Published on January 29th, 2014 | by James Maxwell0
4 Thrones Solitaire Review
When I was growing up one of my favorite video games was the classic card game Solitaire. Sure it wasn’t nearly as captivating as something like Super Mario Bros or Contra, but if I was ever bored or didn’t feel like going outside I often found myself loading up a few games of Solitaire. There was just something about the game’s strategic gameplay that made it addictive – and lets be honest, seeing the bouncing card deck animation after winning a game made all the failed games worth the effort. Solitaire was one of the first “just one more game” games that I ever played.
When I saw that the indie developer Simple Machine had created a Solitaire game ‘with a twist’ I was a bit sceptical but also very intrigued. How could someone change the rules of a classic card game and still make it feel like you’re playing a good ol’ game of Solitaire? I originally assumed that any modifications made to the gameplay would detract from what makes Solitaire Solitaire and the final product just wouldn’t feel like the game that inspired it. However, after playing just a few hands in 4 Thrones Solitaire I realised my assumptions were wrong. Very wrong. Simple Machine managed to take Solitaire’s classic framework, make a few interesting tweaks to the gameplay, and in turn make Solitaire feel fresh and fun again – all while maintaining what makes Solitaire the game that it is.
So you’re probably wondering what changes have be made to the classic card game that makes 4 Thrones Solitaire so darn special. It’s quite simple actually: rather than making piles of cards in numerical order of the same suit you’ll be placing cards of higher value on top of any card of lower value that is in one of your four card piles. The suit’s don’t matter here (for the most part), so all you need to worry about is that you place a higher valued card on top of a card of a lower value. Also, cards like the Ace, Jack, Queen, and King have their own special abilities that hugely impact how you play the game. For example the Ace and Jack work kind of like a ‘wildcard’, and the Queen and King remain on your deck until you replace them with a card of the same suit. These gameplay changes add a whole new level of strategy to the Solitaire experience, and you’ll be relying on just as much strategy and luck (if not more) as you did in the original game.
In addition to adding a brand-new gameplay formula 4 Thrones Solitaire also includes three unique game modes that really bolster the game’s replayability factor. When you boot up the game you’ll notice the game’s main mode: “Single Mode”. Single Mode gives you the option of playing through either Random or Beatable stacks of cards. Random means that the hand you’re given may or may not actually be solvable, and Beatable means there is a solution – so long as you make all of the right moves. Even though these stacks are supposedly ‘Beatable’ it doesn’t mean you’ll be breezing right through them. Each hand requires a whole lot of luck and I found that more often than not I don’t complete a stack on my first try. You are given the option to test your luck on the same hand if you want, but I personally prefer just jumping into a new game with a whole new stack of cards.
On top of the great Single Mode you are also given Endless Mode and Kings Mode. Endless Mode has you trying to solve as many decks in a row as you can, while Kings Mode is all about earning as many points as you can. Points are added up and given multiplies by having as many Kings in your four stacks as you possibly can. This game mode is very unique for a card game and it really gets you weighing both risk and reward when you are aiming to set a new high score.
If you’re not already sold on the game’s highly addictive gameplay it might interest you to know that 4 Thrones Solitaire sports one of the freshest minimalistic art styles you’ll find in any Android game to date. The developer added an unreal amount of polish to the game’s graphics, and it’s simply a joy to look at. There is a great mix of simplicity and great colour combinations in each of the game’s 20 themes – which you unlock simply by playing the game. Each of these themes is quite different from the last and you’ll continue playing game after game just to see what amazing theme you’ll unlock next.
4 Thrones is a simple card game that fans of Solitaire will instantly fall in love with. It’s unique twist on the classic Solitaire formula makes it feel fresh and new while still managing to hold onto the elements that make it feel like a game of Solitaire. Each hand you play only takes a few minutes to complete which makes it a perfect game for anyone that’s on the go – but the gameplay is so addictive that you can easily sit down and kill a few hours at a time. 4 Thrones Solitaire has no IAPs or ads, which is always a great feature for any game to have. It looks great, it plays very well, and it’s among the best – if not the best – card game available for Android devices. I highly recommend downloading 4 Thrones Solitaire today. You really won’t be disappointed.
Summary: Fans of the classic card game Solitaire must download 4 Thrones Solitaire today. It adds some unique twists on the classic gameplay formula while still managing to make it feel like the game that inspired it. The highly addictive gameplay in 4 Thrones Solitaire makes it worth the price of admission for sure but the addition of several game modes and plenty of unlocks make it a game that you'll be playing for a long time to come. 4 Thrones Solitaire is an absolute must buy!