big 2 Bonanza is based on the Big Two, one of many gameplays with pokers. The game begins with 4 players in one deck. Each player gets 13 cards. The objective of the game is to be the first to get rid of all of players’ cards. I suggest players who are unfamiliar with the rule of big 2 read the introduction from Wikipedia at first. Following the newbie guide, players will know how it works quickly. During the game, the possible hands players can use are highlighted so that they can match the cards well. Everything is easy.
The players can choose modes to move on when enter the game. “Practice” let players against computers. “Big 2 TABLES” is a way that players can determine the level, in which the value of cards and speed to play are different. Players can access the game by “PLAY NOW” to seat them at an available table quickly. We try several days and find that starting a match is no difficult as the online players seem enough.
Big 2 Bonanza monetize by the Chips and Locos. Chips are the soft currency which can be earn in match or invite friends. After a player gets rid of all cards, the other two who have more cards left will lose about 10 times of the cards. Locos can be used to unlock the power-up to give them advantage in game, also can buy the Chips. Social feature of this game is that players can view the rank in global leaderboard or friends’ leaderboard. The regular features such as inviting and sending gift are also included.
One issue of Big 2 Bonanza is that it couldn’t set the fixed tables. All of the players are matched randomly. I think the main reason is lack of popularity. I’m sure that this can be released easily as the population increases. Another flaw is access to this game seems hard to new players, especially when they have the diamond 3 at the beginning. The short waiting time could be frustrating.
Beside the issues, Big 2 Bonanza is a nice game to kill time. The gameplay of Big 2 may be strange and hard to access for the new players. But the game is a good choice when players can play Big 2 well. It’s simple but effective, balanced for every player. All the developer need to do is increase the population in game, also, the mobile version. That’s the most worth thing that we are looking forwards to.