Whether you love it or hate it Blackjack is wildly popular across the world as an easy game to learn but very hard to master. For those that enjoy a casual game without have to put stacks of cash on the line, iCandy Games, in joint collaboration with Hologram Software have launched Blackjack Bailey VR for Samsung’s Gear VR headset.
If you’ve never played Blackjack the rules are simple, the player and dealer need to get their cards as close to 21 as possible without going over, whoever’s closest wins. There’s a female dealer called Bailey (hence the title), and as it’s simulated gambling with no real money transactions within the game there are also no in-app purchases to buy.
“This was a joint collaboration between myself (iCandy Games) and Hologram Software. I handled the art and design while they worked on the code. My goal from the beginning was to create an immersive, comfortable and familiar game experience for VR. I thought a casino game would be a good design choice because you play seated and blackjack is considered one of the most popular card games worldwide, so there is familiarity along with that,” said Mike Amerson, President and Creative director at iCandy Games.
“I live in Las Vegas and my wife used to be a 21 dealer at the MGM grand. She played a big part in this as well. She inspired the look of the character Bailey and did the voice overs. She also helped me with animation reference as well as rules of the game. The resulting effort was the culmination of nearly a years work for a small dedicated team of developers and I’m happy to be launching it now for the Gear VR platform.”
Blackjack Bailey VR can be downloaded from the Oculus Store for $4.99 USD / £3.99 GBP. For the latest releases on Gear VR, keep reading VRFocus.