Hands-on Preview: Solitaire Blitz
While at the EA Spotlight event in NYC on Tuesday night, Alexa and I both got the chance to try out Pop Cap’s newest Facebook game, Solitaire Blitz. First off, let me preface this by saying that I don’t play Facebook games. Or, well, I didn’t. Despite the fact I think they’re a huge time-waster, especially considering the quality of some of the available games, Solitaire Blitz is addicting.
Let me start by saying that this is not your normal solitaire game. You don’t have to drag cards on top of ordered piles, or waste time putting them in piles by suit. That’s definitely a good thing, considering you’re only ever guaranteed a minute on the clock to try and clear out the cards. Solitaire Blitz plays “golf-style” solitaire; you have piles on the top part of the screen, on which you can put cards either one higher or one lower than the current value, just by clicking the card face-up on the bottom piles.
It’s a game that’s easy to learn but can be hard to master, especially when you’re playing under a small time limit. Pop Cap helps you though. You earn pieces of silver as you play that can be used to “buy” power-ups like extra time or a bigger multiplyer.
Solitaire Blitz is also really freaking cute. It’s been designed with a nautical theme, and it’s very cartoonish but well-done and fun to look at. You find “treasure” like sea shells and other objects as you play, which translate into the silver I mentioned earlier.
The spirit of competition is also well executed, as it allows you to compare scores and compete with your friends. Alexa and I played side-by side and so were heckling each other the entire time. (Did you know she’s easily distracted? I do now, and you can bet I will be using that to my advantage.) Granted, at the EA event everyone there was competing to win a Kindle Fire from Pop Cap — which I lost in the last half-hour of the contest — but I know how easily my friends and I turn competitive over silly things and setting your own rewards can be fun too.
To sum up, Solitaire Blitz is fantastic, and once it leaves its current closed beta stage you should give it a try. As long as you don’t mind chaining yourself to your computer for the next three years.