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Genre: Cards :: Players: 1 :: Released: 28/4/05

Solitaire Deluxe Review

Developer: Living Mobile

Pros

Game Features

Rating/100

Good choice of wallpapers and matching music themes

Solid menu system

Any of the games can be saved at any time

Cons

Graphics are poor

No overall statistics

Sound
Help
Save Option
Highscore
Suspend/Resume
See Compatible Handsets

77

Graphics

60

Sound

87

Controls

85

Playability

80

Lastability

75

Review Details
Handset Nokia 6600

Costas Stephanides ’s Review

Review Date: 10/5/05

Your chance to play the 3 major variants of Solitaire for the price of 1.


There are plenty of solitaire games out there for your mobile but the majority only cater for one type of game. Solitaire Deluxe is different as you can choose to play either Klondike, Spider or Freecell. Plenty of choices but how does it actually measure up?

As a whole the package is well put together. You have a selection of backgrounds and music to listen to. The controls are fairly intuitive and there is a high score for each mode. The scores are basically determined on the time taken to complete a game. Each game can be saved and you can restart a saved game at any time. The only bad side to the game is the graphics. The cards are small and it can be difficult to spot the difference between a Q and an 8. However, the entire playing area is on the screen. You do not need to scroll around the screen like in other card games.

Klondike Solitaire (the standard solitaire game on Windows) is the best of the bunch. You can choose to draw one card or three cards at a time although there is no ??Vegas?? mode. The game is controlled by manipulating the on screen cursor using either the D-pad or the key pad. Cards are selected using 5, the left soft key can act as a short cut to take the cursor straight to the deck. When a card is selected, pushing the D-pad left or right will automatically transfer the card to a legitimate pile. You must then confirm the move with 5. This may sound a little complicated but it does save time and you don??t have to be endlessly pushing right to move your card around the screen. Unlike the Windows version, once a card has been placed in the suit piles it cannot be retrieved.

Klondike is graphically the better out of the three modes. As there is only one deck and the majority are turned over during gameplay, it is easier to distinguish between the cards. All round this is the best of the bunch.

Spider Solitaire should now be known to all XP users. I had never played it until a coupe of years ago and the mobile version seems to do the job quite nicely. You can choose to play with either one, two or four suits and the rules are identical to the PC version. The only trouble with this mode is the graphics. It does not take long before you have 40 upturned cards and it does get very tricky trying to pick out your next move when all you can see is a mass of black splodges. The game is still playable albeit slightly tiring on the eye. Not good to play on the train home after 8 hours in front of the computer screen.

Finally Freecell. This is my favourite of the PC games and I am proud to say I have a 90% (without cheating). Maybe I have played this on the PC too much but I could not get my head round this game. From the start, there are 52 upturned cards and I found it impossible to plan my strategy. I could not see where the relevant cards were. It did give me too much of a headache. Unfortunately, the game is just not playable on the Nokia 6600.

It is almost a fantastic bundle of solitaire games, the graphics just need a little tweaking.