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Encyclopedia > Hearts (Windows)
Hearts

Hearts in Windows Vista
Developer: Oberon Games and Microsoft
Latest release: 6.0.6000.16386 / November 8, 2006
OS: Microsoft Windows
Use: Card game
License: Freeware
Website: Hearts

Hearts is a card game that is included in Microsoft Windows. It is a version of hearts. Image File history File links HeartsVista. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (814x571, 448 KB) Summary Screenshot of Microsoft Hearts for Windows Vista. ... Windows Vista is the name of the latest release of Microsoft Windows, a line of graphical operating systems used on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ... Software development is the translation of a user need or marketing goal into a software product. ... Microsoft is one of few companies engaging itself in the console wars Where they are up against sony, nintendo, and of course sharps new console which may cause a threat. ... A software release refers to the creation and availability of a new version of a computer software product. ... November 8 is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 53 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... An operating system (OS) is a computer program that manages the hardware and software resources of a computer. ... Microsoft Windows is the name of several families of proprietary software operating systems by Microsoft. ... // For the game on The Price Is Right, please see Card Game (pricing game). ... A software license is a legal agreement which may take the form of a proprietary or gratuitous license as well as a memorandum of contract between a producer and a user of computer software. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, typically common to a particular domain name or subdomain on the World Wide Web on the Internet. ... // For the game on The Price Is Right, please see Card Game (pricing game). ... Microsoft Windows is the name of several families of proprietary software operating systems by Microsoft. ... Hearts could be: Hearts, a four-player card game. ...

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History

Two versions of Hearts exist. The 16-bit version is included in MS-DOS-based versions of Windows, while versions of Windows NT include the 32-bit version. The 16-bit version of Hearts supports multiplayer play over a LAN using NetDDE. Microsofts disk operating system, MS-DOS, was Microsofts implementation of DOS, which was the first popular operating system for the IBM PC, and until recently, was widely used on the PC compatible platform. ... Windows NT is a family of operating systems produced by Microsoft, the first version of which was released in July 1993. ... Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) is an old technology for communication between multiple applications under Microsoft Windows and also OS/2. ...


Hearts previously offered a quote from Shakespeare's famous play, Julius Caesar (act III, scene ii): "I come not, friends, to steal away your hearts..."; this feature has been removed as of Windows Vista. Shakespeare redirects here. ... For other uses, see Julius Caesar (disambiguation). ... Windows Vista is the name of the latest release of Microsoft Windows, a line of graphical operating systems used on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ...


Gameplay

Gameplay follows the standard rules of hearts. When the game is first loaded, the user is prompted for their name, and then the game begins. The game ends when at least one player has 100+ points at the end of a hand.


Before the hand

The user is given thirteen random playing cards, and selects any three of them to pass. For the first hand, cards are passed to the left; for the second, to the right; for the third, across; and for the fourth, the passing stage is skipped entirely, and the players keep (or "eat") their cards. On the fifth hand, the cycle starts again, passing to the left. In any case, after passing three cards, the players receive three cards, and then the player with the two of clubs leads. Some typical modern playing cards. ...


Tricks

As Hearts is a trick-taking game, the game progresses by tricks. Any card may be led, and any card in the same suit may be chosen follow what is lead. If a player does not have any cards in the suit that was led, that player can play whatever card he or she chooses. The only limitations are that hearts cannot be led until they have been "broken" (that is, played in a previous trick that same hand), and that neither hearts nor the queen of spades may be played on the first trick. Trick-taking games are card games with a distinct and common play structure: Each round of play is divided into units called tricks, during which each player selects one card from his or her hand. ...


After the hand

After each hand, a scoreboard shows the current and previous scores of all four players, with the current leader's (or leaders') score written in blue. Each of the players has in front of them all of the point cards accumulated during the preceding trick, for easy identification of who got how many points (and a quick check to see if a player shot the moon). When the game ends, the score of the winning player(s) is shown in red. A new game then begins.


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