Developer: Pipe Fantasy
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★☆☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Lacking the finesse and style of other solitaire games, Solitaire & Wisdom won’t gain attention for its looks, remaining quite reminiscent of shareware games of old, but it will garner fans thanks to its satisfying gameplay.

Solitaire & Wisdom dispenses with in-app purchases, loose story lines and all that filler that few solitaire fans really care about. Instead, it offers a series of 165 levels of card playing, each a variant on the solitaire motif, ensuring things are always slightly different. Some of these variants can prove rather challenging, amongst other, more straight-forward fare. With no online leader boards or Game Center achievements, the sole satisfaction comes from progressing through them, and enjoying the ride. It’s simple stuff but works well.

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Lacking drag controls, Solitaire & Wisdom sticks to the more effective method of tapping on a card then tapping on where one would like to place it. When a run can be easily formed, the game takes over and does the job for the player, saving some of the more tedious work required in solitaire games. There’s no joker card, or even an undo button, meaning this is old school card playing, with no chance to correct a mistake. It makes a mostly fun change from the hand holding nature of titles such as Fairway Solitaire, although a brief tutorial would have been welcomed.

Is it for everyone? Not really. Solitaire & Wisdom does look pretty basic. It corrects that to some extent, with a series of proverbs and a mystical backdrop, but it doesn’t have the instant delight of more novice friendly games. For a card game fan, though, it’s fun, and for an inexpensive price, it offers a wealth of different challenges to work through.

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