Best Free Hearts Game

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Introduction

The game of Hearts dates back to around 1850 and derives from older games of skill where one had to try to avoid taking certain cards. It has now become one of the most popular card games. Computer Hearts is usually designed for four players per game (though in real-life card play the game can accommodate anything from 3 to 7 players).

The main objective of the game is to try to get the fewest points by avoiding winning any tricks including a Heart and the Queen of Spades. There's just one exception... and that provides a special challenge: a player may manage to embrace the Queen and shoot the moon by winning all 13 Hearts plus the Queen of Spades! The game ends if a player's total score reaches or exceeds 100 points after the tricks. The player with the fewest points becomes the winner of the game.

Sounds interesting? There are many tutorials available for the game. A simple guide on the rules of the game is here if you do not already know how to play the game.

Some but not all versions of Windows come with a Hearts game program pre-installed. Either way, you may like these freely available Hearts games, some of which are designed to go one better than the Windows program.

 

Rated Products

Hearts  

An excellent Hearts game app for online and offline plays on Android and iOS mobile devices.


Our Rating: 
4.5
License: Free (Ads)
Play offline with unlimited undos, rated and friendly online games, rules settings, visuals and statistics.
Ad-supported.
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Microsoft Hearts  

One of the most popular games that have been included in Windows up to Windows 7.


Our Rating: 
4.5
License: Free
Excellent graphics and smooth animations, clean design, various card decks and backgrounds, game statistics, saving games to continue.
Standard rules of Hearts with no other options.
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Hardwood Hearts  

A hearts game with unique graphic design, full of color, sound and visual effects


Our Rating: 
4.5
License: Free (Limited features)
Unique graphic design, sound and visual effects, play with computer opponents or with people online.
The free version has limited features such as one difficulty level, one avatar, etc.
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Gnome Hearts  

A free and open-source Hearts game application designed for Linux with the GNOME Desktop Environment.


Our Rating: 
4
License: Free (Open source)
Various rule sets including Spot Hearts, Omnibus Hearts with configurable play rules, backgrounds and card styles.
Redo/undo moves is not implemented, no sound effects, neither supports network play.
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Thanos Hearts  

Play Hearts with different sets of rules including the British and Greek versions of Hearts.


Our Rating: 
3.5
License: Free
Select game rules, provides British and Greek versions of Hearts.
Only runs in full screen, no virtual characters or skill level adjustment.
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Related Products and Links

Go to a website and play Hearts online

One option is to go to Yahoo! Games - Hearts. All you need is a Yahoo ID (and you don't have to install any game software on your computer).

 

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Comments

Many card games have regional rules. Hearts is one example, Euchre is another. Computerized games are usually played according to Holye. It's not uncommon to find rules missing from an online game due to the regional aspect.