Solitaire Solitaire: Written iPhone App Review
Solitaire Solitaire from developer Brilliant Labs is the latest in releases of card games for the iOS. With sharp artwork and available for free through iTunes, Solitaire Solitaire looks to be another solid hit with card fans for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
For those not familiar with solitaire, listen up. Solitaire is a single-player card game, dating back to the early 19th century, and sometimes referred to as Patience. There is several variations on this age-old classic, popular with card gamers and bored office workers alike (think FReecell on oldcomputers). Solitaire Solitaire features two different game modes: 1 or 3 card draw. Users can elect to turn the optional left-handed settings on, making game play for southpaws a little more bearable on the iOS. Card can be dragged and dropped onto their piles or simply tapped to quickly send them to their foundation. I did notice some lag or odd dragging moments with the cards, at times they would simply drift off screen, frustratingly. However, for the most part the game play is quite solid and well-done, without too many hiccups. Solitaire Solitaire keeps track of the player’s best times, scores and total number of games won. The developers have shown that they really care about listening to their users with the release of several updates. More are supposedly on the way, with one section of the app specifically referring to that as well.
Appearance and Layout:
I was quite impressed with the sharpness of the graphics in Solitaire Solitaire. It’s clear the developers didn’t just grab a few card images and slap them together to make an app. Instead, the decks and individuals cards look great on the iOS, even on non-retina screen devices. The pseudo-wood game tabletop doesn’t clash with the cards at all, rather it nicely compliments them. Finally, the app’s layout is impressively focused and easy to figure out, even from the start.
Do we really need yet another solitaire app for the iOS? The market is fairly saturated with such apps as it currently is and there isn’t a whole lot of room for another one. However, Solitaire Solitaire offers a solid gaming experience, with multiple game options, sharp graphics and a price that can’t be beat. It may very well pull in fans looking for a new app for this classic game on the iOS.
Solitaire Solitaire iPhone app requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review. The iPhone app reviews rating: [Rating: 4.5/5]