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Solitaire Android App Review

Solitaire Android App Review

Solitaire Android App Review

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When I think of Solitaire it instantly brings me back to a time when computers of the late 90’s and early 2000’s with early versions of operating systems we have come to love (and hate) came with just a few built-in games. Solitaire became an instant classic and could be seen on monitors in just about every office.

Developer 1bysl has bottled this classic in app form and now brings it to Android devices everywhere.  The premise of the game, well you should know the drill, a seemingly endless yet enticingly fun card challenge where you build stacks of similar suit cards until a winner is decided.

There are over a dozen options to customize your game which users will really appreciate, and these can be activated and altered in the middle of a game. We gave Solitaire a test drive on a couple of different Android devices and it passed the test for functionality. If there is one area of improvement we could recommend to the developer, this would be the graphics. They are a bit rough and choppy although legible. In all, this is a solid representation of a classic card game, and the app functions as expected.

While not the first version of the game, the game play is solid; among other selling points. Priced at absolutely free, Solitaire is certainly worthy of a try. And we feel that this, like any game of Solitaire, you’ll fire up a game looking to fill a few minutes and suddenly find yourself playing for hours on end.

Android Description
This is the usual Solitaire card game. Also known as Patience or Klondike. Free!

This is the usual Solitaire card game. Also known as Patience Klondike or Windows Solitaire.

Taking a shuffled standard 52-card deck of playing cards (without Jokers), one upturned card is dealt on the left of the playing area, then six downturned cards (from left to right). On top of the downturned cards, an upturned card is dealt on the left-most downturned pile, and downturned cards on the rest until all piles have an upturned card. The piles should look like the figure to the right.

The four foundations (light rectangles in the upper right of the figure) are built up by suit from Ace (low in this game) to King, and the tableau piles can be built down by alternate colors, and partial or complete piles can be moved if they are built down by alternate colors also. Any empty piles can be filled with a King or a pile of cards with a King. The point of the game is to build up a stack of cards starting with 2 and ending with King, all of the same suit. Once this is accomplished, the goal is to move this to a foundation, where the player has previously placed the Ace of that suit. Once the player has done this, they will have “finished” that suit- the goal being, of course, to finish all suits, at which time the player will have won.

This game has many options :
- Normal / Landscape mode
- Auto-save
- French / English card images
- large / normal size cards
- dealing cards 3 by 3, or 1 by 1
- Undo button
- Standard / Vegas mode
- Statistics
- Audio On / Off
- left-handed or right-handed
- Time : ON / OFF
- Unveil cards
- height of columns is dynamic or not
- Many translations ! EN, PL, NL, FR, IT, ES, PT.
- shadows, back card color, speed, …

Requires Android:
1.6 and up

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