It's exciting to realise that we are living through blackjack's greatest resurgence since the golden days of Vegas and Monaco. 21 is back, baby, with some 2017 twists. Last month, that Resident Evil 7 DLC filtered blackjack through our desire to be dismembered by cannibals. Now, a fondness for remembering things from the '90s (do you remember the '90s?) sees blackjack meet Street Fighter 2 in Super Blackjack Battle 2 Turbo Edition - The Card Warriors [Steam page]. Actual game. No joke. It's blackjack with the trappings of Street Fighter, and it is now out. Look at this trailer:
What's going on there? The blurb explains:
"Following an invitation by the owner of the largest Casino in Las Vegas and Godfather of the local most influential crime family, each character will face the other participants in a face-off game of cards.
"Only the best of them will fly to Vegas to challenge the Godfather himself in a final match, not knowing that the tournament itself is nothing more than a charade to hide a ruthless master plan to defeat the competing clan family..."
Also it's blackjack. A dealer deals cards and you twist or stick as you weigh odds and try to total 21 or as close as possible without going over. It's blackjack. You know blackjack? But wrapped up in the pageantry and quips and cutscenes of a Street Fighter-y tournament.
Along with singleplayer, it does support four-player online multiplayer with ranked leaderboards. It'll support cross-platform play with consoles and pocket telephones too.
Super Blackjack Battle 2 Turbo Edition is £8.09/10,79€/$10.79 on Steam It's made by Stage Clear Studios and published by Headup Games. It is blackjack. But also Street Fighter-y.
You must have seen them, the youths. Children in schoolyards play imaginary blackjack, yelling "Yes! 3! Twist! Yeahhh 8! BLACKJACK!", spittle flying as they make deck-shuffling noises with their mouths. And in the park, after dark, the teenagers have abandoned their usual games of mumblety-peg to play finger-chopping blackjack. It is everywhere and it is blackjack.