Solitaire or Patience – Whichever Name You Use – Great Game

Total Score:  28.5

Solitaire, the game, dates back to the mid-18th century.  With this app we have definitely moved into this century!  You can take the game wherever you go and have something to while away the time as you wait in a doctor’s office or during your commute (if you are on public transportation – don’t play while driving.)  This game is pure enjoyment and just a little bit addictive.

Price Rating = 5     Free

Ease of Use Rating = 5     The graphics are clear and it is easy to move the cards around.

 Readability Rating = 5      Reasonable size font.  The settings screen is nice and big.

 Will You Use It Rating = 5     If you like solitaire, this app is a winner.  Who doesn’t have downtime to fill?

 Downsides Rating =  -1     I have had this app for a long time.  I must have upgraded to a paid version because I do not see ads on my iPhone and there are a few more features. There are ads between deals on the iPad.  It does not disrupt play and the app is free.  I took a point off, but it is hardly an issue.

  Consumer Review Rating = 4.5     With 291,000 reviews, the average rating was four stars.  The last 12,000+ ratings gave it a 4.5 star rating.  I think that based on the volume of reviews the higher score is most appropriate.

Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5      This game is easy to play and helps make tedious waits a little more tolerable.

How does it work? 

With this app you have four options.

  1. You tap the play button to set up a new deal.  Depending on the version, you will have multiple choices.  On my iPhone, I can choose between a random shuffle and a winning deal.  The random shuffle may not be winnable.  I always go with the random shuffle.  I appreciate the challenge of not knowing if I can win the hand.  (I don’t see this option on my iPad, so it must be one of the paid app features.)
  2. You use drag and drop motions to move the cards around and you can play in either landscape or portrait mode.  I prefer portrait mode.
  3. You can select a multi-player deal – this involves another player from Game Center joining you.  I have never tried this option.  Solitaire to me is well… solitary.
  4. From the Play button, you can replay a game.
  5. If you are stuck during the game and see no moves, you can ask for a hint.  The software will show you if there is a possible move – or let you know that none exists.
  6. The only other option in this simple app is the setting button.  From that selection you can change the background, draw 3 (or one at a time), right-handed (versus left-handed play), turn on/off sound, turn on/off time, determine how to keep score (standard or Vegas), lock orientation and a few more options.
  7. Through the settings button, you can select your own photo for the card backs.   There are multiple ways to customize the deck.

Overall, this simple app can provide hours worth of fun.

Devices:  This app can be used on either the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.  It requires iOS 3.0 or later.  App developed by MobilityWare.

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