The Chronicles of Emerland Solitaire
Good but same!
Considering there are thousands of variations of solitaire available, this 'golf' type version still appears to be the most 'popular'. I say that in marks as it is only popular by default as there is not really much variety in the solitaire stakes. The premise of the 'one up, one down' card game is easy to pick-up, thus the mechanics of the game can be picked up in around 5 minutes. The game is around 80% luck and the rest skill.
The storyline is good and the music fits well with the overall theme and game-play.
For those that don't like witches and sorcery then I would err caution on downloading this as that is at the heart the storyline.
The developers have tried to through a bit of HO in to the mix by finding things (flowers, birds etc), but whilst a nice partial distraction it doesn't really do much to the overall game play.
Having downloaded 'fairway' I thought I would be bored of two of the same type of solitaire games, but as this is so different (storyline wise) from fairway, I thought I would use a 'token' on this game.
One thing to note on the front screen the mouse movements were a bit jaggedy but when I was playing the game proper the mouse movements were OK. Mine is 'over-specced' for this game so I am not sure what the problem was, just thought I would mention it, but for me it didn't marr the actual game-play, just the menu screen.
September 23, 2012
Love this game
Played about 1/2 of the demo and bought it. A little bit of HOG (just finding a few things, pretty easy), option to play relaxed or timed, nice music (though I usually turn it off), fantastic graphics and just a lot fun.
September 15, 2012
Stunningly beautiful, if nothing else
This just isn't my usual type of game as I prefer the challenges of solving mysteries and using found objects to further my game, but....
WOW!!! The scenes were just beautifully drawn and made me feel so relaxed while playing. It is your basic (what I know as "Tri-Towers) solitaire where you build chains of cards in descending or ascending order (i.e. 9, 10, 9, 8, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, J, 10), so game play required few brain cells. Appears to have some extra perks (buy stuff at the store, special cards and abilities, etc) which adds to the play.
Again, too simplistic for my tastes, but I'd consider buying as a DD just for the gorgeous scenes alone. Might be an excellent way to teach a youngster the basics of a solitaire game while delighting them with a fairytale land to rival "Awakenings".
Ignore the passe storyline, immerse yourself in those lovely scenes and 'waste' a few hours on something that just makes you feel calm and peaceful. Nice break from the usual fare of rescuing loved ones from evil spirits, so Bravo to the devs for the extra effort of making this more than a simple solitaire game!
September 14, 2012
Great story line and graphics. The characters are fun. Objects to find are much to easy but all in all it's a fun game with two modes of playing.
September 14, 2012
A GOOD FIRST BUY FOR THIS GENRE
This is so much like Faerie Solitaire. Go up or down card value dealt. Music is very nice and relaxing. You earn coins to buy amulets at the store for wild cards, change a move, etc. The number of coins earned are sparse tho so u have to play a lot to build up the amount. Occasionally u will play a hidden object game-ie find 10 blue flowers which I didn't care for- too easy. Love the wizard. Graphics are good. I played 50 min. so didn't get to all the elements it offers. If I didn't already have several solitaire games I would buy this. For this genre, Fairway has them all beat tho. Might get this on sale.
September 14, 2012
This one was interesting and different. I'm not a big card player, but I really enjoy Fairway and Legends and play them frequently. I like the idea of playing for "something," in order to move on in the game and not just a straight solitaire game.
The music got very annoying very quickly (thus the down grade for sound quality). Graphics were nice and clean and the game play was very good. Would have been nice to be able to change the cards to something else (maybe it was there and I just didn't see it). Only down graded the level of challenge because the challenge is in how well you play the cards.
I already have two solitaire games, so will have to think on this one a bit more. I did like it, so I will put it in the puddle for the near future. Thanks for the reviews.
September 14, 2012
I really liked the graphics. I didn't have the volume on, but the visual was very nice!
September 16, 2012
Great if you love solitaire games
If you like solitaire, this is for you. Crisp, clear, beautiful graphics, and an engagicng storyline, with greater and greater difficulty spreads.
If solitaires games are not at the top of yur list, you might give up on it as it gets real hairy....
But then, we all like diferent things.
November 10, 2013
Good, But Won't Save Your Accomplishments If You Leave Game Mid-Level
This is a very interesting game of "golf" type solitaire. The graphics are well drawn and the music is soothing. I'm frustrated though, because you can't leave the game mid-level or you lose everything you've gained! There are ten challenges to a level. If you have 5 or more cards remaining, the evil wizard laughs at you in a very annoying cackle. It gets really old and more annoying the more levels you lose. You can replay a level to try and do better, so you wind up taking a lot of time to accomplish the total challenge. If you tire and need to take a break, leaving the level doesn't save your accomplishments and you have to start all over at level one of that challenge again! I hope the developers will fix this aspect, because other than that, it's fun and addictive!
August 3, 2013
More Than I Expected
I downloaded the demo of this game, not expecting very much enjoyment out of a solitaire game but at the end of the hour I had to buy it! The card game itself is a fun and relaxing way to spend some time and there are also a few HO scenes that are challenging enough not to feel like an afterthought. The graphics are beautiful, the music and voice-overs are not annoying. There are enough achievements, that you can earn and buy, that the game feels like there is some skill involved and not just luck. After the tutorial it gets challenging, but again, just enough.
The fifth star is not here for three reasons. First, the music cuts out if you look at one of the HO scenes for awhile, which is likely considering how hard some of them are. Not really a big deal, shouldn't be a deal-breaker anyway, just something I noticed that kind of drew me out of the game. Second, unlike all the other HO scenes the ones at the end of each area, are really easy. Again, not a big deal, I didn't buy this game for the HO scenes anyway. What can I say? It's not perfect but it's pretty close and I've had a lot of fun playing it so far.
January 1, 2013