As such, you’d be forgiven for rolling your eyes at the latest addition to the swollen ranks, but PopCap’s Solitaire Blitz (those being the guys behind Plants vs. Zombies and Bejeweled) succeeds in being fairly original, and ultimately rather enjoyable.
Considering the plethora of solitaire games and variants out there, I can’t vouch for Solitaire Blitz being entirely unique, but this is definitely the first time I’ve played under PopCap’s particular rules.
As the name suggests, the action is fast-paced, with just 60 seconds on the Solitaire Blitz clock, a mere minute to clear all the cards and shove them up to the decks along the top.
But the big twist in Solitaire Blitz is that the suites don’t count for anything. Furthermore, you can put up cards either one below or one higher than whatever happens to be on the decks.
Let’s say you’ve got a 10 of clubs at the top; you can put up any nine or Jack – regardless of suite. You could throw up a nine, then a 10, then a Jack, a 10 again, back to a nine… And so on.
And those are the Solitaire Blitz basics. Needless to say, being free, there are all sorts of things you can buy, most notably a clock that adds a significant 30 seconds, while “energy” dictates how many games you can play in a given period. Unless you get your wallet out, that is.
On the plus side, it’s entirely possible to clear the cards without using the clock power-up, and the energy stuff regenerates quite quickly. Coins are awarded fairly liberally, too.
As for presentation, Solitaire Blitz is absurdly cute, and that extends to both the visuals and the insanely good Disney-esque score, the latter suggesting that you’re taking part in something truly magical. It’s great.
My only gripe is that there’s not a whole lot going on. There are only four basic power-ups (unless you shop for further boosts), and there aren’t any gameplay variations or levels to speak of.
But for what it is, Solitaire Blitz is really quite good, and ideal for killing a short commute.
- Interesting take on Solitaire
- It’s free (mostly)
- The music
- The freemium stuff (which isn’t actually too bad)
- Can only play in short blasts
- Not a whole lot going on
Summary: Solitaire Blitz is an interesting and seemingly unique take on the solitaire thing, and ideal if you’re looking for something quick to jump in and out of on the move.
Price: free @ App Store
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.