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Play six different card games (Crazy Eights, Old Maid, Hearts, Gin Rummy, Cribbage, and Klondike Solitaire) against 0-3 computer opponents (as appropriate for each game).

There are 18 available computer opponents, including characters from other Sierra games (Colonel Henry Dijon, Shelly LeBlanc, Officer Sonny Bonds, Larry Laffer, King Graham, Roger Wilco and Princess Rosella), Sierra employees (Warren Schwader and Jerry Moore) and their children, and others. The different opponents play the different games at different skill levels, and are broken up into "Serious" and "Not-So-Serious" categories. All the opponents will taunt you (in character) as you play (though you can turn off in-game conversation if it's too distracting).


Hoyle: Official Book of Games - Volume 1 DOS Choose Your Game and Deck
Hoyle: Official Book of Games - Volume 1 DOS Old Maid - Choose a card from Sonny Bonds.
Hoyle: Official Book of Games - Volume 1 DOS Choose Your Opponents
Hoyle: Official Book of Games - Volume 1 DOS Old Maid - Removing pairs.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Hoyle's Book of Games: Volume One" -- US Back Cover title
  • "Hoyle's Book of Games" -- US media title
  • "Hoyle: Book of Games - Volume I" -- Alternate US media title

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User Reviews

A neat collection of board games. Tomer Gabel (4646) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

The DOS Spirit Dec 06, 2010 5 out of 6 83
The Games Machine (UK) Dec, 1989 67 out of 100 67
Power Play Nov, 1989 63 out of 100 63
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Nov, 1989 5.6 out of 12 47
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jan, 1990 Unscored Unscored


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version numbers / differences 3 Chilly Willy (3)
Jul 07, 2016



If a running game is left alone for a while, the computer players will start talking amongst themselves. Some of the conversations are quite amusing. If Roger Wilco and King Graham are two of the players, one of the things that they will talk about is Roger's crash landing in the King's Quest Castle moat in Space Quest: The Sarien Encounter.
Mats Rade (30) added Hoyle: Official Book of Games - Volume 1 (DOS) on Jan 19, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (209748) and Terok Nor (26757)