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Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Solitaire City, Aug 14, 2008.
Here is a list of new features and bug fixes:
Liking the landscape mode a lot. My times are quicker on it too, but I still can't beat my girlfriends time.....
I really think this Solitaire game is heads and shoulders above the other Solitaire titles, and this fixed my only quibble...so well done!
(I'm on the PocketPC Magazine Board of Experts, so I've seen a LOT of Solitaire apps over the years.)
Now I wish I didn't buy all the other Solitaire applications and just bought this one first and stuck with it (bought almost every other Solitaire application in App Store).
Thanks for the great comments ! Just out of interest, what made you buy the other solitaire games first and does anyone have any suggestions on what I should do to encourage people to buy Solitaire City first and not waste their money on other solitaire games hehe ? Better screenshots, better description, free demo version ? I guess the price makes people think twice but most people who've played Solitaire City think it's great value for money because they end up playing it so much. It's half the price of my desktop and Windows Mobile versions too. Thanks !
there are free ones
But I got the free solitaire game called Sol Free which is great and I don't why people would pay for such a basic game. I don't mean to insult you but isn't it a better idea to come up with something original and charge for it? just asking..
Well, price was definitely the first factor for me. I also wanted a Solitaire in landscape mode.
Solitaire Top 3 was my first choice since I only knew how to play Klondike and Spider (and the icon was decent as well as I figured the name would simply be "Solitaire" on the home screen). After seeing how it looked in portrait, I didn't really like it.
mondo was my next purchase (not my first due to the reviews of lagginess) because of the aesthetics. It just seemed like $10 for the all the little details like the magnifying glass and the paperclip (found out I didn't really like either) I read a review saying the sluggishness wasn't that much. Turns out I was wrong.
Platinum Solitaire was nice, but it was a bit slow (not in animation, just picking up the cards).
Solitaire Forever I played on the Mac and it was kind of okay (not good to keep all the animations and stuff on a small screen though) and I found portrait mode impossible to play with due to the fact that they angle the stage.
I think the two things that made me not buy Solitaire City was the only portrait mode, the fact that mondo looks a lot better which was the standard for the $9.99 price, and the icon. The background also made me stop (I thought there was a set background for every game and the sunset screenshot looked kind of ugly) It definitely runs amazingly smooth and it definitely looks the best. Wish that I bought it first and stuck with it. I guess I assumed that landscape wasn't coming. But the stats and the wide variety of games is definitely a plus.
I bought Solebon after Solitaire City because of the icon (until I found out Solebon is tap only).
Of course being a programmer doesn't mean a good graphics artist, but I'd definitely be set once the icon looks simple and appealing (it's just me. I'm a graphics artist and I like things to look nice )
As for other people, I believe it's mainly because of the price. With Solitaire Top 3 actually looking nice in landscape and with most people only knowing Klondike, Freecell, and Spider, most people go for that first.
But after using the surprise setting in mondo, I found that I've come to like a lot of variations (then would go to Solitaire City to find that they're there and play them ) I guess there's not much you need to update. Everything's pretty much perfect in Solitaire City. Maybe more games but that's about it.
It really depends on what you want. If you want a vanilla solitaire app, the free ones are fine. If you want lots of rule variations and detailed tutorials for lots of different solitaire games, Solitaire City is the way to go. I wanted the latter, and Solitaire City has given me a polished game with tons of value for the small amount of money.