Faerie Solitaire is a $5 puzzle game. To be more accurate, it is a solitaire game with some distractions. If you are not into solitaire or card games, you should not give this game a chance. That said, the game is very easy to get into.
The graphics are pretty good for a card game. There are plenty of explosion effects and sparks to please the eye. There is also a story shown throughout the game, something about faeries and a world of balance between light and dark. Anyway, that story is presented fairly well with 2d animations and slideshows. The buttons are glowy and shiny and change as you hover over them or click them. Screens transition quickly.
The audio is superb. The story is voice acted, and the music is charming. The sound effects are used well and do not get repetitive.
The gameplay is simple, but there are some distractions which can make the game seem slightly complicated. The game starts as just another solitaire game. As you find resources and pets, you discover there are some RPG elements. Thankfully, you can ignore everything but the card game, and solitaire is a nice way to occupy your time.
The game's performance is great. It runs on my old, 32-bit laptop and my 64-bit Windows 7 PC. It may run on even older hardware. I have not run into any performance issues. I don't even see any loading screens!
Unfortunately, the story and the distractions get in the way of the solitaire from time to time. The solitaire is also extremely easy. If you are looking for a solitaire game akin to the old Windows Solitaire game, you should avoid Faerie Solitaire.
Overall, the good performance, good presentation and easy, casual gameplay make Faerie Solitaire worthy of a 4/5. Of course it could be better, but it is an affordable casual game that I actually got for free, so I have absolutely no complaints. I think it is worth the $5 if you are in the market for a casual, family-friendly card game.
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