July 26, 2003
Kickoo Creations has just released a new card game called Patience. The program features eight different solitaire games, ranging from typical to obscure. The game also sports pleasing graphics and a fair amount of customization.
Patience includes eight unique solitaire games into one package for the low price of $8. The games include such basics asKlondike, Fifteens,Yukon, and FreeCell. In addition to those, there are also the lesser known games of Golf, Scorpion, The Wish, and La Belle Lucie. Every variant features unique game play, in addition to a detailed set of instructions. Most players will know how to play typical games like FreeCell andKlondike, but the rules inherent in many of the alternatives leads to a new challenge for nearly everyone.
To be blunt, there isn't much you can do to decorate a set of cards, especially when limited to PDA screen resolutions. Despite the fact, the folks at Kickoo were able to create not only one interesting set of cards, but three! With three unique styles of cards to choose from, you're sure to find at least one to suit your tastes. Aesthetically, the layout is pleasing, and easily one of the prettiest card games, although this comes at the expense of visibility. The cards are small enough from the beginning, and in some games, when tall piles appeared I found myself squinting. Other than the cards, however, there is very little graphically to comment on. The background is pretty, and the menu design is well thought out, but the cards are still the primary focus of the game.
One of Patience's advantages over many card games is the amount of customization. No two people are the same, so why should they have to use the same settings? Some of the choices, for example the volume of the sound effects and animation, are fairly typical. On the other hand, it's nice to be able to choose fun little things like the color of the card backs or the design decorating the front of the card. The options menu also gives you the ability to choose the ergonomy (how many times you'd like to tap the screen) in addition to the use of foundations. Kickoo even included the ability to enable some minor variants in a couple of the games.
In any game, the little things may make the largest difference. As a result, Patience is one of the best card games I've seen to date. Some features, despite being unessential, have been added to enhance the overall quality of the game. This includes extended undo and redo buttons which enables you to work your way back tothe very beginning of the game. Of course, if you don't want to leave divots in your screen from hitting undo all of the way back to the beginning of a game, you can save time by hitting the restart button. One nice aspect to the undo button is the fact it will save your moves, even if you exit the game. You cannot, however, begin one game and switch to another game – if you switch variants your game will be considered lost.
Patience also keeps track of your statistics and includes a nice internet high score board (for registered users only). The scores can be submitted online with a code generated by your device, with independent codes for each type of solitaire. The game also includes a hint feature, for those tricky moves, in addition to end-of-game detection. There are also countless other minor features included in the game to give this game a polished look. Amazingly, the entire program fits into just over 360k.
Patience is a great little card program, and with eight different games you're sure to find at least one you'll like. The graphics are easy on the eyes, and you can easily customize the program to fit your preferences. Even the minor details have been taken into account in order to create a well balanced program. And, for only $8, the game is an amazing value and a purchase that would be difficult to regret.
RATING: 9.8 / 10
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