Hoyles Book of Games

By Bridget McKenna

For those who like to stick a little closer to home, Sierra offers another kind of computer game…



Back in the mid-eighteenth centure, a fellow named Edmond Hoyle compiled the basic rules of play for card games in one book. Times have changed, the games have changed, but "according to Hoyle" still means "by the book". Sierra's new card game program for the whole family, Hoyle's Book of Games, Volume One, combines "by the book" rules of play with that special Sierra brand of humor and fun for the friendliest game of cards around.

Hoyle's designer and programmer Warren Schwader has an association with Sierra On-Line that goes back a good many years:

"I was living in Wisconsin in 1980, when Ken (Williams) called me up and asked me if I'd like to move to California… As far as I remember, I was the first programmer they hired." -Warren Schwader


Warren and his team of artists have created hours of enjoyment for your entire family as you learn and practice six popular card games, from Gin Rummy, Crazy Eights, and Old Maid to Hearts, Cribbage, and Klondike Solitaire.


"I'm a card player, so I really looked forward to working on this project. I picked the games I liked the best… well, I had never played Gin Rummy before, but I can play it now. I had to develop a system for card games within the Sierra system, that would include not only rules, but the strategies the computer will use against the player." -Warren Schwader


You play the game against your choice of characters: King Graham, Rosella, Roger Wilco, Larry Laffer, Colonel Dijon (from The Colonel's Bequest), and Sonny Bonds just to name a few… eighteen characters in all. There's a lot of different dialog and different personalities… but the characters don't get in the way of playing the game.


You'll enjoy using your choice of highly detailed and realistic card decks as you test your card-playing skills against opposing players, or challenge yourself with a game of Klondike Solitaire.

"It's a point-and-click interface, or you can play it with arrow keys… a small child can get the hang of it pretty easily. My three-year-old, Christina, plays Old Maid. She's also one of the characters you can play against. You can also play against me, though in actuality, your playing against me all the time." -Warren Schwader

Game Title: Hoyle's Book of Games Volume One
Designer/Programmer: Warren Schwader
Graphics: Jerry Moore

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