It is not often that we get to report on something new from Microgaming that does not involve the new addition of games to their mobile casinos on a monthly basis, but recent news may provide avid mobile casino players with something of an insight into what the company will be focusing on in the very near future. A brand new 3D blackjack app has been released exclusively for mobile phones running on Microsoft’s Windows 8 platform, and it is certainly something different to what many mobile players would have been expecting.
Rather than coming in the form of a new mobile game to be added to Microgaming’s existing portfolio of mobile casinos, the new Bronzebeard Blackjack: The Strategy Coach game involves no real money and is completely standalone in nature. Available for free on the Microsoft Windows Phone Store, it can be downloaded for free and does not require an internet connection to play once it has been successfully installed. It works across a variety of levels with the focus firmly on teaching newer players how to play, presumably in an effort to encourage to take up the real money game at popular mobile casinos such as All Slots when they have completed it.
There are two main standout factors for players that may well indicate what Microgaming has up its sleeve for the future. Firstly, the game is rendered in 3D like few others, with stunning graphics across everything from the main blackjack game to all of the relevant tutorials and practice modes. While the app has the obvious benefit of being self-contained, there can be no doubt that the latest iPhones and Android handsets are more than capable of running similar graphical styles and we may well see more mobile games with similarly stunning aesthetics in the near future.
The other main standout is that the app allows Microgaming to really put their multi-platform development scheme to the test. As you may have seen, the company wants to design games outside the boundaries of a single piece of hardware, making it work identically across smartphones, tablets, desktops and pretty much any other entertainment device. Bronzebeard Blackjack: The Strategy Coach is already out on mobiles, but there are plans in place to release it for both the Windows 8 desktop platform and even Xbox Live, which will really give the entire industry an insight as to how well such games perform both in terms of gameplay and popularity, especially with a juggernaught such as Microgaming behind it.
If you own a Windows 8 smartphone, then you can download Bronzebeard Blackjack right now. Otherwise, you can find an excellent selection of Microgaming mobile casino titles at some of the most popular operators in the world, including the aforementioned All Slots Casino and Platinum Play Mobile Casino.