Solitaire Forever
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Over 100 solitaire card games.   Shareware ($25.00)
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Solitaire Forever is a solitaire card game with the following features:
  • Over 150 solitaire games brought to life in 3D.
  • 4 games free, and free trials of the rest.
  • Beautiful, simple graphic interface.
  • Visual and textual rules for each game.
  • Unlimited undo/redo.
  • Options to find/reveal cards, relax the rules, and auto-play.
  • Full screen mode.
What's New
Version 1.4:
  • higher resolution graphics
  • higher frame-rate (smoother animation)
  • enhanced detail for Retina displays (iPhone)
  • new options
  • and a new game; Tripeaks
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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Solitaire Forever User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Simonm reviewed on 16 Dec 2010
3 or 4 years ago I thought the OpenGL interface was kind of cool, now it just looks tacky to the max!  The solitaire on Windows 7 actually looks much nicer in my opinion and has a nicer layout that is easier to play than this game.  The background animations were always hideous overkill.

You can't argue that the sheer number of solitaire variants is impressive and based on what the developer wrote here I'm sure they're all well researched and implemented.  I think the asking price is fair for this many unique games but unless the user interface gets a major overhaul and refresh then I can't see myself playing it any more, even though I bought a license.  I'll try to find another nicer looking and more civilised Mac solitaire app.

We're well past the stage of being impressed by 3D for the sake of it!  And it's not a bad thing to read Apple's user interface guidelines either.  3D and animations can be used if they provide valuable visual cues but I can't see why a card game needs to be entirely 3D.  Maybe consider replacing OpenGL with (limited) core animation for an updated look and feel and breath fresh life into a dying Mac app.
[Version 1.3.4]


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+71

Bdfu reviewed on 30 Oct 2010
Cooks my CPU.

If I want to hear my fan all I have to do is launch this app.

Other than that, it's a good implementation of solitaire. Controls are quick and responsive and the graphics are fluid and sharp.

I have several solitaire games but this is the one that I always end up playing - even if it does burn a hole through my laptop.
[Version 1.3.4]


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+29
Syzzygy commented on 29 Jun 2009
The outstanding Solavant offers 240 solitaire games and a 100 game trial period with absolutely no time limit whatsoever. No easy games, no hints either....it's for the real solitaire aficionado.
Really worth checking out.
[Version 1.3.4]


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+74

Dremwkr reviewed on 24 Mar 2008
This game suffers in relation to Solitare Til Dawn. Its interface does not follow Apple Interface guidelines. It does not allow some legal moves. And the trial restrictions are such that no one can complete a single game. The basic 3D interface is fine, but the animations seem to be a little over the top, if you are going to be playing for more than 10 min.

This game does have promise, if the developer would actually take the user's suggestions to heart and make the changes. I sense the developer really wants to improve the game, unfortunately, so far the change log indicates too little to improve the mac user experience.

This game could be so much better without that much more work, and I encourge the developer to do so, because he is leaving money on the table as it is now.
[Version 1.3]

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Solitaire Forever (developer) replied on 24 Mar 2008
Hi! I'd like to help out with the comments made by DREMWKR.

I'm not sure what you expect for Apple Interface Guidelines in a 3D OpenGL game. The interface blends smoothly into it's 3D environment. I have mostly had praise for the graphics and interface.

Solitaire Forever allows every legal move. The rules for all 150+ games have been taken directly from a collection of a dozen rule books. Many people play by variations of the official rules, so Solitaire Forever has an option called "Relaxed Rules". This will enhance the rules a bit for most games. The individual rules for each games point out any relaxed rules.

The most common unofficial move people expect is in Klondike, to move partial piles of cards. The official rules only allow you to move just the top card, or the entire pile of face-up cards. With the "relaxed rules" turned on, you will be allowed to move partial piles.

The trial restrictions are very reasonable. You get four games free without ever paying a dime. You can sample all of the other 150+ games on a 2-minute time limit per game. This allows a full preview before deciding if you wish to register.

The animations have been designed to enhance the visuals without causing too much distraction. All animations can be toggled off and on in the options screen, and it can all be completely turned off.

I listen to all customer feedback, respond promptly to e-mail, do my best to be helpful, and fulfill almost every request. I am sorry to see disappointment like this amidst overwhelming praise. I hope this helps clear things up.
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+141
gazman commented on 20 Dec 2006
I agree with a couple of posters below - the time limitations on the demo are ridiculous. (As far as I'm concerned, any program that puts such limitations on a user is a demo program NOT shareware).

It looks like a nice program, but it won't even allow me to play one full game.
[Version 1.2.3]


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+36

Intellect Inside reviewed on 11 Mar 2006
This is the best solitaire game. Awesome graphics and card animation, huge selection of games, thorough options. And the developer is very responsive.

Truly great!
[Version 1.1.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 01 Nov 2005
Game works very well on my G3 ibook - really enjoy playing the variety of games that Solitaire forever has!
[Version 1.1.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 26 Oct 2005
Actually, it's the only Solitaire game I play...

As a side note, the requirements state a minimum of 16MB video RAM, but it DOES work fine on ATi Rage 128 cards with a measly 8MB.
[Version 1.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 25 Apr 2005
First of all the pirce is ridiculous. $25 for a Solitaire game? I don't think so! Second, the time limit is annoying. It should have been set to five minutes or a 7 day trial and then the game is unaccesible.

Other then that the game is okay but it isn't worth it.
[Version 1.0.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 03 Jul 2004
I tried it, yeah it's a purdy one alrighty, but unMac-like. Who cares about the international market anyway? People who want to pay to play solitaire will find this 3D game a bit over the top. Mac users like their dang menu bar where it belongs, not as some graphical/multinational/concept program.

And as for the marketing to an international audience...if this is true as the developer's site claims, then why is the web site in English?

I found the animations quite charming at first and anoying very quickly.

Nice effort by the programmers...
[Version 1.0.1]


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Josart rated on 04 Apr 2013

[Version 1.4]



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Rains1026 rated on 02 Dec 2010

[Version 1.3.4]


Downloads:23,571
Version Downloads:1,201
Type:Games : Card and Board
License:Shareware
Date:25 Jan 2012
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $25.00
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Solitaire Forever is a solitaire card game with the following features:
  • Over 150 solitaire games brought to life in 3D.
  • 4 games free, and free trials of the rest.
  • Beautiful, simple graphic interface.
  • Visual and textual rules for each game.
  • Unlimited undo/redo.
  • Options to find/reveal cards, relax the rules, and auto-play.
  • Full screen mode.


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