Solitaire is an age old classic that comes in multiple forms, and Klondike is probably the most well known. There are many ways to play solitaire, and it’s always great to see new ideas like those in Pair Solitaire and 4 Thrones. Sage Solitaire is a new version of Solitaire that provides an all new form in which you’re given three rows and three columns of card stacks. Your goal is to clear the board as usual, but now you clear cards by making poker hands. Pairs, straights, flushes, and more clear cards off the stacks with each one worth varying points.
The major twist to Sage Solitaire is that any hand you make needs to include cards from more than one row. Each stack of cards has a different amount from the largest stacks in the top row to the smallest stacks in the bottom row. If you clear out a stack, you get a bonus, but then you have one less potential card to make a hand from. There’s quite a bit of strategy involved in each hand you make as you need to balance clearing the tallest stacks with making the highest point hands. You’re also given two trash abilities that regenerate after a valid hand, and you also need to use them at the right time in an attempt to clear the board.
It’s great to have concepts of solitaire and poker combined into an all new challenge with its own strategic elements to contend with. It’s a simple concept with a surprising amount of depth that will entice you to replay numerous times. The game is presented with a clean style to let you focus on the challenge at hand, while clearly identifying stack heights and poker hands. The main game mode is free, and there are two additional modes available for a one time $2.99 in-app purchase. The two additional modes give you either two decks to play with or the ability to make 15 by adding cards together.
Sage Solitaire (Free, Universal) delivers a great card game challenge that is well worth picking up.