While a few tips are described on this page, the "Tip of the
Day" facility introduced in versions 14.3 provides a considerably
larger number of such tips for each game.
Index (click on item to jump down):
In addition to the help file and printable user guide, each game
contains three "walk-through" options under the
comprehensive of these is the Tutorial feature which steps through the
playing of a live game with the computer playing your hand for you and
providing explanations of what is happening at each turn.
The AutoStep feature
is similar, but without the explanations. It also permits you to
run and pause as the game progresses, and to alter the speed of play.
feature is similar to AutoStep in continuous high-speed run
mode. It is primarily used by MeggieSoft Games when testing new
versions of the product. It plays both players hands
continuously until stopped.
If your system is sufficiently responsive regarding
graphics, which is likely if you have a recent system,
select "True Corners" to display cards with
rounded rather than square corners.
- If you have trouble seeing the cards, try a larger card size (you will
need to install the Plus Pack first). Note that the two larger card sizes require screen
resolutions higher than 600x480, and that the extra-large size is not
applicable to Canasta. Note also that the
text sizes are larger when either of the two larger
card sizes are selected.
- If you need to see what a partially visible melded
card is (Rummy 500 and Gin Rummy), right-click on it. The
card description will be shown as a "tool-tip".
- If you have trouble reading black on gray, you can
change the background color of the dialog messages and
status bar to white (or any color of your choice) via the
"Colors" preferences section. You can similarly change the
background color of the scoresheet.
Features: Try AutoMouse if you get tired of
moving the mouse pointer around. Set AutoStart, AutoResume,
and AutoRestore to go straight to your game in progress when starting up.
If the games provide sluggish response on your system,
note that the following preference options can degrade
performance. You may wish to deselect them if they
are enabled: Animation options, Rounded Corners (Cards
section), Table and Mat effects (Screen section), MeggieSoft Games
mousepointer icons (Mouse section).