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3D Solitaire (3DS eShop)

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3D Solitaire Review

Europe PAL Version

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

The title says it all

Nintendo’s digital stores have given us plenty of titles based on old-fashioned games of cards, for those who no longer play with real decks or other people. The thing about solitaire, or course, is that it’s a card game for just one player, and anyone’s who owned a Windows PC in the last 15 years is likely to have played it for free at some point. Now it’s possible to partake of this particular game on 3DS with some snazzy stereoscopic visuals, courtesy of 3D Solitaire from Zen Studios.

This title is available at a budget price, and it’s immediately apparent why that is the case. We’ll get to the minor pieces of filler content, but at its core this is a simple, bare-bones game of Solitaire. You have the option to play either Klondike 1 or Klondike 3, with the number representing how many cards are drawn at once: the former is ideal for an easier game. You probably know the rest.

It’s a reasonable distraction, as anyone who’s dabbled with it on another platform may agree, and Zen Studios has embellished it with a few touches in an effort to make it worth a purchase. The 3D aspect comes from the background displayed on the top screen, with one immediately available and two more, plus the ability to use one of your own photos, available as unlockables. They’re easy on the eye and actually show off some impressive depth, adding a much needed touch of style. Unlocking them is really about accumulating points in a successful round, so accessing them all will take a bit of skill and speed.

There are two control options on offer, one allowing you to drag and drop cards on the touch screen; this relegates the 3D screen to irrelevance. In truth the touch controls seemed a tad sloppy, with the occasional moment where our inputs weren’t being picked up right away: it’s only a minor issue, but it’s there. The other option is to have the game on the top screen and use the D-Pad or Circle Pad to manoeuvre a hand to pick up cards. We preferred this option as the controls were responsive and precise, even though it takes longer to move a virtual hand than to tap and drag the stylus, and this also meant the cards and subtle animations were positioned over the 3D background. It’s a simple preference, but it was easily the more aesthetically pleasing option.

Conclusion

In the case of 3D Solitaire, the title really does say it all. It’s the well-known single player card game with some minor embellishments and pretty 3D backgrounds. Apart from the occasional input issue with the stylus control option, it serves its purpose with a touch of style but no substantial creativity or reimagining of solitaire. If you like this particular game and absolutely have to play it on your 3DS, then this will do the trick.

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User Comments (18)

BenAV

#1

BenAV said:

Well, the score was higher than I expected considering it's just solitaire.
I was curious when I first heard this was being made by Zen Studios, because Zen Pinball is awesome.But after watching the trailer, I could see that it was clearly nothing more than your standard solitaire game with unnecessary 3D layers chucked in.
Not a bad thing, but not something I'm going to pay $4.50 to get.

daznsaz

#3

daznsaz said:

still getting it next time i top up.cant miss for that price,will be a good time killer.

candymonster

#6

candymonster said:

i dont get it. this is a really really bad game. the worst solitaire ever. there are packs of card games with much better value than that in eshop/dsiware

Luigi_is_better

#8

Luigi_is_better said:

I love Zen Pinball, but I'll definetly pass on this one. The best version of solitaire on a DS is 24/7 Solitaire I think. 24 variations of the card game and 7 of the peg type. Great deal.

NTELLIGENTMAN

#10

NTELLIGENTMAN said:

Clubhouse Games and that one 50-in-1 cart from Ubisoft gives me all the classic games I'll ever need.

tovare

#11

tovare said:

IMHO I think the score is a bit high, I think the touch controls should have be punished harder, in fact with some play-testing and tuning of a few hit-margins they could have made the game much more playable. If this had been an iPad game it probably is the right score due to eye-candy, but as a nintendo 3DS game, playability needs to carry more weight .

BulbasaurusRex

#13

BulbasaurusRex said:

I can play it for free on my computer. Why would I pay money just to get a portable version with 3D backgrounds but with worse controls?

Dodger

#14

Dodger said:

I would rather see 3D mojang. The 3D could actually help you there. Whenever I play it, I have trouble telling which ones are on top and which ones aren't after I've broken all the top layer ones.

I'll probably skip this. I don't like solitaire much.

geckofreak

#15

geckofreak said:

Instead of wasting time creating pointless 3D backgrounds wouldn't it have been easier to just include more options for different styles of solitaire? I actually got this because I thought it would be boring and would put me to sleep... not so boring I can barely be bothered playing it.
I guess 6 is a decent score since it doesn't actually purport to do much anyway but maybe a point or 2 lower might have been justified because if it doesn't do much then it should do what it should do well!

LeasTwanteD

#17

LeasTwanteD said:

Was interested in this but i somehow hoped there would have been more to the achievements than to unlock backgrounds. If it were 2€ max i might have gotten it.

WaxxyOne

#18

WaxxyOne said:

I would have expected a 3DS Solitaire title to contain more than one game mode with two very minor variations. I can get a much better game for a little more on my basic cellphone, and one that includes at least 10 different versions of Solitaire. This seems like a complete waste of time to me. I would have given it 3-4 stars at most.

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