So after all the griping about big AAA games lately, you may wonder whether I actually like any games. And the answer is yes, yes I do.
The game I am currently playing day and night is Fairway Solitaire. It’s a variant of Solitaire dressed up as golf. It is very easy to get into, but very hard to stop playing. And it’s nearly perfect. The golf vibe, the graphics, the sound, the interface: it all just works. Really tiny things, like how they handle player selection, are very nicely solved. The only minor quibbles I have are:
- It helps to know a little bit how professional golf works. I had some trouble understanding how the ‘Gain X dollars to advance’ works, what with the fee and the purse and what not. But I figured it out eventually.
- The money-making is not tuned well. Whenever an item is unlocked, I always have more than enough money to buy it. Maybe I am just a good player, but it takes away any interesting decisions between the rounds of golf.
I’ve been playing over 10 hours so far, and I am about halfway through the courses. Pretty good value for 20 dollars if you ask me. Check it out if you are looking for something addictive.