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Game #2581
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Solitaire Royale    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Strategy   Card

Rating: 7.75 (37 votes)

Solitaire Royale box cover

Solitaire Royale screenshot
Excellent solitaire game with high historical value. In the designer's own words at MobyGames: Solitaire Royale is "...the first commercial instance of Card Solitaire on the PC and Macintosh. There are eight different solitaire games, an "Aunt Anne's Tour" where you play all eight in a row, and three children's games. In addition, there are ten different choices for deck art."

Solitaire Royale is a solid card game that has very high production values, as evident from both 16-color EGA graphics and mouse support: something rarely found in a 1987 game. The user interface is top-notch: you can quickly jump from one solitaire game to the next by using the top menu bar, or peruse well-written rules and help texts. The games included range from the familiar (Klondike, Canfield, Pyramid, and Golf) to the more obscure (Corners, Calculation, Three Shuffles and a Draw, and Reno). The "tour" option and children's games are excellent value-added material, although not as full-fledged as QQP's later classic Solitaire's Journey. Overall, the first commercial solitaire game that also ranks among the best. Highly recommended!

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Brad Fregger
Developer: Publishing International
Publisher: Spectrum Holobyte
Year: 1987
Software Copyright: Publishing International
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
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If you like this game, try: Solitaire's Journey, Hoyle Official Book of Games Volume 2: Solitaire, Card Player's Paradise

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