Card Games Review

General

Solitaire Epic

Solitaire is the classic card game that requires no other player but yourself. Put in some tropical island backgrounds and a few different game modes to play and you have Solitaire Epic. Mix and match, go up and down numbers, or play the regular game of solitaire in this colorful card game.

The complexity of Solitaire Epic does not go far, but the game runs smooth, the new types of solitaire are easy and fun to pick up, and for some reason I felt that beating the solitaire game was actually necessary. Solitaire Epic has card assortments to choose from before games so layouts of cards seem different each game. Other than that the rest is self-explanatory. It’s a solitaire game with its own brand of cards and its own types of playing maps.

I give Solitaire Epic a 3.5 out of 5 stars. It’s fun but it’s also solitaire.

Royal Challenge Solitaire

If you are looking for a relaxing and beautiful solitaire game, Royal Challenge Solitaire may be the card game for you. With no story line, you can immerse yourself in this addictive and fun game for the afternoon.

The backdrop of this game is gorgeously drawn with many items from different countries represented in each scene. I don’t know how royal these items are but they are nice to look at. Some may have letter writing, pearl necklace, biscuits and more in pastel like colors. Another scene I found interesting is the Japanese one where they put a bowl of white rice with chopsticks, kokeshi (Japanese wooden doll), hand fans, good luck charms, yen, old fashion photo, and manju (confection) in darker and redder colors.

There are 2 modes of play in Royal Challenge Solitaire: Challenge and Random. Random will present levels in random order and Challenge will increase the difficulty as you play. With 100 levels, you may be in for a big Challenge, but the play is very relaxing and enjoyable.

The solitaire game is simple. You need to clear the game board by clicking on a card either higher or lower to the one on deck like a mahjong type of play. If you find yourself not able to make a move, you can click on the deck that is faced down to open another card. You must clear the board before you run out of cards. Quick and successful moves will get you bonuses and accolades in the Hall of Fame.

So if you are looking for a relaxing play with good music and elegant looking backgrounds, Royal Challenge Solitaire will meet your requirements in an addictive and fun game. I give it a 3 for its beautiful artwork and soothing music with a lot of levels to conquer.

Five Card Deluxe

One of my favorite genres of games is card games. Five Card Deluxe really captured the key to my gaming heart by combining two of my favorite card games, solitaire and poker. The point of this game is to create poker hands from the cards given to you one at a time (in a similar way to solitaire). Once you get five cards in a row that make a poker hand, the slot clears and you can move on to making a new hand.

There are four game modes: Challenge, Freestyle, Jokers Wild and Tournament. Challenge asks you to make specific hands like a three of a kind, a straight and a pair. Once you complete all the required hands, you pass the stage. Freestyle is exactly as it sounds, a free mode where you try to get as many point as possible. It is the same thing for Tournament, score as many points as possible to advance. Finally there is Jokers Wild. This was probably my favorite part of the game as you score a specific number of points to complete the level, but at certain stages, you are rewarded with joker cards. These cards can be used to complete hands and become the best card possible for that particular hand. I thought this was awesome and it allows you to get some hands that would be impossible to wait for (i.e. a royal flush).

Card games are a favorite of mine, but this game was just awesome. I thought the combination of both solitaire and poker worked really well. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys either of these games, as it is incredibly fun and has an infinite replayability. I give this game five out of five stars.