Review: 2-in-1 Solitaire (DSiWare)

Like a deck of cards, only smaller...

As you'd expect from a 200 point version of Solitaire, you're not exactly going to be blown away by all the options on offer here. You've got Spider and Klondike versions of the card game, and they both have two initial difficulty settings to choose from, so once you've made your selections on both screens you're on your way to Solitaire heaven.

Both games here are truly "no frills" versions, with no selectable card designs, backgrounds or even a range of music. In fact, there's no music at all, save for a short jingle that introduces the game, but then who would expect anything more from a game taking a measly two blocks?

The only option of any real significance is the pleasing addition of a save feature. At any point in a game you can tap Quit, and save your game to start again later. If you're in a real hurry, you don't even need to tap save before you exit - the game saves automatically, allowing you to hit the Power button and resume your game later on with the greatest of ease. This works on both games too, so you can switch between Spider and Klondike as you please.

The standard touch-screen controls function exactly as you'd expect, dragging the cards over their rightful places and tapping the stack to cycle through the available cards. You can even tap Start and the game will stack the next available card on its suited pile, saving you from the tedium of dragging cards onto the ascending piles at the game's end.

The top screen keeps track of how many games you've played, how long you've spent on the game that day and your winning percentage overall. It'll even update the game's icon on your DSi Menu to reflect how many wins you've got - either a good or bad option depending on how well you play!

Conclusion

There's nothing wrong with either representation of these popular card games, but there's not really much outstanding about them either. For a measly two blocks and 200 points they're about as basic as they come, and you're unlikely to regret buying them if you do take the plunge, but all the same it's hard to recommend such simplistic versions of the game.

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