Full Deck Solitaire Review

Full Deck Solitaire Review

Jul 30, 2013

Full Deck Solitaire is a solitaire game that is going to kill you with kindness. Kindness in this case refers to the provision of plenty of different game types.

What sets this one apart is the sheer number of Solitaire variants. I thought I was a connoisseur, but Full Deck Solitaire humbled me a bit. There are dozens of versions available, including Klondike Pick 1, Vegas and a whole lot more that I have never heard of before.

For folks who cut their teeth on the ubiquitous Windows OS versions, the gameplay will be especially familiar. full1Klondike, which is a variant that is/was bundled with Windows, is included in this game, and id perfect for explaining the generalized rules of the game.

Using a shuffled deck of 50 cards (full deck minus jokers) the aim is to complete the four color suit of cards from the Aces to Kings. The “tableau” piles at the botom can be used as holders to assist in moving cards from the bank; cards can be bold down in alternating colors.

The game controls are quite intuitive, even though there is an action or two that didn’t work the way I guessed it would at first. Taps and drags generally control the movement of cards to and fro. The game sports an auto button, which build all build-ables, an undo button which provides infinite fixes, and a hint button, which flashes green when there is a move that can be played. With so many different variations of the game o try, the rules button is especially useful, as it gives a window with a quick summary of the rules that govern the specific type being played.

The game looks comfy, with appropriate background artwork, and the cards themselves are interestingly designed, with a somewhat weathered look about them. The animations are utilitarian, with sparse audio cues and sound effects; I like this, as the effects do not overpower the game itself. The game has incorporated stats and even a count on the draw sack.

Great game, decently presented and packs in so many options. What’s not to love?

Tekken Card Tournament Review

Tekken Card Tournament Review

Apr 22, 2013

I can’t imagine playing Tekken on my tablet or phone. Touch screens controls aren’t exactly ideal for a fighting game series that has its fair share of long-winded combos.

So what have Namco Bandai done to get their beloved series on Android devices? The answer is to turn it into a turn-based card game. If that sounds like a good idea, then read on and if it doesn’t? Well, keep on reading, because this game has a number of things going for it.

Tekken Card Tournament is all about taking down your opponent’s health to zero by using a series of randomly drawn cards. Each turn of a fight sees both fighters act simultaneously, with one of three commands being carried out. You can choose to block, focus or strike.

The strategy of the game comes from second-guessing what you’re opponent’s going to do and by making best use of what’s currently in your ‘hand’. You use focus to spend your turn drawing a card, block will cancel the first two attacks of an opponent’s combo and strike will cause you to carry out each attack you have in your ‘hand’ in the form of a combo.

Tekken4It’s this simple set-up which then lends itself to more tactical play as certain cards will have extra abilities. With certain cards in your hand, you could see your blocks healing you. Other cards will weaken the opponent’s attacks, some will allow more cards to be drawn and so on.

One issue with the cards is that their descriptions can be a little vague. If you see a card for the first time, it may not be entirely clear as to how it actually works, leaving you with a bit of trial and error and having to learn how the card’s special ability works the hard way. The hard way being getting knocked out.

Another issue with the cards comes up when playing online. If you haven’t spent real money (or spent an age earning gold through fights) you’ll not have access to the stronger or more interesting cards. One fight was lost before it began as the person I was playing against had a ‘special’ card that gave them nearly double health and took 15 health off of me before the fight had even started.

As with a lot of ‘free’ games, Tekken Card Tournament lets itself down by being a little too keen on wanting you to fork out real money on fake cards. Which is a shame, as the card battles lend themselves to some tense moments and are pretty engaging. Though in this game’s case, real money can equal real cards, as a series of Tekken cards are to be released. Each card can be scanned so that every physical card you end up owning can be transferred into the game.

Tekken Card Tournament is a strong card game that punishes those that don’t invest a huge amount of time or a small amount of money into stronger cards.

Free Friday App Rundown December 7th – Card Games

Free Friday App Rundown December 7th – Card Games

Dec 7, 2012

Talking about card games instantly makes me think of a few different styles. And guess what, most of those styles are in this list. Some of the classics have multiple variations while other games require collecting cards and playing with others. Something nice about card games is they don’t require other people to play, they’re a staple of personal entertainment.

250+ Solitaire Collection

There really can’t be a list of basic card games without having solitaire in there. This is one of those games I was talking about where there’s multiple different variations. This one game alone, has over 250 variations of solitaire. I know this is one of the first games that I learned how to play when I was younger. I’m pretty sure I don’t even know how to play more than 4 versions of solitaire, though.

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G4A Indian Rummy

Something unique about card games is everybody has their own little twist on the rules. The problem is when playing a computer game, or in this case it Android game, many times they played by the traditional rules. This particular Indian rummy game is like that. Boning up on the actual rules of the traditional version might be a good idea before starting to play this game getting angry.

