Christmas Solitaire 2, from Java cardgame experts Butterfly Donuts, purposes to convey a small bit ofChristmas cheer to a game which is preponderantly famous for beingplayed on netbooks, when there are no other games within arms'reach.
When it's hard to begrudge it that noble aim, it'sequally hard to recommend this dull and finally bog quality card gameto anyone who so soon possesses an actual pack of cards.
Onstart up Christmas Solitaire 2 presents you with an over-abundance ofsingle-player card games to select from, admitting Klondike,FreeCell, Spider, Pyramid, TriPeaks, Golf, Chinese, Yukon, andSpiderette.
If you know what any of these games means thengood for you - you may just love Christmas Solitaire 2 a small moreas compared to the next elf.
If not, don't anticipate to learnhow to play in any form of tutorial mode. The just form of assistyou'll be getting when presented with a neatly dealt game board ofcards is a jarringly unhelpful 'help' display.
At the start ofa round of Pyramid, a game this reviewer has absolutely no knowledgeof, the 'help' display was kind plenty of to outline a 30 per centchance of successfully solving the game.
It was also kindplenty to tell me that Pyramid was depended mostly on luck and thatsmall skill was involved.
In terms of functionality, the gameworks just fine. The controls, as could be expected in a card game,are neat and efficient, with a simple double-click on a card movingit to a potential position.
Still there really is small bonusto continue playing. Once a game is finished, much as in real life,that's it. You can always check your big scores, but it's missing anysense of progression.
Open able deck patterns or exchangeablebackgrounds would have plus ed a small brandy to the ChristmasSolitaire 2 pudding.
Unless you absolutely enjoy card gamesand have been appearing for an excuse to make sharp your TriPeaksskills without having to physically deal out real life cards, thenits improbable you'll take anything from Christmas Solitaire 2 otherthan the nice Christmas card images in the background