Developer: Dikobraz GamesFun, But Where’d The Story Go?
BASED ON DEMO
This is an interesting mix of genres, having several HOPs and other puzzles (so far, they have been easy, spin the tile and sliders), as well as two styles of solitaire. It was certainly very appealing to me when I saw it as one of the top games of 2013, and I’m surprised that I had somehow missed it. It doesn’t live quite up to expectations though.
I loved the idea of “SOLPA”, solitaire puzzle adventure, but that implies a story to hold all the action together. Unfortunately, we don’t seem to get much of that. We are thrown straight into a solitaire game the second we press play. The notebook records almost nothing, and really, what else can it do? We receive very little input about the game other than instructions if required. We move about from one place to another on the map, with no warning, explanation or reason.
The gameplay itself is quite addictive. The two types of solitaire (standard match-one-up-down, plus one where we must find pairs) are fun and varied enough by the large number of layouts offered. In some ways the game is pretty basic. There are no fancy powerups or other gimmicks normally found in these sorts of games, no points, no achievements. Just the special locked and unlocking cards. But I found this much more soothing to play, and easy to lose myself in.
The HOPs also come in two types – word list, and “place the related item”. There have been a couple of slider games, one very easy, the next one not so much. Also one quite nifty spin the tile game.
I guess I should mention that the graphics are clear and the backgrounds interesting. It opens in widescreen, but looks a lot better without the adjustment, even though that means black bars. The card backs are not much, and there is no option to swap them. But the game looks nice. Sounds good too, with cheerful melodies that, at times, could have been a little quieter. Still, there are options.
There are 96 (4 suits x 24) levels, and I made it to 15 before the demo time ran out – on that basis, there would appear to be 8 hours worth of play in this game!
Apart from the confusion caused by not knowing what the story was, this is an excellent game, an old fashioned solitaire game, mixed with various puzzles to provide a 'richer gaming experience'. *grin* I Recommend This Game!