In February 2008, Solecismic Software branched out into the card game market with a new product based on the popular card game Up and Down the River.
Front Office Card Games: Up and Down the River is only available through electronic download. You can download the product through this link.
As a special thanks for all our loyal customers, Up and Down the River is now a free product.
Up and Down the River is the first card game from Solecismic Software, known for its award-winning sports simulations.
Up and Down the River is a popular trick-taking card game. It is also known as "Oh, Heck" or "Oh, Hell" in many areas.
Hand size varies, which is the meaning behind the game's name. A game often begins with a hand of only one card. The next hand is made of up two cards, and so on, until a limit is reached. Players then "go back down the river," starting with the maximum-sized hand and moving down.
With a minimum of one card per hand and a maximum of 10, a full game consists of 20 hands. You can change the game settings to suit your own game length.
Solecismic Software brings its own strengths to Up and Down the River. The game includes the following features:
Front Office Card Games: Up and Down the River is a Windows-based PC game designed for Windows NT, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10.
The game requires a color display with at least a 1024x768 resolution. A Pentium Processor with at least 256 MB of RAM is recommended. The game uses about 62 MB of hard disk space.
|The playing field where all the action takes place in Up and Down the River.|
|The scoreboard shows how all the players have fared on every hand.|
|Click on any line in the scoreboard for a detailed summary of each hand.|
|You compete against twelve different characters from Shakespeare's vast universe.|
|Play the game with your rules for bidding and scoring.|
|Track your performance, in more detail than you can imagine, against Shakespeare's characters.|
|Worried about how you're doing in four-player games in those pesky five-card hands? It's all here.|
|No Solecismic game would be complete without an expansive record book.|
|Need advice on an important trick? It's yours for the asking.|
Each hand begins with the dealer, chosen randomly, dealing an equal number of cards to each player. The dealer then turns over a card that sets the trump suit for that hand.
Each player, starting with the player to the left of the dealer, bids the number of tricks she thinks she can take, based on her hand and the trump suit. In most variations of the game, the total number of tricks bid can not add up to the same number as cards dealt to each player, so the dealer is sometimes limited in what she can bid.
The player to the left of the dealer leads the first trick. Any card may be lead. Play continues clockwise around the table. Players must follow suit if they can.
Aces are high, followed by Kings, Queens, Jacks, 10s, 9s, 8s, 7s, 6s, 5s, 4s, 3s, and finally 2s. Any trump card beats any non-trump card, otherwise the highest card in the suit led wins the trick.
The player who won the trick leads the next trick.
Scoring varies by rule set, but the most points are scored when a player takes exactly the number of tricks bid.
The winner is the player with the most points after going up and down the river.
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