I like playing card games on my computer. There, I said it. I really like klondike and spider and stuff like that. So I picked up a demo for a game called Kitty Spangles Solitaire. First off, tehe it has adorable cartoon cats. Ok, now that that’s out of my system: to the review!
So far, I’ve gone through the exceedingly unintuitive set up process to start playing. You’re presented with a screen asking what style you want to use for the background. Finding the button to advance to the next screen where you choose your game shouldn’t be anywhere as hard as it is. And this is just the beginning. I actually just found the rest of the options in the options pane (which is apparently where you start when you first turn it on). Instead of being a nice tabbed interface, there are these confusing little buttons at the bottom of the screen that have icons and only have words on mouse over. Well…that’s special.
And now for game play. So take every other solitaire card game pack you’ve ever played. Now made it strangely adorable and yet terrifying and add in a good dose of unintuitive…ness. The next step is to slap the face of a soulless cat on all the cards. Erm…game play…yes. So, the major thing that I noticed about the game play is that when a card was automatically transferring to the stack or where ever, it locked up against other inputs. Meaning that while an unnecessary animation is happening…I have to stop playing the game. Also, so most solitaire games have a double-click feature to automatically move cards to up were the aces go if they can. This one will automatically make any move that card has available. So what you’re telling me is that instead of actually playing solitaire, I can just keep clicking and watch your AI fail at solitaire for me? I fail to see the fun in this.
I will concede the fact that Kitty Spangles has a lot of games. But really, some of them were just clones of others with mildly modified rules. I also debate the existence of “two-cell” and “three-cell”. But that’s neither here nor there. Now, if you could be so kind as to reference the above image. See on the way top where the button to close the window is? (no, no silly windows users, its on the left. I have a mac) Notice how the red one isn’t red? Its in fact gray. Implying that it does nothing. Normally this also means that CMD+Q to quit won’t work either. SURPRISE! It does. Oh, and the button to close is bottom right. Why is it there, you ask? I have no idea. Clearly, to distract us from everything else that is wrong with this game
And so, the review. This was terrible. Normally I really like solitaire. I play it when I’m bored, when I just want to take a break from work, when I’m listening to a book. This one? No…it was jarring, it forced me to stop playing at times. And that cat’s eyes are really creepy after a while. In total, I give this game 1 heart of out 5. I think I see a game over in your future, Kitty Spangles.
For those of you silly enough to want to buy this game after such a scathing review, it can be purchased at Kitty Spangles Solitaire $24.95 and if you act fast, they’re also throwing in Kitty Spangles Sudoku for free. That gives me so much faith in your Sudoku program, let me tell you.