MS Solitaire Collection Invades iOs

By Reina Ilagan

Nov 25, 2016 05:47 AM EST

Anyone who has owned a Windows PC is most likely familiar with Microsoft Solitaire. For over two decades, Solitaire has been a household PC game. And this month, Microsoft brings this classic game to iOS devices.

Originally available only on Windows, it has been launched as an iOS app. But instead of the simple Microsoft Solitaire, this new app is named Microsoft Solitaire Collection, containing five solitaire games.

Users of iOS devices may now choose from five game modes: Klondike, Spider, FreeCell, Pyramid, and Tripeaks.

In the first game mode, Klondike, players must clear all the cards from the table using one or three-card draw.

The ultimate goal of the second game mode, Spider, is to clear eight columns of cards with the fewest moves possible. There is an option for the game to be played in a single suit or in the more challenging four suits.

FreeCell tests the player's strategy in using four extra cells to move cards around and clear all the cards from the table.

In Pyramid, players must combine two cards that add up to 13 in order to remove them from the board.

In the last game mode, Tripeaks, players select cards in a sequence, earn combo points and clear boards before they run out of deals.

Just like any other games, the instructions of the game will be displayed when game mode is opened for the first time. Players, however, may still access the mechanics of the game by choosing the "How to Play" option in the menu.

The mobile app also includes daily challenges for all five games. Players can earn special rewards by solving challenges with multiple difficulty levels.

Players may also sign in with their Xbox Live gamertag or Microsoft account since the app features Xbox Live Integration. All game progress will be synced across Windows and iOS devices.

Microsoft Solitaire Collection is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It is now available for download from the App Store for free.

It is also available for a Premium upgrade where players can enjoy the game without ads. The Premium version of the app, which costs $1.99 per month, also offers incentives.

The upgrade fee, however, is waived through the end of the year, making the full game available to the players for a limited time.

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