A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
If gamers don't know much about how solitaire is played, they might be a little confused at first -- and they don't get much information about how point amounts are awarded. The app explains the basic rules, though, and how special cards work when they initially become available in rounds. Additional playing information is available on the developer's website.
Products & Purchases
Players can buy packages of tokens for $1.99-$29.99, but they may be able to earn enough while playing to keep going.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fairway Solitaire Blastis a card game for iOS and Android devices. Players don't need to have already played solitaire to use -- they'll see a rundown of the basic instructions, but having some experience with the game could be helpful. The app unfortunately doesn’t really explain what amount of points will be given for various actions, which could help players decide which card would be better to use next. The playing experience is fairly smooth up until about level seven; at that point, gamers may find it's tough to move forward without repeating rounds. There's no inappropriate content to be found in the game.
Is It Any Good?
This solitaire game is surprisingly fun and amusing, even if there's a significant challenge waiting for players in their cards. The golf theme of Fairway Solitaire Blast is somewhat random, because holes on a course are essentially just used as a map to show progress completing rounds. The card game doesn't have much else to do with golf -- it centers on players stacking cards in ascending or descending order. They'll likely breeze through the early rounds of this card game fairly fast, although around round six or seven, things get more difficult. Players start out with more cards on the board and may be asked to aim for multiple goals, such as using six cards in a row without drawing one from the deck and scoring at least 31,000 points, in addition to using all the cards on the board. They'll get special cards along the way occasionally that can help. Some will clear entire rows, while others let you remove a card to free up ones behind it, or shuffle the cards to potentially reveal ones that haven't been turned over yet.
Even with the special cards, players may have a hard time finishing the challenges in each round. They can repeat a round, provided they have enough lives, which replenish over time, indicated by the number of hearts on the screen. Similarly, if they want to use a special card but haven't received one, they can pay tokens, which they earn each round, to purchase them. Even with the amount of points you can amass by playing, players should be able to periodically purchase cards and not worry about running out of money. The game doesn't seem to require you to make in-app purchases to keep playing -- which is a nice change from apps that strand you with time limits or so little currency you can't get far without buying more. Kids may need to repeat a round every now and then, but they won't be penalized for it -- and it may help them sharpen their skills so they're primed to perform well in future levels.
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