Fairway Solitaire has always been a stand out game on the PC because it really takes Golf Solitaire to the next level beyond simply a card game. Big Fish Games has now brought Fairway Solitaire to the App Store, and it’s completely redone for the touch screen. The game fits so well on iOS as you get to tap the cards in quick succession as you build streaks. If you’re unfamiliar with Golf Solitaire, you have one card at a time at the bottom, with an assortment up top, and your goal is to chain together cards in sequence, 2, 3, 4, 3, 4, 5 as an example. You try to clear the board with as many cards left over as possible.
In Fairway Solitaire the game intertwines the golf theme into every aspect with each layout an individual hole, and your overall score dependent on how many cards are left over based on the par for the hole. Each layout involves clearing the front cards to unveil the back cards, and there are sand traps, rough, and water hazards to deal with. You also have access to irons allowing you to add in a seven iron to act as a seven card and continue your streak. There are over 350 holes included across 63 courses, with each and everyone featuring a unique and challenging design.
The game is set-up so that there are choices for each card as you have to decide to play either a four or six when you get a five. Each choice changes how the level evolves, and you always want to clear the covered cards. You have access to a mulligan if you make a mistake, and you’re always shooting to create as long of a streak as possible. There are gopher hazards too, for a random challenge, and there are just so many intricacies to create a deluxe golf puzzle game unlike anything else around. It’s great to finally see the game come to iOS, and it feels like the best version yet with the touch interface and silky smooth design. Once you “tee off” on the first hole, it’s so tough to stop playing, and there is just so much included in this game.
Fairway Solitaire (Free, iPhone / Free, iPad) is an absolute must buy that is quite simply one of the best iOS experiences that will appeal to the widest group of users. The game is free to download with one $0.99, iPhone or $2.99, iPad in-app purchase to unlock the whole thing. There are little upgrades to make the game easier for more IAP, but all are completely optional because the game is very generous when you earn coins.
Fairway Solitaire is a hole in one that you just won’t be able to get enough of.