Microsoft’s Solitaire feels like a part of the history of Windows. Many of us have memories of playing it to waste time, and it’s been around for over 25 years. Today, finally, Microsoft has decided to open it up to other platforms.
Unfortunately, it’s not the old style game we all know and love, but a branch of Microsoft’s ‘Solitaire Collection’. The download is entirely free, as long as you can stomach a few advertisements. If not, Microsoft is offering premium membership, which removes ads, doubles coins, and gives other boosts.
Xbox Live Integration
In a somewhat strange move, the game also syncs up with Xbox Live. Solitaire has always been quite a solitary game, but now you can earn achievements, compete with friends, and sync cloud data across devices.
The game has five different modes, which we’ve listed for you below:
- “Klondike: Timeless & Classic Solitaire. Clear all the cards from the table using one or three-card draw. Also try out Traditional or Vegas scoring!
- Spider: Eight columns of cards await you. Clear them all with fewest moves possible.
Play single suit or challenge yourself with four suits!
- Freecell: Be strategic and use the four extra cells to move cards around and try to clear all cards from the table. FreeCell rewards players who think several moves ahead.
- Tripeaks: Select cards in a sequence, earn combo points, and clear as many boards as you can before you run out of deals!
- Pyramid: Combine two cards that add up to 13 to remove them from the board. Challenge yourself to reach the top of the Pyramid and clear as many boards as you can!”
Users can complete daily challenges in each of these modes every day, across multiple levels of difficulty. For this, you receive coins which you can buy different themes with, though those are “coming soon.”
From my limited usage, the app seems good enough. The interface feels a little dated, but actual gameplay is smooth and I had no problem moving cards on a phone screen. Some users have had issues signing into Xbox Live, but everything was fine on my end.
If you’re interested, now is probably the best time to give it a go. Microsoft is currently offering free premium membership for a month, so you’ll be able to play without a load of ads getting in the way.