Sage Solitaire Review

Sage Solitaire Review

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.ss3

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.

“Legends Tournament” Is Held In Casino League

“Legends Tournament” Is Held In Casino League

Oct 11, 2013

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Konami has announced a very special event for the release of its Casino League, a mobile casino game. Legends Tournament is an actual poker tournament with prizes and poker stars attending. The tournament has started as of October 10th, and is probably going to be the first time an event of this scale is tied to a mobile launch. The game itself can be downloaded for free from here: Casino League on Google Play.

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.