Believe it or not, applications or “apps” are now losing the appeal they once had. Users now prefer to keep the number of apps in their smartphones and iPhones to a minimum – only what they find as necessities. Included in these “necessities” are social media apps like Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat and messaging apps like Messenger and Telegram.
So, developers now turn to a new platform – the messaging apps. Instead of game, food and travel applications (among many others), they develop game, food, travel and other chat bots. These chat bots can be used within the messenger platform, removing the need for any app installation.
Many users are gradually falling in love with these chat bots, as they make life easier and more fun. However, some chat bots remain difficult to converse with. Some users spend quite a large amount of time figuring out what the chat bot needs to “hear” in order to understand commands or responses.
Some chat bots are simple enough to use, although they are not very chatty. One such chat bot is BlackJackBot, a chat bot where you can play a well-known game of cards, Black Jack.
Let the Game Begin
BlackJackBot is available in the Telegram messaging app. Once you add BlackJackBot to Telegram and type in “/start,” BlackJackBot will ask you to choose a language.
At first, it’s hard to figure out how to begin playing the game. Eventually, you will type in “/help”, another option that the bot introduces upon first use. After, BlackJackBot will send you the command list, “/new”, to start the game, “/rule”, to learn about the game, “/settings”, to customize the language again “/top,” to find out who are the top scorers, “/about”, to know about the developers and translators and “/help”, a useless option, apparently, as it will only show the same message again – the list of commands.
Users would most likely click “/rule” first, and BlackJackBot will send you information about the game, the main rule of the game (have a higher point value than the dealer without exceeding 21), how to get a BlackJack, what is Bust, how to double a bet, or how to add another card in your hand (Hit Me). Another option is Stand, to end your turn if you are satisfied with your hand.
Once you click “/new”, the game begins. BlackJackBot will show your “Cost” – your score shown in dollars, the dealer’s cards, and your cards. You can decide whether to pick Hit Me, Double, or Stand. These three options are clickable in the bottom part of the screen, easy to access and use.
The game is easy to use and understand. Users even get a daily bonus of 100 points.
As the game is designed for a Russian platform, Telegram, the English grammar is imperfect, but understandable. Also, when playing BlackJack, players don’t usually see the dealer’s cards, but in this game, the bot immediately tells you the dealer’s cards. This makes the game less exciting and less challenging.
Apart from these, BlackJackBot can be a fun game and an ideal way to pass the time.