Klondike, Patience, Solitaire… call it what you will. Everyone should have a Solitaire app on his or her phone. It’s the perfect time-killer. I’ve played many a version of Solitaire in my time, and this one from MobilityWare is hands down the best.
It would take an age to articulate the rules of Solitaire, but I don’t really need to go there, do I? Has anyone not played Solitaire?
MobilityWare has thought of just about everything. There are little touches like the ability to customise the cards and the playing table. There are 25 different card backs in total, including cats, dragons and dogs, and 11 different backgrounds such as leather, felt and wood.
Other options include the ability to play in portrait or landscape, left or right handed, draw one or three, and with or without the clock. You can also choose to have the deck shuffled randomly, or to play in Winning Deal mode in which there’s always a solution.
Solitaire connoisseurs will appreciate the advanced options, such as Vegas Scoring and Vegas Cumulative.
The statistics are a great addition too. You can see how many games you played, won and lost, your shortest and longest winning times, and fewest winning moves. Fortunately there’s no Total Time Played clock. I dread to think how much time I’ve spent playing this version of Solitaire.
The free version of MobilityWare's Solitaire includes ads, but they’re far from intrusive. There’s a small banner at the top in Settings, and a brief ad is displayed before each game, but you can immediately hit Skip. No biggie, but if it really bothers you, you can upgrade to the Gold version for 59p.
- It’s free
- Lots of options
- Full statistics
- Highly addictive
- Annoying when there’s no solution
Summary: It’s a really good version of Solitaire, and it’s free. Why wouldn’t you download this?
Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Price: free! @ App Store