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Scopa Scopone

Scopa is, along with Tressette and Briscola, one of the national card games of Italy. It is played with the Italian playing cards that you see above. Both the design of the cards and the rules of Scopa is subject to local variations. Scopone is just one of them.

Scopa has been translated as Clean Sweep. Scopare is Italian for to sweep, and some computer implementations feature a broom in the icon. Incidentally, scopare can also be used for another activity that involves rhythmic movement, and as a standalone swearword. A google image search for scopare turned up precious few brooms, but lots of other things.

Computer Implementations

I found four, Windows games all of them, and uploaded them all today. Unsurprisingly, three of them are from Italy, the fourth, while from the USA, has an author with a definitely Italian name. That all four are Windows games did not astonish me either (compare Windows 3.x card games).


The oldest one (1992) is simply called Scopa and was developed by a company in Naples, MB Soft Grafica. It does not come with a readme or help file, if you don’t know how to play the game, you’ll have to look elsewhere. The menus are Italian only. The icon is a nicely done broom. Generally its graphics are quite good, it was probably created as a sort of advertisement.


Scopone by Gianfranco Marzano (1995, but possibly going back to 1993) is the only implementation of this variation that I found. It has a help file in Italian and English, but no explanation of the rules either.

Scopa 2.0 Scopa 2.0

Marco Corsaletti’s Scopa is available in two versions, both for Windows 95 (maybe there was a version 1.0 for Windows 3.1, but I couldn’t find it). Both come with an English help file that does explain the rules. Its icon features a broom again, combined with playing cards. The older version (2.0, 1997) can run on a VGA display.It probably uses the same card bitmaps as Scopone. The newer one (3.0, 2000) has vastly improved graphics, the best in the bunch, unfortunately a bit small. You can choose between the Piacentine and Napolitane card faces.

Scopa Free

Finally there’s Scopa Free by David Bernazzani. Released in 1999, it is designed for a desktop of at least 800×600. The excellent card graphics by Michael P. Reed have 24-bit color. The help file explains the rules in detail. If you have never played Scopa, this is the program to start with.


2 responses to “Scopa Scopone

  1. Marco Corsaletti May 25, 2011 at 12:40

    Compliments for the review of our game Scopa.
    I’m Marco Corsaletti, one of the autors of computer implementations.
    I released another version of my game Scopa (3.0) that can be downloaded

    • Gonnagan May 25, 2011 at 14:57

      Great! Best card bitmaps so far (pity they’re a bit small), and the only one I know that has both Piacentine and Napolitane. I added it to the site and updated the post.

      BTW was 1.0 really 16-bit? If so, I’d love to have that too.

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