For a while now, not too often I hope, I have been playing a solitaire app on my Nexus 7 tablet. The solitaire is the standard card game, but is easy to play anytime on the tablet where the deal is accomplished by one click and the cards don’t fall on the floor.
But best of all, it gives me the choice of a standard deal or a winning deal. A winning deal can be won with the correct moves, and that is way more fun. When you get stuck in the traditional solitaire, you assume the cards went against you, but with the winning deal, you know it was your own fault. Coulda, woulda, shoulda. Where did you mess up?
You can win every time, but most likely you won’t. You will miss some of the moves (that black ten should have gone on the red jack several turns ago). Then there are the moves that present a seemingly equal choice (take the red five from this stack or the other red five from that stack)—either can be played, but one leads to victory, the other to a dead-end.
Each game takes about three tries. You can re-deal the game exactly as it was before and try to get it right this time. There is no cleaver strategy involved, mainly just concentration in not missing the obvious. As a last resort, you can have it play out the hand as it should be played.
Pause more than 30 seconds and the correct move will blink, reminding you like an annoying older sister looking over your shoulder (Okay, okay, I see it! I’m just thinking. Is that such a crime?)
The app is called Solitaire by MobilityWare. Download it for free and you will join over 50 million others. It works on either the Apple or Android platform. They say 50 billion games have been played, enough for 6 games by every person on the planet.
Think how far civilization could have advanced if all that wasted time had been productive.