Classic Solitaire HD for iOS: Replica of MS Windows Solitaire for Retina

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Classic Solitaire
Developer: Alexei Garbuzenko
Price: free Download on the App Store

RunServer today introduces Classic Solitaire HD 0.14 for iOS, a precise copy of the original Klondike Solitaire card game included with millions of copies of the Microsoft Windows operating system. Classic Solitaire HD looks and feels just like the old game, which has been enjoyed by so many for so long, but it contains high resolution cards carefully redrawn for Retina displays. All the game graphics were re-created manually to match the original, and the game features standard and Vegas scoring, one-card-draw or three-card-draw, and timed and untimed gameplay.

Feature Highlights:
- HD playing cards for Retina displays
- No unneeded features, no strange, custom card images
- Draw one or draw three modes
- Timed and untimed gameplay
- Standard and Vegas scoring
- Double tap to move card to top
- Jumping victory cards
- Optional sound effects
- Full support for all iOS 4.0 - 6.0 devices
- Mini-cards for 3.5" mobile displays

For solitaire players, Classic Solitaire HD is a nostalgic, retro homage to what is likely the card game played on more personal computers than any other. But besides the green felt card table, and the deck picturing a sun drenched tropical scene on the back of each card, the game recaptures something else. And that is the utility and simplicity of the original's design. There is nothing extraneous in game mechanics or graphical design. It is, in a sense, pure solitaire.

Of course, the graphics are startlingly realistic, especially when held up beside a standard computer monitor. The very high resolution, wide color gamut, and bright, saturated colors all contribute to the added enjoyment of playing this Klondike Solitaire on an iDevice, particularly the New iPad. Touch control allows more fluid gameplay and higher scores. The game accommodates both standard and Las Vegas scoring, and gamers can compete against themselves in timed or untimed play. Operational in either portrait or landscape orientation, Classic Solitaire HD also offers the choice between one-card or three-card draws.

Among the improvements in version 0.14 are special "mini-cards," especially crafted for small mobile displays. These cards feature very large numbers and letters on the card face, making identification on smaller screens easier.

"Classic Solitaire HD is a reminder to all of us who played Windows Solitaire for so many hours, so many years ago," commented Alexei Garbuzenko of RunServer. "It is a reminder of how far we have come and how quickly. And it is a reminder of how much fun it is to take time out for a good game of Solitaire."

Language Support:
- U.S. English, Russian, and Ukrainian

Classic Solitaire HD 0.14 is $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. A free version is also available. Review copies are available on request.

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