Solitaire Royale is a game for a single player based on the popular card game solitaire, aptly titled because it is made for a single player to play. It was programmed by Publishing International, and released by Spectrum Holobyte Incorporated in the late eighties. The entire game is played from a top down perspective, and the graphics are all of two-dimensional card faces.
Solitaire Royale features eight different versions of popular Solitaire card games. Solitaire, which now comes standard on most new computer software installments, is by far the single most played computer game in the world, and is even given to new computer users to teach them the basics of running a mouse. It is a game with great historical significance in modern culture.
The eight games available on the Solitaire Royale gaming download include: Klondike, Calculation, Canfield, Pyramid, Golf, Corners, Reno, and Three Shuffles and a Draw. The user can also elect to play what is comparable to a campaign in a non-card strategy game, and play Aunt Anne’s Tour, which will let the user play all eight games in a row. The point of Aunt Anne’s Tour is to do as well as possible in each of the eight available games, and accrue the highest score possible. Along with the eight versions of Solitaire, the game also features some children games based on cards, such as Concentration, which is basically a memory matching game using face-down cards in rows.
Solitaire Royale features 16 color EGA graphics and is completely mouse driven, making the user interface very friendly and easy to master. Users can easily navigate between the available games by utilizing the tool bar at the top of the screen. Rules for each of the games are also available through an easily accessed menu, which is handy since a couple of the games are somewhat obscure. There are ten different choices in deck art, for the users who are fussy about that or get bored looking at the same card backs. The artwork ranges from classic to colorful.
In summary, according to its creator, Solitaire Royale was programmed with the sole purpose of becoming addictive, and it has achieved this goal hands down. With so many options available, as well as the “campaign” tour, Solitaire Royale has a great replay value. Because the users are only playing against themselves, Solitaire Royale is a simple and popular time waster, and a mentally challenging strategy game of cards. One can never go wrong with solitaire. I highly recommend downloading it! You won’t be disappointed!
Written by: ~dorento1