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Thursday, January 25, 2007
 
Playing The Cards You're Dealt With iPod Royal Solitaire
7:51 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Pocket Gamer's latest review examines Royal Solitaire for Apple's iPod portable multimedia device. The game features ten solitaire variants and tracks a variety of statistics. Pocket Gamer gave Royal Solitaire a score of 6 out of 10.

Yet there are plenty of other ways to play solitaire, and EA Mobile has crammed ten of 'em into this iPod game. Step forward Aces Up, Beleaguered Castle, Canfield, FreeCell, Golf, Klondike, Peaks, Pyramid, Scorpion, and Yukon. I promise I haven't made any of them up.

In that sense, Royal Solitaire can be considered as an education: a primer in the wonderful world of solitaire variants that your Nan didn't teach you to play. Trouble is, does anyone want that enough to pay for it, especially given there's a version of basic solitaire preloaded on every iPod?

Another problem is that for each variant here, you're told the rules before playing on a screen that only shows three short lines of explanation at a time, forcing you to scroll forwards and backwards, which isn't great for taking them in. Once you start playing, you're on your own, short of using the Menu button to access the main help screens to check the rules again.
Click on the link below for the full review.

Pocket Gamer: Royal Solitaire Review
Apple: iPod Games
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