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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 Title Screen
Hoyle: Official Book of Games - Volume 1 DOS Klondike
Hoyle: Official Book of Games - Volume 1 DOS Cribbage
Hoyle: Official Book of Games - Volume 1 Macintosh Title screen

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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. DOS Tomer Gabel (4646)

Critic Reviews

The DOS Spirit DOS Dec 06, 2010 5 out of 6 83
Génération 4 Amiga Apr, 1990 74 out of 100 74
ST Format Atari ST Nov, 1990 73 out of 100 73
Atari ST User Atari ST Oct, 1990 69 out of 100 69
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Dec, 1989 67 out of 100 67
Power Play DOS Nov, 1989 63 out of 100 63
Power Play Amiga May, 1990 62 out of 100 62
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Nov, 1989 5.6 out of 12 47
Amiga Joker Amiga Mar, 1990 43 out of 100 43
ST Format Atari ST Dec, 1993 27 out of 100 27


Topic # Posts Last Post
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.
Contributed to by Kabushi (223540), Terok Nor (27280) and Mats Rade (30)