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May 13, 2015

10 card games we love on Lumia

Are you a card shark or merely a minnow? Stack the deck in your favor with this assortment of card games for Windows Phone.

Even though card games are low-tech, they’re one of the most popular game genres on mobile phone. There’s something comforting about the ease of a card game’s pick-up-and-play mechanics and the quickness of its matches.

From the simple pleasure of “Solitaire” to the complexity of a trading-card battle game such as “Order & Chaos Duels,” we’ve shuffled the deck to deal our favorite card games on Lumia. Is this your card (game)?


UNO & Friends (free)

The aim of  “UNO” is to be the first to discard all the cards in your hand. In this version from Gameloft, the beloved card game can be played against the computer or online friends. Compete in weekly contests against players from around the world or match wits solo. Use Boosts and Super Boosts to customize your strategy.

AE Baccarat (free)

The preferred game of James Bond can be enjoyed on your Windows Phone and you don’t have to blow your life savings at the Casino Royale to play. “Baccarat” is ridiculously easy to learn; whoever’s hand is closest to nine wins.

AE Blackjack (free)

Draw cards until your hand reaches 21 or close to it without going over to win this popular casino game. This free version boasts realistic visuals and vivid sound effects that make you feel like you’re sitting at a table in Las Vegas.

Texas Holdem Poker (free)

Play “Texas Hold’em Poker” with real people around the world in this free game for Windows Phone. Whether you’re a new or experienced poker player, you’ll find a challenge here. Participate in live chats with other players and compete in ongoing tournaments. Skill and a bit of luck is all you need to win.

Microsoft Solitaire Collection (free)

“Windows Solitaire” celebrates its 25th anniversary this month. What better way to honor this single-player card game than by playing Microsoft Solitaire Collection, a selection of five different card games that includes the original classic with updated graphics?

For more Solitaire games on Windows Phone, check out our recent roundup.

Order & Chaos Duels (free)

Discover the fantasy universe of the Order& Chaos massively multiplayer game in this trading-card game offshoot. Battle evil forces against the computer or compete against real players online. There are nearly 300 gorgeous cards to collect; optimize your deck for battle in solo or online player-versus-player modes.

Gin Rummy Pro (free)

Gin Rummy is a classic two-player card game where you and an opponent compete to form winning card combinations. You play this free version against a computer, but it’s an excellent way to practice strategy before playing against a real person.

Hearts Deluxe (free)

Lose to win in this classic card game. At the end of a game, the winner is the one with the lowest score. This deluxe version features upgraded controls and graphics, difficulty settings, and two additional game modes.

3 2 5 Bridge (free)

Also known as “Teen Do Paanch” in India, 3-2-5 is a popular card game with rules similar to Bridge. Even if you don’t know how to play, this free version will teach you the tricks (pun intended).

Speed (free)

Two players compete to play all their cards as quickly as possible in this fast-paced game. It’s often played so quickly that real cards could get ruined, making it a great game to played virtually on your Lumia. Play solo against the computer or live online against real opponents.
What are your favorite card games to play on Lumia? Let us know in the comments section.