Here you will find answers to frequently asked Skat questions.
If your question is missing, do not hesitate to ask the developer via this app.
The questions are grouped in following categories:
How can I change the default settings of the game?
Tap the ⓧ icon
in the top right corner of the screen when you are playing cards. Then the gaming room will appear. There is a gear icon (⚙). Tap this icon first and the dice with two dots (⚁) afterwards. Then you will see the default Skat settings.
There are 9 black lines that can be changed by touching them. You can select:
1. with or without ramsch
2. with or without double & re-double
3. deal worse or better cards (7 options)
4. conservative bidding or risky bidding (5 options)
5. low-risk grands or risky grands (3 options)
6. with or without declaring null to avoid big losses
7. points or performance points
8. with or without accounting
9. 6 to 48 games per game series
Please test all settings thoroughly and adapt the app to your needs.
How can I influence my luck?
First, touch the ⓧ icon in the top-right corner of the screen, when you are playing cards. Then tap the gear icon (⚙) to show your game settings. Afterwards touch the dice with two dots (⚁) on the right side. Finally, tap the third black line multiple times until the following text appears "let me pick my cards after shuffling". If this is activated, the app will always deal you three stacks of 10 cards and you can pick the deck you like.
How can I boost my player's luck? / Could the app deal out better hands?
First, touch the ⓧ icon in the top-right corner of the screen, when you are playing cards. Then tap the gear icon (⚙). Afterwards touch the dice with two dots (⚁). Finally, tap the third black line multiple times until the following text appears "App deals you often the best hand".
Winning is too hard/easy. How do I change that?
Tap the ⓧ icon in the top-right corner of the screen, when you are playing cards. Then tap the gear icon (⚙). Here you can select 7 different kind of hands.
You could also take back your played cards by swiping left, when you play cards and correct your mistake. Then winning is easier.
What is the aspect ratio of the playing cards?
The aspect ratio (height/width) must be 3/2.
Why are the pictures of my playing cards not imported?
The automatic card detection may fail sometimes. To get best results, please put the card on a black surface. At the moment, only white cards are detected. If you have encountered problems and followed all the steps, you may send your playing card to the developer to fix the issue in the app.
How many players are supported?
The multiplayer mode supports 3 players who can play directly. However, if you play the daily challenges, there is no limit! Your results will appear in worldwide leaderboards.
Why do I not see other players nearby?
There are four conditions to be met: (1) the other player must also run this app, (2) both players must have activated the multiplayer game, (3) wireless networks must be activated, (4) search for players must be activated, and (5) both players must be in close range for wireless communication.
How and when can I accept daily Skat challenges?
You can play anytime. Tap the yellow crown in the gaming room to see today's best Skat players worlwide. When you touch the flashing play button, the daily challenge starts.
How does the daily challenge work?
It is explained here.
How could I get a subscription?
Just tap the line 'subscription' in game settings. For more information, please visit page subscription.
What is the difference between SkatGenie und SkatGenie+?
The app SkatGenie (a.k.a. SkatGenius) ist ad-free and offers 6 free games everyday. You need a subscription (that costs only 17 Cent per month) to be able to play without breaks.
The new app SkatGenie+ (a.k.a. SkatGenius+) is financed by advertisment. You can play Skat endlessly if you watch short ads occasionally. Due to the advertisement breaks, this app does not support the multi-player mode. Please note that this app needs internet access to load short advertisement videos.
How do I close the ad?
Please touch the icon ⓧ in the top right corner of the screen. If you do it, before the ad is played fully, a new ad is loaded that you can watch.
Why does the video not play?
Internet access is required to watch ads. In addition, you must have granted permission to show personalized ads. If there was connection error, touch "play video" or "no internet!?" to get more information. The app tries to load ads again. Please check your internet connection, if it fails.
Is Skat a game of pure chance?
No. Skat is a strategy game. It requires game intelligence to be successful.
Can I play for money?
This app does only the accounting for you. Please note that neither this app nor the developer of this app pay out any real money! Your playing partners are not required to use their real names or photos. So you may not be able to identify the person in real life.
How can I change the names and pictures of the players?
Tap the white cross to go to the gaming room. Then tap the player's profile icon. The screen with the names, pictures, scores, etc. of all players will appear. Touch a picture to import a new one. Tap the player's name to change it.
How can the power consumption of the app be reduced?
You can switch off card animation (see settings).
How do I get to the gaming room?
Just tap the white cross in the right top corner of the screen to go to the gaming room, as illustrated on page views.
How do I get the app?
You can get the ad-free app SkatGenie for your Apple devices and Android devices on the App Store or Play Store, respectively. There is also an free version available that supports ads. It is called SkatGenie+ and can be downloaded from Google's Play Store and Apple's App Store, too.
What Skat rules have to be followed?
That is your decision. You can follow the international Skat Order or you can deviate from these rules by allowing Ramsch, double, etc. You can change the rules in settings.
What is the international Skat Order?
It is a standard containing internationally binding set of rules for all Skat players published by the ISPA World (International Skat Players Association) and DSkV (German Skat Union). These rules were introduced to avoid disputes and disagreements.
Why is only one skill level supported?
Since you can take back your played cards very easily, you can increase your skill level artificially. Learning from your mistakes is the fastes way to master this game. You learn nothing if the AI makes big mistakes on purpose to let you win.
On the other side, if the AI makes annoying tactical mistakes, you should not hesitate to contact the developer. You can do it comfortably in this app. So don't worry, this AI-machine is constantly learning, too ... ;-)
If you want to win or lose more games, you could change the settings and let the app deal you better or worse cards, respectively.