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Fairway Solitaire Blast

App review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Challenging, fun game mixes golf with cards.

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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.

 

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Players can buy packages of tokens for $1.99-$29.99, but they may be able to earn enough while playing to keep going.

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What 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.

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What's it about?

Players choose cards from the board that precede or follow a card from the deck numerically in FAIRWAY SOLITAIRE BLAST. For example, they could place a two or a king on top of an ace; with a king, they could then use a queen or another ace. In addition to clearing all cards shown, they may need to meet a point or consecutive match goal. Some cards can't be used until one on top is played. Special cards help clear entire rows or offer other advantages. Completing challenges earns stars, and you advance to the next hole on a golf course.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about planning and using strategy. What real-life tasks could the same approach work for?

  • Can you think of an objective -- and some steps to reach it? Are there other ways to accomplish this, or is this the best idea?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: January 2, 2018
  • Category: Card Games
  • Size: 129.00 MB
  • Publisher: Big Fish Games
  • Version: 2.8.33
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 7.0 or later or Android 4.0 and up.
  • Last updated: December 17, 2019

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