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"A very clever twist on Solitaire." -Thief Steal Me a Peach
"Part of my daily mental exercise routine." -CoachDr.Scott
"A perfect mix of relaxing but also (at times very) challenging." -Sarebearstar
"If I had to pick only one game to keep on my phone, it would be this one." -WRS15743
Match Solitaire™ weaves the best of classic Solitaire and Match 3 into an original new card-stacking puzzler.
Stack cards up, down, or both ways to strategically uncover and collect 3-of-a-kind matches.
Master puzzles that start out easy but soon put your brain to the test.
Level up to unlock adorable animated characters!
Test your skills in the daily challenge!
Play for the jackpot in the weekly team event!
There's always a fresh new Match Solitaire puzzle to meet your skill level and mood.
Have you met your match?
• 25,000 levels
• 10+ million unique puzzles
• 40+ animated characters
• 7 difficulty levels
• Hint system
• Daily Challenge
• Weekly Team Event
• Every deal guaranteed winnable!
FROM THE DESIGNER
My goal in designing a new kind of Solitaire was to create something that feels fresh and exciting for classic Solitaire fans while staying true to the spirit of the game beloved by so many.
Match Solitaire is my attempt to achieve that goal, and I hope you'll be as delighted to play it as I am to share it with you.
NEW FEATURE: Link two devices using the new Settings, Link menu.
Ratings and Reviews
Best solitaire game by far
I have played so many other solitaire games, and ended up quitting them for one reason or another (too easy, bored, too hard, stuck, etc.). I still have a couple I like and have kept, but this one has already become my favorite, and it is now my go-to game. It’s endlessly replayable. If I had to pick only one game to keep on my phone, it would be this one. That’s how good it is.
There are tons of options and skill levels, so there’s something here for everyone. The art design is cool, and the app works smooth as butter, and hardly uses any battery. You can make IAPs, but you don’t have to. But I happily paid to remove ads to support this developer. This is how apps should be made and monetized.
Thank you for such an awesome game! I like good match games and solitaire games, and this is by far the best of both. Well done!
Developer Response ,
"Endlessly Replayable" is one of my top goals for this game, so it's a real joy to see your comment. Thank you for taking the time to write such a kind review!
If you love puzzles...
It looks like a card game, but is actually a puzzle game in disguise. Easy to learn, but tough to master! Different levels (even of the same type) require different strategies, so it’s never boring, and with the newest features you can basically pick your difficulty (use hints or power ups on hard levels, challenge yourself to beat the world record on easier ones). Plus, the design is beautiful, the developer is amazingly helpful and welcoming to suggestions, and there’s a community of players on the discord to share tips and challenge each other. A must-play for lovers of puzzle games.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for the kind review! It’s been a pleasure meeting players like you and getting such great feedback on Discord. The game is truly better for it!
Looks nice plays poorly
I played 10-15 hours and spent $4 to remove ads before deleting.
I’ve played a lot of the iOS solitaire games and they are for the most part poorly designed shovelware so this one caught my eye. The design is great, everything looks and feels nice. Also, the ads are relatively unobtrusive and I didn’t run into any that displayed adult content or automatically opened the App Store.
From there, though, the actual game is pretty unsatisfying. The gameplay is unfortunately more trial and error than logic, so more difficult levels come down to replaying rather than thinking through them. There is a tension between removing cards and making matches, but the inability to move your matches again means that you either guess right, or guess wrong and have to try again. A generous undo button helps, but also reinforces the trial and error nature of the core gameplay.
The game is also incredibly poor at introducing new mechanics- they are explained but the initial level is so basic you aren’t forced to confront and understand how they work, so when those same mechanics show up in more difficult levels you are faced with trial and error until you learn them yourself.
The design and presentation of the app itself is top notch but unfortunately it can only hide the poorly designed solitaire variant for so long.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for the thoughtful review and detailed analysis!
As you alluded to, the difficult games are difficult because the human brain is not good at looking ahead many moves to see the outcome (thus the trial and error). However, just like chess, with time and experience I believe you can develop an intuitive feel for getting into a better position and make steady progress toward a solution. I imagine this is the more powerful subconscious mind coming into play, which I personally find fascinating but completely understand is not for everyone.
One strategy for reducing the feeling of "trial and error" frustration is to turn on the 💡 hints, which reduces the number of moves you have to look ahead to something more manageable for logical solving. With the hints enabled, you only have to look ahead to the next match rather than all the way to the end of the game and the difficulty of completing a game without undo's drops exponentially.
Over time you can also develop strategies that work better for different kinds of games. I personally find it very interesting that I haven't found a strategy that works every time for this seemingly simple game. I've never felt like I've "solved the game" and I'm never 100% confident I can win without undo's even after playing for more than a year now, yet I don't feel that this is due to the randomness of the shuffle. The game simply has enough complexity to always stay at the edge of my ability to solve it with logic.
Although trial and error is rather a hallmark of the Solitaire genre, one big difference with my modern take is that you can't just play through a game, lose, and move on to the next (hopefully easier) game. You must complete a level to move on. Of course, you can use hints and powerups to get through to the next level, but for those who don't prefer this type of progression I plan to introduce a variation of the game I call "Free Play". Free Play will allow you to play and lose random games without getting stuck on a frustrating level just like old-school Solitaire, so look for that in an upcoming update as well.
Regarding the quality of the gameplay mechanics, this innovative and modern new take on Solitaire has the most flexible stacking rules (up, down, and wrapping), takes the least space (4-5 columns) perfect for one-handed play on a phone screen, with the fewest cards (only 3 suits from one deck), has an elegant and satisfying progression mechanic (matching rather than forced stacking), variants that can range from super simple to extremely difficult, a win rate higher than the famous FreeCell, and can be played with a regular deck of cards.
It has elevated a genre of games that typically feel like luck of the draw and can literally play themselves with a simple algorithm to a new level of sophistication worthy of a skilled player, and I stand by its quality as one of the most beautiful and elegant Solitaire mechanics in existence today.
I do take your feedback about poorly introducing the mechanics, however. I've spent a lot of time trying to teach the game (much more time than on the game itself!), and will continue to improve on it in regular updates as I get helpful feedback like yours. Thanks again!
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- Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
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- iPod touch
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- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
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