Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) has ventured into card games with the recent release of Solitaire. Solitaire is a great game to play if you’re bored at work (that is, if your boss doesn’t block it from your computers) or have time to kill.
The Kindle and Kindle DX version of Solitaire lets you get by the boss’s computer restrictions, and it also adds portability to the well loved game. Actually, I should say games. The Kindle edition comes with twelve different games to choose from: Klondike, yramid, Yukon, Golf, Freecell, Wasp, Peaks, Canfield, Spiderette, Eliminator, Easthaven, and Baker’s Dozen.
Brief Overview of a Few of the Games…
Klondike is the most familiar and well known version of Solitaire. The goal is to build piles, or foundations of each suit. The foundations begin with an ace and end with a king. In the mean time, you create piles of descending numbers starting with the king and ending with a two. The goal is to get to the point where you can move the cards from the descending piles to the foundation piles.
Freecell is another form of Solitaire, and the good part about it is that you can play it over and over and still get a challenge. The goal is to build foundation piles by suit, just like with the Klondike version. Throughout the game, you can move the piles around and start new piles. So it provides a little more card flexibility than Klondike.
Baker’s Dozen is set up by creating thirteen columns of four cards. The game got its name because thirteen is considered the baker’s dozen. The object of the game is the same as Klondike and Freecell. In order to start the foundations, you must free the aces from the piles and add them to the foundation piles. The columns or tableaux can be added to in descending order regardless of suit until the ace is found.
The Kindle’s keyboard makes moving the cards around really easy with shortcuts and the 5-way toggle button. The Kindle is not a color e-reader so you will need to know which suits are red and which are black to create the descending piles of alternating colors. The crisp e-ink display makes it easy to see the cards and their contents. Despite the lack of color, Solitaire has been a real hit with reviewers.
Describing the games in writing might come off as a bit dry and hard to understand without seeing the games themselves. I think, in order to understand the Solitaire games and how to do well in them, you have to actually play them. Trust me, they are a lot of fun!