What would you do for a Klondike game? Well I spent $600.00 to get a good game of Solitaire (Klondike), nearly three years ago when I bought my FIRST iPhone. And I was very disappointed because there was NO solitaire or Klondike game ON the original iPhone. 

The very FIRST “App” I bought for my iPhone, when Steve and the gang decided added Apps would be allowed, was this very game – Solitaire, by Mobiltyware and I’ve been happy with it ever since.

Solitaire has been my electronic game of choice since my very first PSION, through various Palms, my several iPods and now on my FOURTH iPhone (I do love the gadgets). I call the game “Brain Push Ups”. I have even created a strategy for playing that allows me to rise well above the fifty percentile average that most post.

And why THIS brand of the venerable card stacking, time killing, score keeping game of ancient royalty? Because the people who produce and publish (to bring to the public) this one, the Mobiltyware nerds, are serious about solitaire. And they obviously love to tinker with the code. Continually releasing FREE updates (now up to 1.1.1) with all sorts of subtle sundries. You can expand or contract the stacks if they get too crowded with a click on the “row”. The lower “info” bar disappears by tapping the “table” with another tap returning same.

In my years of attempting to formulate a strategy for Klondike – the version of Solitaire that is the most commonly recognized – I have yet to find fault with Mobiltyware’s output. My rules are simple -

1. Remember to always build on the Aces, it’s not about getting cards off the deck, rather off the field.

2. Never bring a deck card to the field lower than a FIVE (unless it offers immediate benefit).

3. When given identical choices for moving from one stack to another, always pull from the longest field stack.

4. Always play ONE CARD from the deck to the field at a time (not three).

5. Play the deck as many times as you need to either win or declare a stalemate (loose).

6. Attempt to never UNDO a move (even though Mobiltyware kindly permits this option).

7. Place the Aces in the order in which they appear – let fate arrange their pattern (a silly rule).

8. Break any of the other seven rules in order to win.

By the way, I’ve named the way Aces form their three patterns – Solitaire is Red Red Black Black. Teeth is Red Black Black Red (or Black Red Red Black). Piano is Red Black Red Black (or Black Red Black Red). This is only my way of reducing tedium if I’ve found myself waiting for long periods with little to do but bang out some Solitaire.

This is a solid 4.5 Game. It is a truly versatile implementation of very basic game. You can keep score if you like and there is even a timer to satisfy those “A” types. 

The playing field is FULLY customizable. The cards offer a variety of patterns and you can even use a picture from your photo library to adorn the backs. 

While this version is a whopping $0.99 there is a FREE edition that will pester you with commercial data. I like avoiding distractions while concentrating on my self imposed rules, so for a penny less that a buck, it’s well worth the money.

The game suspends when you “QUIT” (multitasking since 2008). I find it enjoyable and relaxing. Easy to use and just as easy to stop and return when required. Oh, yes, you can also have music playing while exercising the old grey matter with Mobiltyware’s Solitaire.