Hoyle's Official Book of Games: Volume 1
was the first card game simulator series released by Sierra entertainment. The series owes its name to Edmond Hoyle
The Hoyle trademark and facecards were used under license from Brown & Bigelow Inc
The games included were: Crazy Eights
, Old Maid
, Gin Rummy
For all games, except the last, the player could choose opponents, each having their own AI
and manner of playing. These opponents included historical figures, members of Sierra staff, and characters from Sierra games.
When the player took too long making a decision, the characters started having dialogues, each according to his background. For example, Larry begins to comment about women, while Roger Wilco wants to escape this game to save the universe again.
A remake was released with VGA support, speech and original soundtrack. There was a set with 'Classic Characters' to play with, and one with an increased number of Sierra characters as well. The Sierra characters were: King Graham, Pepper, Willy Beamish, Larry Laffer, Quarky, Laura Bow, Adam, Roger Wilco and Dr. Brain.
The number of games was increased to eight, with the inclusion of Bridge and Euchre.