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iPhone Game Review: Solitaire: Deck of Cods
      11/14/09 05:11 PM

iPhone Game Review: Solitaire: Deck of Cods
Reviewed by Leah Jennings

Deck of Cods is a game that combines fishing and solitaire. You're probably thinking, "For real? Fish and cards?", but it's actually a very enjoyable and addictive game.

The solitaire game is actually classic pyramid. Pyramid solitaire is where you deal cards in stacks on the table, and only the top card is face up. You then have a draw pile, and one Active card to start the game. The Active card is face up, and you can choose a card that is one higher or lower in rank of the Active card. Your goal is to clear the table of all the cards. This pyramid solitaire, however, is generally the same except it?s got a few spins put on it. Your goal is not to clear the board of cards, just meet the goal on each level. On every level you have a goal that you must meet, like catching a fish 5 inch long or catching at least 3 fish. As you remove cards from the playing field, the more cards you remove before drawing a new one the longer your fish will be. When you draw a new card, that?s when you catch the fish. The level is over when the draw pile is empty and you have no more moves.

There are 3 different help cards you can obtain while playing: Lures, Fish Finder, and Feeding Frenzy. Lures are cards that have different face values, and can be used at any time without breaking your chain of removing cards. When you use a lure, the face value on that card will be your new Active card. The Fish Finder is automatically used when uncovered, and will turn over all the cards that are face down. Feeding Frenzy can be used whenever you like and will scramble all the cards on the playing field. You can keep as many Lures and Feeding Frenzies you like, and can be used at any time. Once your goal is complete, you can keep on removing cards until the draw pile is exhausted and then you?ll move on to the next level.

The graphics are cute animated images, with the background being mostly different water scenes. Very clean graphics, which fit the game very well. The music is definitely country folk music with a lot of banjo. It can be turned off and replaced with your own music if you?d like. The sound effects are pretty much just a water splashing noise. The volume of both the music and the sound effects can be adjusted or completely muted.

Deck of Cods surprised me. I didn?t expect it to be so addictive or this much fun. It is challenging yet simple, and combines a classic solitaire game with fun extras. There are 50 levels, with increasing difficulty as you complete each one. Great game for winding down at the end of the day, or even if you?re a novice gamer looking for a challenge.

Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):

Graphics: -4- Very simple, fits the game very well.
Sound: -3- Music is simple country folk, gets old after awhile. iPod can be used.
Controls: -4- Easy and simple, very consistent.
Gameplay: -4- A fun twist on a classic solitaire game. Very addictive!!

Playing Hints and Tips:

-When your goal is a fish with a certain length, focus on the length and use your lures if you have to.

-When your goal is a certain number of fish, don?t worry about size. All fish have to be at least 3 inches to count so just make sure you get at least the amount specified.

-When your goal is a fish with a certain length and a certain number of fish, get the fish with length out of the way first then focus on getting your numbers.

-If you?ve completed your goal, don?t use many lures to clear the board; you don?t have to clear the board, you just have to meet your goal.

App Facts:
Developer: Namco Networks America
Release Date: Oct 8, 2009
Price: $0.99
Buy App: iTunes App Store

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