Enjoy 1 of 50 fun and exciting Solitare variations by the masters of card games!
DFG Exclusive Review Summary
- You can choose a player picture to represent each player on your computer.
- 3 categories of card games to play.
- Graphics are better than most solitaire collections.
- Entertaining and addicting for the solitaire fan.
- No music – only sound effects which sound disjointed.
- No storyline or underlying connection between the games makes it boring and repetitive.
- No variety in gameplay.
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Solitaire is one of the most popular card games in history and nobody does it better than the experts at Hoyle. Shuffle the cards and deal yourself some fun!
If you think you've mastered all the variations of Solitaire, think again. Hoyle brings you 50 different variations of this classic card game. With endless combinations of cards and built in tutorials, there's no end to the fun!
Hoyle Solitaire includes classic games and new variations such as Klondike, Spiderette, Three towers, Baroness, and many more! Great for players of all ages and fun for minutes or hours on end!
Hoyle Solitaire Review
Hoyle Solitaire is a nicely put together collection of solitaire games for the solitaire fanatic. With 50 fun solitaire games in three categories to choose from, decent graphics and the ability to personalize the game by choosing a player photo, Hoyle Solitaire is sure to capture the solitaire lover's attention and keep them playing for hours.
50 Solitaire Variations
Hoyle Solitaire offers 50 different versions of solitaire for the both solitaire enthusiast and the beginning player, including Klondike (the version that comes with every Windows operating system), Golf, TriPeaks, Free Cell, Yukon and Vegas. Each has different rules and strategies, but for the most part the goal is the same. Generally, you must clear all the cards in the tableau (piles of cards you need to get rid of) by stacking them in some way.
For Klondike, the method is to stack the cards chronologically from Ace up to King, alternating color as you go. For TriPeaks, you must clear all the cards by clicking on cards that either directly above or below the starter card in value, regardless of suit or color. This means that if the starter card is a Jack, you can either clear a 10 or a Queen, and so on.
Help Features Teaches How to Play the Variations
Most players will not have encountered many solitaire games beyond the typical Klondike version. Hoyle Solitaire does a good job of providing a Help feature that instructs you in fairly easy to understand language how to play each game. It explains your goal, the rules, and how to win. The Help window is accessible at any time from the game screen should you forget some of the rules or require further help. This is a great feature and very helpful, especially for newer players. Unfortunately, the audience of Hoyle Solitaire is still pretty limited because of the nature of the game of solitaire.
Not Much to Attract Younger Players
It isn't something younger players would be able to grasp easily or even be entertained by, because there is little that is very visually or aurally stimulating. The graphics are fairly well done, and are relatively sharp and clear. While they are better than most solitaire collections, the graphics will not blow you away by any means. There are no animations other than the cards moving around the screen, and no accompanying music with a few sound effects. The sounds effects don't add anything to the game but don't detract much from gameplay either.
No Incentives or Rewards for Playing
The gameplay is somewhat addicting for the solitaire enthusiast, but casual players will likely find it repetitive and potentially boring, depending on which game they play. Golf is incredibly difficult, while Klondike is fairly easy for a competent player.
The different games all end up feeling pretty similar, however, and there are no rewards or incentives to do particularly well, so playing can feel somewhat pointless unless you enjoy solitaire for itself. This limits the audience and means that most players will not want to play for very long at a time.
Conclusion - A Good Collection For the Right Player
In general, Hoyle Solitaire is a fairly good collection of solitaire games that are fun to play. While the audience is limited by the rules of gameplay, lack of audio-visual stimulation, and repetitive nature of the game of solitaire, the collection itself is fairly well done and will provide hours of fun to the solitaire fanatic. While not the best card game out there, Hoyle Solitaire is a fairly decent solitaire collection. If you love solitaire, give it a try.
- Review by Hillary
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