By: Charlotte Heldebrecht, staff writer
Published and Created by: Big Fish Games
Rated for 4+
Released for: PC/MAC: Dec. 2007, iPhone/iPad/Android/Windows 8/Kindle: Mar. 2012
Reviewed on iPhone.
Fairway Solitaire is a very addicting card game inspired by Caddyshack. The first “course” of the app is a tutorial, and has cartoons describing the schemes of a devious gopher named McDivot. After I learned how to play the game, I found myself immersed for a couple of hours. During play, there are humorous commentators that spout silly anecdotes and describe what would be going on as if you’re playing golf. There are plenty of little power-ups, obstacles, wild cards and coins to be had, to make your experience better; or sometimes worse.
This is a game that the whole family will love, and possibly cause fighting over your device to play it! I, personally, have to take turns with my husband now, it’s a lot of fun.
Family Gaming Assessment:
The commentators do have funny jokes, and occasionally pretend to censor themselves from saying “TV inappropriate” phrases. It can be a little crude, so you might want to mute it around younger players who like to repeat things.
The game plays like a cross between Mah-Jong and Solitaire. You deal cards off of the top of your deck to make cards on the playing field vanish. You do all of this while avoiding running out of cards in your deck before you clear the board. It can be challenging once you start gaining levels. Young children may become disheartened at some point, or maybe need some help. Older children and adults should enjoy the challenge.
I would be careful though, there are a few options available where your child could spend real money on power-ups, and cost you a pretty penny if you’re not careful.
If your family loves card games, then I can’t recommend this game more. Fairway Solitaire is a free download, so there really isn’t much to lose. There is a lot of content to unlock so you’ll be getting a game that will last a good while, and even if your children get bored with it, you sure won’t!