By Astraware Limited
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Love card games? Astraware Solitaire is a fantastic collection of 12 of the most well-known single player card games, chosen based on direct feedback and suggestions from customers.
* Includes Klondike, Freecell, Pyramid, Spider, Clock, Yukon, Canfield, Four Seasons, Sultan's Harem, Idiot's Delight, Golf, and Calculation.
* Each game has custom gameplay options so you can play using your favorite variation on the standard rules.
* Game rules options include Auto move to Foundations (quick finish), Useful Move Highlighting and Automatic Hints.
* Choice of beautiful decorative backgrounds and card backs, including a seasonal 'Winter' set!
* Choice of card fronts
* Golden Trophy Deck awards - win all the golden cards during play to unlock the Golden deck to play with!
* Detailed game statistics including how long you've played and how often you win
* Game auto saves your progress on exit
Ahh, My Beloved Freecell is Back ... & GOOD!
With all due respect to Jeffrey, I'm having none of the difficuties he mentioned. I did take time first to configure the "Settings" (upper wheelie-cog icon), as well as the "Game Rules" (when game is first opened). The latter allowed me to set "Intelligent Move", meaning the cards go pretty much where you expect them to as soon as you click on one, as well as allowing me to alter the look of the cards and table (luv the wood backgrounds). When the game was over, the cards descended from the screen one by one, quickly, in a nice little congrats-style move, then I heard hands clapping. I've got the most recent iMac 27-inch, so perhaps that has something to do with the speed-- then again, I've got all kinds of stuff running in the background and in the foreground, with no ill effects.
In essence, $$ well spent. Do note however-- sometimes, when you click a card, it lands in an unexpected location. Easy enough to clean up though. That's probably because I missed or futzed something in the settings. That explains the minus 1 star-- either not intuiitive enough in the settings, or the "intelligent move" deal ain't what it's s'posed to be. But I repeat, it's still a worthy purchase for Freecell fans!
Needs Work - Has Promise
The visuals are great, but there are some short falls in the in the design of the system. There is not auto-complete, the ace's don't place inutitively into their slots at the right when their clicked. When there is a blank space to place a run, and enough blanks at the top to accomodate the move, the transaction has to be done one at a time rather than with a point and click. In fact, the point and click process doesn't work well overall.
Dragging a run from one place to another is way too slow.
The visual design options are worth keeping, and once the software is streamlined to work well, this will be a great buy — but not yet.
Great Value, Try Configuring It.
I've had this game on Palms, iTouch, iPad, and now Mac. it is highly configureable and has lots of options for both rules and the mechanics of playing the game. Of course you have to SET the options for them to work. I haven't experienced any of the slowdowns described. Of course, I reboot regularly and don't try to multitask heavily. This game is a great value, especially at 2 bucks.
For everyone who has worked so hard to bring programs to the App Store - Thanks! Anyone think they can make a better program? Please do so, we'd all love to see it.