Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Completed: Faerie Solitaire

I picked up a Faerie Solitaire in one of the indie bundles in a Steam Christmas sale a couple of years ago. It's a card based puzzle game with a faerie theme. I must admit I would probably never have looked at this game were it not for the sale. The developer SubSoap has recently been promoting their game on Reddit and are currently running an infinity bundle where you can by all of their current and future games on Mac, PC, Linux and Android for a single price.

The core game
Each level has predetermined set of cards on the field, with the rest of the deck below. There is one active card and the player can replace it with a card from the playing field that is either 1 higher or 1 lower than the active card (Kings and Aces are adjacent forming a closed loop). Getting cards this way generates a streak, at any time the player can replace the active card with the top card from the deck, doing so ends the streak. There are also wild cards that operate in a similar way, they can be seen on the right hand side, using them allows the streak to continue.

Collecting all cards in a stack is worth cash, collecting all stacks is worth a bonus $200, when a level is completed either by collecting all stacks or running out of cards in the deck, the total cash collected is multiplied by the longest streak. This cash is used to buy buildings that give you power ups.

The story
The game does have a story which is about a young boy attempting to rescue faeries. It has no mechanical bearing on the game whatsoever. When you complete a stage you get a sentence or two of story and after you finish several stages you get a cutscene consisting of a moving camera but still images. It helps tie the game together but is not very remarkable, at the end it has some pretty blatant sequel baiting.

It was a good time waster, individual levels generally took about 1 to 3 minutes to complete, but there are a lot of levels to play through, it is a game I think I could conceivably get my mother to play and enjoy.

Games list status: 389 unfinished titles
              Net change: 1 title finished, 5 added

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