After seeing the title’s cheesy play on words and average graphics, one may judge Solitaire: Deck of Cods as a cheap solitaire spinoff. We are here to report that this isn’t the case. We were impressed with what this fishing and solitaire mixture brought to the table.
Solitaire: Deck of Cods does not play by the rulebook for the regular card game. You can place a card with an adjacent number of any suit on top of the base. There are multiple stacks of cards in different formations for each of the 50 included levels. Also, the base card that you start with does not need to be an ace.
Stacking at least three cards on top of each other catches fish, and any consecutive cards add one inch to its length. Once you flip over to the next card, the fish is added to your bucket.
Every level has a different goal, usually asking you to catch a certain number of fish, a fish of a certain length, or a mixture of the two. Even if you don’t make the goal, they will still be added to your collection, which records the largest 24 fish that you caught.
This is not a normal solitaire game pronounced with a New Jersey accent.
Special fish food and tackle are collected either randomly or by clearing a stack of cards. These can reveal all covered cards, shuffle the deck, or place a card on top of the base without penalty. These can be carried between rounds and strategically using them is key when going for big catches.
Once you pass the last level, though, there is little reason to come back. You will have likely caught at least one of each fish, so there is almost no replay value there. Bluetooth multiplayer, where you can compete for the biggest catch, is a plus if your friend also has the game, but we would rather compete in a simulated fishing tournament in Flick Fishing instead.
The graphics in Solitaire: Deck of Cods are underwhelming at best. When they’re up-close, fish appear pixilated. There is also little variety in the bland colors. We would have liked to see a little more effort put into the aesthetics. The silly banjo music was a hoot, though, and it fit perfectly with the fishing theme.
Quick load times and generally short rounds makes this a solitaire game easy to pick up when you need to keep yourself occupied for a short amount of time. It provides more depth than most pick-up-and-play titles while not being too thought-provoking.
For such a low asking price, we suggest card-game lovers give this a go. You may be surprised at its ability to reel you in.