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101 Drinking Games

People will turn pretty much anything into a drinking game. In fact, when I was following the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Twitter, somebody turned the parade into a drinking game. So, for the days where creativity just isn’t happening, here’s 101 different card games to use as drinking games. Most of the time people have a deck of cards; if not, they’re only a couple bucks.

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World Series of Poker

Poker is another one of those games a card game list would feel naked without. World Series of Poker is a game by EA sports. For those people trying to learn how to play poker, there’s a decent tutorial here. If interested, create an online account and play with people all over. In the beginning, there’s option to just play as a guest. This way all of the losses are not accumulated.

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MARVEL War of Heroes

Think of MARVEL War of Heroes to be like a comic book turned into a card game. This battle card game features many of the most popular Marvel heroes like Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Black Widow, and Hawkeye. in the style of other battle card games like the extremely popular Magic The Gathering, MARVEL War of Heroes is again to collect a unique deck of cards to better battle opponents.

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Poker Swap Pro Review

Poker Swap Pro Review

Sep 28, 2011

Think you’ve got a pretty good poker face? Well, save it, because it won’t help you here. Poker Swap Pro takes the idea of assembling different poker hands from the cards you have available to you and turns it into a decent game of solitaire. Chips, cigars and a few extra buddies with thick wallets are also not required.

As far as puzzle games go, Poker Swap Pro isn’t very deep. You have 5 rows and 5 columns of cards, and all you’re doing is swapping them, one at a time, to assemble high-scoring hands vertically and horizontally. Depending on the game mode, you’ll be given a time limit, or a set goal score to beat before you can move on to the next round. There’s also a Zen Mode, with no time limit or other pressures holding you down. It’s just you and the cards, mixing and matching to your heart’s desire.

The addition of special cards with unique attributes add a bit more strategy to the game. You have cards that increase the time limit, score multipliers, locked cards and a stone piece that can be moved, but prevents you from making a full hand in that row/column. You also have to watch out for repeating matches you’ve already made, as this will deduct points. In Survival Mode, you need to be especially careful. You might hit the goal, but find yourself going under it when you make too many mistakes.

The graphics in Poker Swap Pro are rather plain and dull. Cards, menus and other interactive elements barely animate or show off any sort of glitz; they all seem too utilitarian. On one hand, it’s a puzzle game; you don’t really need glitz. On the other hand, some polish is better than none. The same goes for the sound. With no background music, all you have are the sounds of chimes that announce when a special card is in play, an element has been touched or when the cards are shuffling. That’s about it.

My biggest complaint about the game is that it requires you to already have a working knowledge of what cards constitute different hands in poker. If you don’t know the difference between a “flush” and a “straight flush,” you may have trouble getting high scores. On top of that, the game doesn’t tell you what hand you’ve just made, nor does it tell you how to make each kind of hand. This can be a pretty rough experience for newcomers who are not only unfamiliar with this game but who know nothing of poker (or could at least use a quick refresher) as well.

If you know a thing or two about poker and really like solitaire games, Poker Swap Pro can be a lot of fun. Even if you don’t know anything about poker, it’s easy to learn the different hands while having a good time. Then you have OpenFeint achievements, scoreboards and more to make this simple game a great challenge for yourself, or between friends.

UNO Review

UNO Review

Jul 15, 2011

The wildly popular card game UNO has made its way to a number of digital platforms over the past few years, and recently, the Android OS has been added to the lengthy list of platforms supporting it. Does the classic card game work well on the Android platform, or should you hand it the skip card? Read on to find out.

If you’ve made it to the point in your life where you own an Android device, but you’re unfamiliar with the classic card game UNO, it’s time to sit down and seriously evaluate the direction your life has taken, but we’ll go over the rules real quick just to be on the safe side. Each game of UNO starts with a card face up on the table, and the first player has to throw down a card of the same color, or number. Each player repeats this process until someone gets down to one card, at which point they have to shout “UNO”. If they don’t call it, any other player can challenge their UNO, and force them to draw two more cards.

Special cards can be thrown down to spice things up. Any card thrown down will affect the next player in rotation. So, if a player throws down a draw two card, the next player will have to take two more cards into their hand.

So, now that the three of you who just emerged from the cave you’ve been living in all your life (thanks for visiting this site before doing anything else by the way) know how to play UNO, let’s address the real question here – does it work well on the Android platform? For the most part, the answer is “yes”. To play a card, you just have to tap it, then drag it to the pile in the center of the virtual table. If you need to challenge someone else’s UNO, just tap the challenge button that pops up before it goes away.

If you’re just looking to squeeze in a few single player games of UNO when you have some free time, you won’t do much better than UNO for Android. If you’re looking to play UNO with your friends, you’re better off picking up a deck of UNO cards instead of dropping three bucks on this app. There’s no online multiplayer, and the local multiplayer has you passing your phone around the room to each player.

UNO is a lot of fun, but the lack of online multiplayer is kind of a bummer. Still, if you want to squeeze in a quick game of UNO while you’re waiting in line at the grocery store, this app is the way to go.