Review – Microsoft Solitaire Collection

Microsoft is slowly, but surely, removing any reason to own a Windows Phone. Early on, there were good reasons like Microsoft Word and Cortana to point at when Android and iPhone users would laugh at my Lumia 635. As the months passed, it became painfully clear that Microsoft was obviously abandoning the Windows Phone platform for the greener pastures offered by Android and iPhone. Now, we have Microsoft Solitaire Collection hitting Android recently. Another Windows device hold out is now available for the competition. The question now is, do Android and iPhone users care? This is a solitaire collection after all.

First, what is unique about Microsoft Solitaire Collection? There are five classic variations of Solitaire available in this app: Spider, Klondike, Freecell, Tripeaks, and Pyramid. Since I don’t have a lot of experience with the iTunes gaming market, I cannot really express any feelings on the Solitaire situation there. On Android though, there are tons of versions of Solitaire that feature either one of these variations or all of them, and more, in one app. Microsoft Solitaire Collection is not unique in the game modes available.

Where Microsoft Solitaire Collection does stand out is in trophies and other digital baubles. The mainstay of Microsoft Solitaire Collection, and their other games such as Mahjong/Shanghai, is the trophy mechanic. There are daily challenges that feature tasks in many of the modes available. Each month, you are able to play all of the daily challenges for that month in an effort to collect every trophy.

My problem with this–at this time anyhow–is that the trophy system is not tied to the Microsoft system yet. If you are like me, you have probably collected a lot of trophies in Microsoft Solitaire Collection using your Windows Phone or Windows desktop. At this time those trophies will not transfer to your Android device using Microsoft Solitaire Collection; I presume this is the same going the other way. I hope this is rectified in the future as Microsoft used to really push “one” as in unity between their platforms.

One last thing, there are ads in Microsoft Solitaire Collection. You can remove them by paying $1.99 a month or $9.99 annually. Now, with the plethora of Solitaire games on Google Play, I cannot really see many paying to enjoy Microsoft Solitaire Collection. If you are into collecting trophies for Xbox Live then this is your only option on Android.

Microsoft Solitaire Collection by Microsoft
Platform: Android
Genre: Solitaire collection
In App Purchases: Yes to remove advertising
Rated: E for Everyone
Available now on Google Play

Carl Williams

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