Undersea Solitaire Tripeaks

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Interesting, all-ages puzzle variation on classic card game.

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Ease of Play

The game uses simple touch controls and is easy to learn.

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Messages between players are unmoderated, which can expose them to inappropriate content.

Consumerism

Players earn coins by playing or by purchasing packs of them, as well as boost cards, with real money. These coins are then used to undo a move, use a Joker card (which, obviously, is wild), or to keep playing when you run out of lives or turns.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Undersea Solitaire Tripeaks is a card game for iOS and Android devices. While player commentary is unmoderated, potentially exposing them to inappropriate comments, the game has no other inappropriate content. Players use coins to keep playing when they run out of turns or lives, to undo a move, or to get a Joker card (which is wild). These coins, as well as boost cards, are available for sale in the in-game store, though you can also earn them by winning. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In UNDERSEA SOLITAIRE TRIPEAKS, Alfred the Crab tells you how his hometown of Rocky Bottom was destroyed in a storm, and thus abandoned. He hopes you can help him rebuild so everyone will come back. To do this, you have to solve a series of Solitaire-like card puzzles, which will earn you the gems you need to rebuild the town square, Town Hall, and, suspiciously, Alfred's house.

Is it any good?

While serious Solitaire players won't like how this takes liberties with their favorite card game, those looking for a new take on an old favorite will appreciate its creative approach. In Undersea Solitaire Tripeaks, you help a crab rebuilt his hometown by solving a series of Solitaire-esque card puzzles. Unlike regular Solitaire, this has you removing cards that have been dealt in various patterns by tapping on one that's one point above or below the card on top of your deck, which makes it the top card. When you run out of options, you take the next card on the deck and make it the top card you have to match. You win when you've removed all of the cards that have been dealt, and lose if you run out cards in your deck.

Now, obviously, this approach is blasphemous for serious Solitaire players. But if you're not so serious, it can be a lot of fun. Especially since some of the cards in your deck are Joker cards, which are wild, so they can be whatever card you want them to be. Also, if you go on a hot streak, the game will reward you by adding a card to your deck. By solving these puzzles, you'll earn gems that you can use to buy new buildings and other nice things for the aforementioned crab. You even get to choose how these buildings will look...well, within reason (you always pick from three different designs). The only downside, in fact, is that the puzzles can be rather easy, which makes this somewhat redundant if you play for a long period of time. But in short bursts, Undersea Solitaire Tripeaks puts a fun and clever spin on a familiar card game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about spending money. In Undersea Solitaire Tripeaks, you can purchase gold coins with real money or you can just get them by playing, so why do you think someone would spend money on a free game? Does this seem like using your money wisely?

  • Why do you think people use profanity in chat during games? What do they gain by using that language?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: July 21, 2020
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 184.80 MB
  • Publisher: Palarium Global
  • Version: 1.18.1
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later; Requires Android 6.0 and up
  • Last updated: February 22, 2021

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