The Card Game of Hearts

The goal of the game is to receive the fewest points as possible. Hearts are worth one point each, and the Queen of Spades is worth 13 points. The highest card in each suit is the Ace, while the lowest is the deuce.

Typically, the first person to reach 100 points ends the game, and the person with the lowest amount of points is considered the winner. Since no one can see the cards the other players are holding, it’s mostly a game about deception and trickery.

Computer Games, Online Games, and Apps

Like most other card games, Hearts has made its way to the computer and mobile platforms so that people can play against the AI (artificial intelligence) or other players online. If you use the Windows operating system, the game should already be on your machine. If not, then there are multiple games that can be found online. There are also phone apps that you can play Hearts on as well.

A hand dealt to the player in the card game of Hearts.
A hand dealt to the player in the card game of Hearts.

Playing Hearts on the Computer Versus in Person

Computer
No direct or little human interaction, unless played online.

In Person
Able to socialize with other people.

Computer
Computer warns of improper play.

In Person
Possibility or making mistakes or improper plays.

Computer
Won’t be able to cheat.

In Person
More of a chance for cheating.

Computer
No real handling of cards.

In person
Can handle and feel cards in your hand.

Computer
Games are quick and orderly.

In person
Games can take much longer

The player with a Two of Clubs in the card game of Hearts.  This player always goes first.
The player with a Two of Clubs in the card game of Hearts. This player always goes first.

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