*Sources of screenshots are listed in their respective file-names.
Gridiron Solitaire* gameplay from the Video Games and the Bible YouTube channel:
Gridiron Solitaire combines the easy-to-grasp gameplay of Solitaire with a charmingly detailed simulation of Football for a title that can be enjoyed by all ages.
For those not familiar with Solitaire, the mechanics are quite simple…
Match sequentially numbered cards of alternating colors in ascending/descending order (e.g. match a red 11 with a black 12, or a black 2 with a red 1). Matches made during your turn (or “down”) complete the actions you’ve chosen. Matching a red 11 with a black 12 will make your team run, pass, defend and so on.
The random luck that determines what cards are placed on the field is balanced by the opportunity to use a number of strategic options (on both defense and offense).
On offense, you have to use your knowledge of the opposing team’s statistics to take advantage of their defensive weaknesses. Pressing the Big Play button places extra cards on the field or triggers text events.
On defense, you have to consider where your opponent’s offense is strong and choose to defend a run or pass. Anticipating the next play and rationing your use of a limited number of Big Plays hinders their ability to score. Anticipating the wrong play (or wasting your use of the Big Play button) leads to the opposing team running or passing farther than before.
The Solitaire gameplay and tactical decisions are enhanced by a surprising level of simulation. This includes a database of weather profiles from hundreds of American and Canadian cities (introducing rain and snow to the game). Actual NFL Data is used to inform “CPU playcalling, field goal and punt distance/accuracy, and simmed stats/scores.”
This NFL data makes a huge difference. On the lowest difficulty, I haven’t seen the AI make an irrational decision yet–something even the great Madden series struggles to achieve.
Despite the potential of being overly complex and swamped in jargon, Gridiron Solitaire requires surprisingly little knowledge of Football to understand the game. The included tutorial explains everything you need to know very quickly, which is great for those with little time or short attention spans.
What I truly love about Gridiron Solitaire are the little, easily overlooked touches that contribute to making a great experience.
After every match, you get a customized newspaper detailing your performance:
For your convenience, the team statistics you base your decisions off of (mentioned above) are summed up in each pre-game “broadcast.”
In between seasons, you get to manage how money is spent for new players. The areas of the team you bolster will improve, while those you ignore will deteriorate over time.
The game has also seen a number of updates since its release last year. As I write this, the developer is planning an extensive overhaul of the UI and artwork–even these screenshots come from a previous version of the game.
Gridiron Solitaire somehow combines easygoing solitaire and high-stakes football to create an addictive gaming experience. The developer continues to support the game with patches/updates (including an upcoming planned expansion to overhaul the visuals).
I heartily recommend this title-even for those who have had limited experience with Football.
None to my knowledge.
Buy Now! (Steam)