Reviewed October 2003 by Tony Peak
Even though I've never been more of a casual
player of Solitaire, PDAmill's GameBox Solitaire hooked me
from the first hand dealt. Its simple interface, professional
graphics, and incredible soundtracks really pulled me into
the game and kept me playing. I found myself interested in
learning to play all 10 varieties offered, something I can’t
say any other solitaire game to date has made me want to
GameBox Solitaire provides 10 games, offering
a little something for everyone. While other solitaire packages
may offer more games, GameBox focuses on quality over quantity.
The 10 games included are favorites of many including Blind
Alleys, Canfield, Chinese, East Haven, Fourteen Out, Freecell,
Golf, Klondike (classic Solitaire), Pyramid, and Pyramid
golf. All the features you would expect unlimited undos,
replays, and automatically saved games are accounted for,
as well as simple statistics tracking.
Where GameBox Solitaire really excels however,
is presentation. The graphics are top notch and feature eye
pleasing effects like drop shadows, card animation and cards
that sway realistically with the movement of the stylus.
From the opening deal to the winning animation, the title
screen to the credits, it all looks absolutely great. It
may sound like small details, but it’s these very details
that turn a good game into a great game.
Equally enjoyable is the game's sounds
and music. The beat is both relaxing and engaging, and makes
it easy pass the time. The game’s features list it
as ‘three soundtracks totally over 15 minutes’… I
can’t say I’ve ever counted, but the music is
certainly very pleasing to the ear. It loops nicely and blends
very seamlessly. It’s certainly a nice touch that enhances
the quality of the title and helps to break any feeling of
Really the only fault I have with the game is its simple one page game
descriptions. While this gives you all the needed info to pick up and
play in a very short amount of time, a more in depth in game guide would
have been highly appreciated. Let’s face it… if you’re
playing Solitaire you probably don’t have a lot else going on at
the moment. A strategy and more in depth history section would have provided
some nice light reading. Some of the rules are vague and could be covered
Even so, casual players such as myself
will have no problem picking up and enjoying this game for
one deal or ten. Experienced players should find nothing
to dislike, though this isn’t exactly going to expand
your game. The quality that PDAmill is known for is here
in full force, and delivers ten outstanding games of Solitaire.
Playing Hints and Tips
New players may wish to start with
easier games to get the hang of things. I personally found
Pyramid to be the easiest to pick up, and very addicting.
Canfield is also simple and fun, and easy to win if you
pay attention to the cards.