iPhone Game Review: Solitaire Siege
Reviewed by Leah Jennings
Solitaire Siege puts a spin on the classic pyramid solitaire. The essence of pyramid solitaire is really simple. On the board you have 3 pyramids with all the cards turned over except the top cards, and your goal is to clear the board by choosing a card one above or one below your card. If you can?t choose one, you have to draw a new card from the pile. Winning the game will take a combination of strategy, logic, and sometimes luck.
There are 3 different modes to choose from: Siege, Classic Pyramid, and Mini Game. Siege mode is the main focus of the game, in which you have to defeat the enemy forces. The cards are the enemies, with different ranks of enemy soldiers on the different ranking cards. To make it to the next level, defeat enough of your enemy so they will run away, but if you run out of cards the enemy will attack you. During the game, you?ll find some enemy cards can only be removed by special cards you gain during gameplay, i.e. the tree card can only be removed by the fire card. You also gain mercenary cards by creating long combos or wiping out the whole army. Mercenary cards are number cards that you can use when you can?t choose an enemy card, and these cards really help because they don?t count against your deck.
Classic Pyramid mode is simply put the classic pyramid solitaire game with no added bonuses or anything.
In Mini Game mode, your goal is to protect the convoy of cards from the falling hand grenade cards. To do this, you have to tap the grenade cards before they hit your convoy. This game mode could be fun, except that the touch controls are not very responsive nor consistent. If you tap the grenade card, sometimes it doesn?t remove it and sometimes it does.
The graphics went old school with 2D images, mostly forest and desert landscaping. The font used looks a lot like the first Mario titles. The enemies on the cards are animated characters in army greens. Really simple.
Music in Solitaire Siege is very limited. The menu music is a lot of horns and snare drums, reminds me of what you would hear in an army parade. During the game there is no music, just gunshot sounds when you remove a card. You can?t play your iPod music either.
Overall, I really enjoy playing this game. Very creative twist on a classic solitaire game. There is certainly room for improvements, so the updates will be important. If you like casual solitaire games, or solitaire games that have a story line, this is one game you?re sure to enjoy.
Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):
Graphics: -3.5- Simple, old school 2D graphics.
Sound: -2.5- Basic army type music, but no iPod which is a major downfall for gamers who listen to their own music while gaming.
Controls: -3- Easy to learn and understand, but inconsistent.
Gameplay: -4- It?s a fun solitaire game, which I could find myself playing quite often.
Playing Hints and Tips:
-Strategize your moves, and always choose the approach that will remove the most cards.
-Always double check to make sure you can?t remove any more cards, it?s very easy to miss them and as a result cost you the game.
Release Date: Aug. 6, 2009
Buy Game: iTunes App Store
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