Here’s a mind-blowing fact for you: there are around ten times as many Solitaire variants as there are playing cards in a standard deck.
Don’t worry, your math is right. There really are over 500 solitaire games, and you can play every single one with Solitaired, a new game/teaching platform from “serial entrepreneurs” Darshan Somashekar and Neal Taparia.
Released last October, Solitaired makes ingenious use of the wasted space on the back of every playing card to highlight important historical, cultural, and political figures.
For instance, it recently celebrated 100 years of women’s suffrage by joining forces with Encyclopedia Britannica to put 52 leading suffragists in the spotlight. In another initiative, it partnered with MIT’s Lemelson program to highlight 52 of the world’s greatest inventors.
Other partnerships have seen Solitaired celebrating civil rights leaders, heroes of space flight, and other incredible examples of human progress and accomplishment.
Of course, it’s important to give some credit to the graphic designers who created the distinctive patterns that grace the classiest real-world playing cards. Celebrated designs such as the Parrot deck and the Jones Playing Card decks are available too, for those traditionalists among you who just want cards to look like cards.
Solitaired is a great learning tool, but it’s also simply a great Solitaire game, with an absolutely compendious range of variants to try like Spider Solitaire and FreeCell. Gone are the days of Microsoft’s pay selection.
Not only does Solitaired let you explore the worlds of culture and history, but it also lets you explore the universe of Solitaire in search of that perfect example of card-sorting game design.
It comes with stats, too, plus leaderboards to climb, records to smash, Games of the Day to take on, and more.
You can download Solitaired for free right now on the Google Play Store, the Microsoft Store, and the Amazon Appstore. There’s also an iOS version in the pipeline.
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