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Club House Games

Clubhouse Games is a game made by Nintendo that features over 30 games that you can either play by yourself, with friends, or over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. This is also the first title that allows you to go over only four people over Wi-Fi, allowing play with eight. It is known in Europe as 42 All-Time Classics.

Clubhouse Games is a remake of Daredemo Asobi Taizen, a game released exclusively in Japan that wasn't Wi-Fi enabled. A sequel, titled Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics, was released for the Nintendo Switch on June 5, 2020.

Customization

Every game has customization options such as changing the rules and the color of the background. You can also change the number of computers to play against as well for the multiplayer games. For online play, you will be able to have an icon which you will be able to pick.

Games

Basic Card Games

  • Old Maid - Take turns taking cards from other players. Just don't get stuck with the joker or the queen depending on the rules.
  • Spit - Stack your cards sequentially on the shared cards. The player who goes out first wins.
  • I Doubt It - Lie with skill to get rid of your cards first.
  • Sevens - Place cards down in order around the sevens in the center to get rid of your cards first.
  • Memory - Turn the face down cards over and try to make pairs.
  • Pig - Swap cards to create four of a kind. Once someone has four of a kind, all players race to grab a coin.

Intermediate Card Games

  • Blackjack - Bet your chips and compete against the dealer for the strongest hand.
  • Hearts - Force your opponents to take hearts or the queen of spades, or go for shooting the moon.
  • President - Get rid of your cards first by playing cards of greater value than your opponents.
  • Rummy - Make sets with your hand in order to go out first.
  • Seven Bridge - Get rid of your cards first to win.
  • Last Card - Play a card of the same suit as the player before you.
  • Last Card Plus - Play a card of the same suit or value as the player before you.

Advanced Card Games

  • Five Card Draw - Create a hand with the cards that you have been dealt and battle against other players for the strongest hand.
  • Texas Hold'Em - Create the best hand using the cards you have been dealt and the community cards. The player with the strongest hand wins the pot.
  • Nap - Players bid on how many tricks they'll take and try to meet that bid.
  • Spades - Players split up into teams of two in this trick taking game.
  • Contract Bridge - Players split into offensive and defensive teams in this trick taking game.

Basic Board Games

  • Chinese Checkers - Move all six of your pieces to the goal before the others can.
  • Checkers - Capture all your opponent's pieces first.
  • Dots & Boxes - Create more squares than your opponents to win.
  • Hasami Shogi - In this game the player tries to make the opponent run out of pieces.
  • Turncoat - Players attempt to turn the other player's pieces over to make them their own by placing their own pieces on both sides of the opponent's pieces.
  • Connect Five - Extremely similar to Connect Four. Instead of four pieces, there are five.
  • Grid Attack - Nearly identical to the game of Battleship, which has players guessing where their opponents pieces are placed on a grid board and trying to destroy them.

Advanced Board Games

  • Backgammon
  • Chess
  • Shogi
  • Field Tactics
  • Ludo

Variety Games

  • Soda Shake
  • Dominoes
  • Koi-Koi - A version of the Japanese card game Hanafuda.
  • Word Balloon

Action Games

  • Bowling
  • Darts
  • Billiards - The objective is to pocket the 9 ball.
  • Balance
  • Take Over

Single-Player Games

  • Solitaire - Organize all the cards into four sequential, same-suited piles.
  • Escape - Tile puzzle, remove the largest piece off the board.
  • Mahjong Solitaire - Remove all the tiles from the stack by creating pairs.

Reception

Many reviewers praised the game for its diverse selection, simple interface, and tweakable and easily accessible rules. The portable, pick-up-and-play mentality was also praised. Some of the more popular games in the collection included Solitaire and Mahjong Solitaire.[1]

Much of the game's criticism comes from the limitations on card games. Both GameSpot and GameSpy complained that Texas Hold 'em allowed players to bet in negative chip totals and did not offer no-limit playing.[2][3] Also noted was that the Blackjack options to "split" cards and buy insurance were not in this series.

Stamp mode was greeted warily. IGN noted that having to unlock some games through Stamp mode went against the "pick-up-and-play mentality" of the game collection, while GameSpy went further in calling it a "cheap way" to get players to play every game.[1][2]

Clubhouse Games was the runner-up for IGN's Best offline multi-player game for the Nintendo DS,[4] and a nominee for GameSpot's Nintendo DS Game of the Year 2006.[5]

Clubhouse Games (as 42 All-Time Classics) received a "Double Platinum" sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA),[6] indicating sales of at least 600,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[7]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Wales, Matt. 42 All-Time Classics Review. IGN UK. October 3, 2006
  2. 2.0 2.1 Provo, Frank. Clubhouse Games for DS Review. GameSpot. October 13, 2006.
  3. Villoria, Gerald GameSpy: Clubhouse Game Review. GameSpy. October 16, 2006.
  4. IGN.com presents The Best of 2006
  5. Best Games and Worst Games of 2006 at GameSpot Platform Awards Script error
  6. "ELSPA Sales Awards: Double Platinum". Template:Italiclink. Archived from the original on May 20, 2009. https://web.archive.org/web/20090520070249/http://www.elspa.com/?i=3945. 
  7. Caoili, Eric (November 26, 2008). "ELSPA: Wii Fit, Mario Kart Reach Diamond Status In UK". Template:Italiclink. Archived from the original on September 18, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20170918063107/https://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/112220/ELSPA_Wii_Fit_Mario_Kart_Reach_Diamond_Status_In_UK.php. 
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