Appletell reviews Solitaire Deluxe 6-Pack HD for iPad

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Soliatire Deluxe 6-Pack HDCategory: Card games
Seller: GOSUB 60
Requirements: iPhone OS 3.2 or later
Compatibility: iPad
File Size: 15.6MB
Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Price: $1.99
Age Rating: 4+

Before long, there’ll be more solitaire games available for the iPad than the law should allow. Mostly, I’ll avoid them. I just never developed the love for solitaire (and that minefield thing) that Windows users play when they get bored at work. But I know how to play a couple variations, and sometimes I’m in the mood for it. So, is Solitaire Deluxe 6-Pack HD good enough to fill that role on the iPad?

The short answer is yes. For $1.99, you get six popular variations: Klondike (what most of us just call solitaire), FreeCell (is this the version that comes on Windows now?), Golf, Poker Solitaire, Scorpion and Kings Corner. Each variation comes with a tutorial to teach you the basic rules. This makes 6-Pack especially worth it for those who are used to just playing the same game over and over. Learn the new ones here, and you’ll get to spend a lot of time mastering the strategies.

Solitaire Deluxe 6-Pack HD

Solitaire aficionados, on the other hand, may be looking for a bit more. Well, you can get more…for a price. For $0.99 each you can also buy Tri-Peaks, Pyramid, Spider, Canfield, Chinese Solitaire, Yukon, Vanishing Cross, Russian Solitaire, The Harp and Spiderette. For $4.99, you can get them all. Enjoy.

Solitaire Deluxe 6-Pack HD

The presentation of the games included is clean, but basic. The cards are nicely designed, and the green felt backdrop is exactly what you’d want, isn’t it? Your iPad becomes a perfect little gambling table, for lack of a proper term, if there is one. There are, however, no variations. You can’t change the cards or the background. When you win, you’re just told that you win; nothing fancy or celebratory. Mobile Deluxe says customizable cards and backgrounds are on the way. Until then, here’s what you get.

Solitaire Deluxe 6-Pack HD

Solitaire Deluxe 6-Pack HD also doesn’t record any of your stats—such as your win/loss record, and there’s no integration with any social networking sites. I have no interest in that with my games, but people do. You’ll be happy to know that worldwide leaderboards and a reward store are on the way. In the meantime, what you can control is whether you want the audio to play (more on this in a moment), whether you want the cards to be dealt left or right handed, how easy the play should be, and whether auto win detection should be on.

I like all of this. What I don’t like is the audio. The music at first seems designed to fade into the background, I think, but comes across as somewhat drab. Then, it gets spacey and annoying.

The sound effects are worse. The card shuffling sounds like a typewriter. Very harsh and manufactured. I found it better to play with the audio off. When I left it on and had my wife play it, she returned the game to me with the sound off.

The lack of visual variation and the bad audio are enough to dock it a point. Six games for $1.99 is okay, but it’s frustrating to see all that you don’t get without having to pay more. On the other hand, you only have to pay for the variations you want, and that’s cool. The whole package comes in at $7.98 if you want all 16 games. Likely, that’s worth it if you’re heavily into solitaire. If you’re like me and only need two or three games, Solitaire Deluxe 6-Pack HD—at $1.99—has you covered.

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