What’s better than a game where you beat up loads of monsters? A game where you beat up loads of monsters using the mechanics of solitaire. And what’s better than paying full price for a game? Paying half price for a game, of course. Which brings us round to the really rather brilliant Solitairica.
This is a game that takes the shape of a game of solitaire and then chucks it into a blender filled with monsters, new ideas, loot and some RPGs from the mid-90’s. The end result is a game that isn’t quite like anything you’ve ever played before.
The suits of your cards become different powers, and you can upgrade them to make them even more explosive with the goodies you earn for finishing challenges. Those challenges are going to be different every time round, thanks to the roguelike additions that have been sprinkled throughout Solitairica.
On top of all of that, the game looks lovely. Honestly, cartoon monsters are absolutely our bag right now, and Solitairica is stuffed to the brim with them. There’s a big heart here too, and a decided lack of po-faced seriousness that keeps all the slaughter and tactics on the right side of the light / grimdark divide.