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18th August 2010; By KnucklesSonic8
Right from the start, 24/7 Solitaire impresses with an unexpectedly-pleasing focus towards presentation. The top screen shows a nice setting of a polished kitchen, with everything you'd expect to be there, including the kitchen sink. As you peruse through the menus making a selection, the camera rotates around the room continuously, showcasing the room in its entirety. On the wooden table in the center of the room is a large brown book and a rotating stand. Both items represent two different gameplay modes that you can play.
Opening the large paperweight will unveil a total of 24 versions of Solitaire. All your favourites are included, such as Freecell and Spider, along with Golf which was featured in 5-in-1 Solitaire. But there's also a whole slew of games that are more obscure to casual players, such as Pyramid, and Thieves, among others. Having such a great amount of variety is just fantastic in a game like this, and it deserves the utmost praise.
Each page in the book represents a different card game, and they're all decorated with interesting floral designs and a realistic texture. You can scroll through the screens by pressing the L or R triggers on your DSi, to advance or go back pages. The top-middle has an Information box that can be accessed, debriefing you on how to play each of the 24 card games. There's also a hint function that allows up to 5 tries, along with Redo and Undo buttons. You even have the time displayed on the top screen, so you don't get too into things that you miss something important. It's everything you'd expect a quality collection to have. Well, except the fact that the music isn't anything to write home about, but that's only a minor complaint in the long run.
All the cards are sized well - not too small, but not too big either. Not only are they the right size, but feedback is always recognized, and you'll never run into problems with dragging and dropping or even identifying cards. If you so choose, you can opt to use the D-Pad to control a square cursor and use the A Button to confirm a selection. There's also an auto-movement feature that can speed up gameplay by double tapping or pressing the B Button. If you'd like to adjust the settings, perhaps to make things more challenging, you can adjust the preferences on the Pause Menu.
Each page lists your best stats for each game on the top screen, such as the time you've spent playing, your wins, and more. You'll never have to worry about losing your progress as you play, since everything is saved automatically. Players can easily switch games on the fly just by moving to a different page, and if you head back, your progress will still be there for you to continue on. The interface is very intuitive, and the entire setup is quite impressive.
The second gameplay mode 24/7 Solitaire offers is Peg Solitaire, presented by means of a rotating peg board. The idea of the game is to make strategic jumps a la Chinese Checkers so that you can eliminate as many pegs as possible. There are 7 different board designs that you can select, and each of them features multiple variations that you can attempt. To solve a puzzle perfectly and have the final peg land in the middle of the board is quite a task. But thankfully, you don't need to solve a puzzle to end the game. For people like me who are bad at puzzles like these, you'll definitely appreciate that you can work at your own pace and experiment with multiple combinations as you try to figure out the true solution.
24/7 Solitaire is a really attractive release. With an impressive amount of content for those who love card games, this is definitely a great buy. Cosmigo has left me more than satisfied with this collection, and I look forward to seeing more DSiWare releases from them in the future.
27/30 - Excellent
Gameplay 9/10 - Enforces the standard rules of Solitaire, adds customizable settings to tailor your experience, Undo/Redo and Hint functions
Presentation 9/10 - High quality look and feel, great sense of organization, issues never arise with feedback, music isn't anything noteworthy
Enjoyment 4/5 - If you enjoy your Solitaire, you'll definitely enjoy what this has to offer, casual players are sure to find something new to try
Extra Content 5/5 - Lots of variety in the different Solitaire games you can play, Peg Solitaire as an extra, great save feature, high-score focus, serious value
Equivalent to a score of 90% (percentage score is approximate and based solely on the previously stated rating)