A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
The card game's premise is simple, yet still offers a challenge, and the other activities are pretty straightforward.
Products & Purchases
Currency packages and other items are offered. But with several ways to earn funds within the game, kids may not feel pressured to buy anything, even with the frequent ads that are shown.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Riddle Road: Solitaire is a card game for iOS and Android devices. should be a frustration-free experience for kids. The game offers them a chance to use logic and other skills, and the basic framework is easy to understand. They get some help in the app's card games -- if kids pass up a possible selection, the card will wiggle to alert them, and they can undo their last move for a fee. They're also given boosters periodically that offer various types of assistance, such as removing three of the cards at the start of the game. In-app currency is offered for purchase, but kids may not need anything extra. The game offers a number of ways to earn coins, which are needed to play the card games and to buy extra cards, if they run out before finding one to place on the card they've been given from the deck.
Is It Any Good?
While kids will see plugs to buy items, this app also offers several ways to play without them, and the card gameplay is engaging. Some puzzles kids will encounter in Riddle Road: Solitaire aren't really challenging enough to be very interesting. Those items tend to be sporadically doled out, though, so it ultimately shouldn't be too much of an issue. The solitaire card games are the main activity -- and can be addictive. Even though the game may seem easy at first, getting rid of as many cards as you can in each turn by selecting them in numerical order can be trickier than it sounds, particularly as the game progresses. The app introduces new elements to help and hinder you over time, such as a fan booster item to clear almost all the cards off the screen -- and an increased number of cards to make your way through.
Kids will start to see ads soon into the game, and some are sly. A wheel they're asked to click on, for instance, to win a prize is free for the first turn; but when it resets, the note that spinning it costs real-world money could be easily missed. Despite the subtle and not-so-subtle sales pitches, the app generally doesn't force your hand by increasing the difficulty level so quickly you completely deplete your earnings. That's possible to do eventually -- but kids will probably be able to play for awhile first. Each solitaire round costs money, but the game gives kids quite a few free ones as a bonus. Even if you have to spend some coins on extra cards because you ran out, other ways to get coins are built into the game. You can find them hidden in objects in scenes, and a purse periodically fills up with them every hour or so, giving you money to try again. Because the tasks after each game are fairly piecemeal, the storyline doesn't move very fast. But if kids get bored with the pace, they can just focus on the card element of Riddle Road: Solitaire -- and rack up stars to use later, whenever they want.
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