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Singles Awareness Day was February 15, and to celebrate, I am featuring one of the oldest solo-player games ever, Solitaire. We aren’t talking about your granny’s Solitaire either; the game has made great strides since I last played. To be honest, I haven’t played Solitaire since I was a kid, and it was the same Solitaire everyone played on the computer; you know the one.

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When you won the game, the cards would fly over and fill the screen. It was so satisfying. I was pleasantly surprised to find endless variations of the game. There are so many that I decided to do things a little differently this time and compile a list of my favorites.

Onirim

A shadowy figure lurks behind the Onirim logo.

Photo courtesy of Asmodee Digital.

Onirim is a digital adaptation of a physical card game created by Z-Man Games. You are a Dreamwalker trapped in a labyrinth, and you must discover all eight doors before you run out of cards. Discover doors by playing three cards of the same color in a row or discarding a key card when a door appears. It sounds simple enough, but there are nightmare cards shuffled throughout the deck that make things … difficult.

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This game is more inspired by Solitaire and is a completely unique experience than your average Solitaire game. I love digital adaptations of physical games because you can play the digital version to learn the rules easily. That way, if you want to play on game night, you don’t have to painstakingly learn and teach the rules. This game has been on my wishlist for a while, and I am glad I finally played it because it is well-made and a great solo game.

Solitairica

A jester like figure stands behind the Solitairica logo. Colorful orbs and cards surround the figure along with various types of monsters.

Photo courtesy of Righteous Hammer Games.

Emperor Stuck and his armies have stolen all of the hearts from the land of Myrriod, and you are the only one who can stop them. Solitairica is an interesting mashup of roguelike RPG combat and good old Solitaire. You have a limited amount of health, and every time you draw a card from the deck, the enemy attacks you and deals damage. Your goal is to clear the board before the enemy completely “breaks your heart.”

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Like any good RPG, you have spells that give you special abilities, like destroying a faceup card or peaking at the next card in the deck. This one is more like a turn-based strategy RPG than a boring game of Solitaire. It combines the best of Solitaire and strategy RPGs, so it is a great choice for anyone who loves either of those types of games. There are abilities, gear, and enemies to kill, just like in your favorite RPG, except your power lies in your Solitaire abilities.

Solitaire Cat Islands-TriPeaks

A pretty landscape scene with hills, trees and flowers. The Solitaire Cat Islands logo is displayed above in a rainbow.

Photo courtesy of Sticky Hands Inc.

For the cat lovers out there, Solitaire Cat Islands-TriPeaks lets you play as a traveler who has discovered an island filled with kitties. Discover each new location on the island by completing matches. There is an undo button; I cannot tell you how many times I wish this were an option in the other games.

Sometimes, I am not paying attention and make the dumbest mistake, and it costs me the whole game, so it is nice to have that safety net. The game even gives you a nudge to use your undo if you miss a card you could have played. You also have a wild card ability that lets the next card you play act as any card. Be careful; you only have so many of these, and you earn them by winning matches. Eliminating several cards before you draw another is considered a combo and gives you special rewards. It is nice to get a special reward when you get a satisfying streak.

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This game has other unique aspects, like a board game and hidden object mini-games. The best part is that you meet different cats, like Humpty Dumpty, and add them to your traveling party. Collecting various cats and completing daily missions will earn you special rewards. The art style of the game is adorable, and the game itself has a lot to offer. This is a great version of Solitaire for anyone who loves cats and cute things.

Kawaii Theatre Solitaire

The Kawaii Theater logo embellished in gold on a stage complete with a purple curtain backdrop and spotlights.

Photo courtesy of Imba.

Speaking of cute, there is even a Solitaire game for the kawaii lovers out there. In Kawaii Theatre Solitaire, you are the first artistic director of a new theatre. It is your job to oversee costumes, set design and raise money to support the theatre. Completing Solitaire levels will give you money, which you can use to create your next theatrical production.

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The concept of playing Solitaire to raise money for your production is an interesting and unique concept that I really enjoyed. Rather than being just a Solitaire game, Kawaii Theatre Solitaire builds a game around the concept of Solitaire. There are events in this game as well, the latest being Lunar New Year outfits. If you are looking for more than just a Solitaire experience and enjoy avatar creation and decorating, definitely give this game a try.

Solitaire Cooking Tower

A colorful 2D paper style scene of various people gathered around a hotdog stand. The Solitaire Cooking Tower logo is on the left featuring a chef's hat.

Photo courtesy of Sticky Hands Inc.

I wanted to include at least one game on this list that plays like classic Solitaire, and Solitaire Cooking Tower does just that. Play classic Solitaire-style games to unlock new restaurants and complete the tower of deliciousness. The levels are full-on Solitaire games with a full board of cards.

There is even an auto-complete option that comes up when it is obvious you will win the game complete with animation, just like the good old days. Sometimes, a card will ping with a timer, and you get a bonus if you find a place for that card before the timer is up. You also get bonuses at the end of the game for things like completing a game quickly and winning streaks.

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Completing daily missions and achievements also gives you special rewards. The music is smooth jazz, you know, the kind they play in an elevator or when on hold. It did not take long to drive me crazy, but I simply just turned down the sound and put on some lo-fi, which is basically better elevator music. This is the best option for anyone looking for some good old-fashioned Solitaire.

Our Adventure Ends Here

Playing solo can be tons of fun, especially with so many options. It seems there is a Solitaire out there to suit anyone’s interests. This is just the tip of the iceberg; there are so many more I haven’t gotten a chance to try yet. I used to love Solitaire and haven’t thought about or played it in so long. This journey has reignited my passion for the game, and I hope it does the same for you.

Take it easy and play it safe, gamers.

Do you like Solitaire? Let us know in the comments below.

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