Blackjack, APF, 1978
Blackjack. Again. I'm really sorry, all of you must be really tired of hearing me bitch about the fact that this game shows up on nearly all the systems. So, let's just get it over with, shall we?
Okay, the only thing you must know is that you can choose the number of decks up to four that the dealer draws from, which is cool. The graphics are ugly. The suits are green and black.
EDIT: Let this serve as an example of my intermittent green/red color blindness, though I've never noticed it before. The suits are RED and BLACK, just like normal card suits. I went back to get some screenshots and realized I must've been misremembering my colors. (Not the first time I've done so.)
I don't know what the "options" are for each hand because we were only able to get it to "hit" us. Sort of a sure way to lose.
APF, Atari and Fairchild Blackjacks.
EDIT: A comment (below) brought up that these graphics are actually better than any other Blackjack I've shown to date. From the above shots, you can see, that Supercat is absolutely right. There's no good reason for me to have called them ugly. For the record: I was hasty in my pronouncement of calling these graphics "Ugly". These are the nicest Blackjack graphics on any system so far, and it's the only system to bother to include symbols for the suit. I obviously didn't give this particular cart the attention I should have due to not being able to figure out how to control the game. I guess this was an "off day" End EDIT
Did I mention that this Blackjack also takes place on a green background, undoubtedly meant to represent the green tables on which these games take place in the casinos? Well, it does. In fact, every game on this system has a distinct "green"-ness to it. Could be my console. Could be my TV. Could be my frackin' eyes. Don't know for sure, but my memories of the MP1000 are green. (except for Bowling, but even the text background in that has green to it, doesn't it?) Probably something to do with . . . nah, I got nothin'.
The only distinction to the graphics from other versions is that there is a separating line between the playing areas of the dealer and each player. The pattern is similar to the one you might see on a Blackjack table, but I haven't seen enough of them in real life to be an authority. EDIT I'm wrong again here. This version of Blackjack includes suit symbols. Nice suit symbols. This is an important distinction that I failed to make. End EDIT
One plus to Blackjack was the sound effect for the shuffling of cards: it sounded like a long controlled quiet electronic fart. My kids and I chuckled heartily, as I'm sure you would've guessed. It also triggered a Pavlovian response in my children as they suddenly decided "share" their own little shuffle sounds! Um, sorry, I guess that has very little to do with this game, I'm just finding it hard to come up with a different angle on Blackjack so I've resorted to flatulence humor. I'm so ashamed.
Yet another Baseball entry is next.