Feb 9, 2016
Combining two very different card games? I am curious as to how Sage Solitaire intends to do that.
If the game sorta kinda feels like a mix between solitaire and say, poker, you ain’t crazy; Sage Solitaire actually merges elements from both card games. Off the bat, it may be hard to imagine, but as as one goes on, it is fairly cohesive.
In terms of layout, it is played in portrait, with a simple top-down view that reveals cards stacked in three rows and three columns. The artwork is simplistic, and the cards are easily identifiable to anyone who has played around with a deck of playing cards; helping out with the visuals is the color scheme, as the developer adds color-coding to each suite. The game is controlled by taps, and the resulting animations and such are quite smooth.
With regards to gameplay, again, one need not think too long about “conventional” solitaire. Yes, one constant element is flipping cards, but getting point-garnering “hands” (just like in poker) is a main goal. So, taking chance into account, one can look to get, say, a pair (two matching numbers for a modest 10 points), or one can shoot for big payouts by going for the admirable straight flush (hello: 150 points)… or any of the combos (like three of a kind, regular flush, four of a kind, etc). One can trash cards — up to two, and regenerated by successive combos. It takes a bit of skill to go along with luck, and several scenarios inevitably play out… should one gamble on “trashing” a card, or go for what’s safe? There are hints and special cards as well.
In the end, clearing the board completely is what one hopes to do.
It all comes together quite well, almost surprisingly slow. It is quite addictive, and the high score system encourages one to get in battle with self and others locally. Extra modes (past the stock two) are available via in-app purchase, as well as other goodies.
When it’s all said and done, this is game that has to be played to be properly beheld. Get on with it.