March 29, 2017


How to Play Thieves of Egypt Solitaire

from A Shareware Life

In this video I explain how to play Thieves of Egypt Solitaire, one of the games I invented for Pretty Good Solitaire.



March 28, 2017


Episode 461: Messy Effect: Andromeda

from Casual Gamer Chick

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This week’s episode, which has been posted a little late due to life interruptions, has Jonah ranting about Mass Effect Andromeda, which T.J. and Scott pine for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wind.

This week’s news includes:

  • Report: JoyCon wireless issues caused by “manufacturing variation”
  • There is a way to transfer Switch save data, Nintendo just doesn’t want you to know
  • Alexander the Great will lead Macedon in Civilization 6

Let us know what you think.

This week’s episode, which has been posted a little late due to life interruptions, has Jonah ranting about Mass Effect Andromeda, which T.J. and Scott pine for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wind. This week’s news includes: Report: JoyCon wireless issues caused by “manufacturing variation” There is a way to transfer Switch save data, Nintendo just doesn’t want you to know Alexander the Great will lead Macedon in Civilization 6 Let us know what you think.



March 27, 2017


Video: How to Play Scorpion Solitaire

from A Shareware Life

My new video today is How to Play Scorpion Solitaire:

 



March 26, 2017


Mystery Case Files: The Black Veil Walkthrough

from Casual Game Guides

Look to our Mystery Case Files: The Black Veil Walkthrough to guide you through this positively exceptional adventure. Bursting with easy instruction and colorful screen shots, our guide will help you solve this deadly mystery adventure before you too fall victim. The townspeople of Dreadmond are counting on you! The black veil of death is upon them and the clock is ticking rapidly toward their demise. Work quickly to uncover who or what is behind this treacherous plague and return the town to its formerly peaceful existence.  

We hope you enjoy our Mystery Case Files: The Black Veil Walkthrough!



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March 25, 2017


Caturday Bandit

from A Shareware Life

11 month old Kitten Bandit.

 

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March 23, 2017


New Pretty Good Solitaire v17.0 for Windows with 940 Games

from A Shareware Life

A new version of Pretty Good Solitaire for Windows is now available!

Version 17.0 is available for download.

 

The 10 new games are:

- Bandit - a variation of Maria with 3 waste piles.

- Bloody Mary - a harder version of the popular game Lady Jane.

- Caramel - a variation of Geoffrey.

- Constellation - an easier variation of the game Zodiac.

- Double Spidike - a two deck version of the game Spidike.

- Monarch - a harder version of the game Queenie.

- Pizzica - a harder version of the game Tarantella.

- Spiderette One Suit - the game Spiderette with only Spades.

- Spiderette Two Suits - the game Spiderette with only Spades and Hearts.

- Three's a Crowd - a harder version of the game Three's Company.



March 22, 2017


New Solitaire Game to Play Online: Sixes and Sevens

from A Shareware Life

Today there is a new solitaire game on our online site: Sixes and Sevens.

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March 21, 2017


Mystery Case Files: Black Veil Released Today!

from Casual Game Guides

The highly anticipated game, Mystery Case Files: Black Veil Collector’s Edition, is finally here! 

 



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$2.99 Mystery Case Files: Broken Hour Collector’s Edition

from Casual Game Guides

To celebrate the launch of the latest Mystery Case Files game, we are offering the Collector’s Edition of Mystery Case Files: Broken Hour for only $2.99 exclusively for Casual Game Guides' readers! Just use the coupon code CGGBROKEN at checkout!



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How to Play Alaska Solitaire

from A Shareware Life

In this video, I show how to play Alaska Solitaire, a game that first appeared in Pretty Good Solitaire.

 

 




Shadowhand story intro movie revealed

from Grey Alien Games

Grey Alien Games is now able to reveal the new Shadowhand intro movie:

We are delighted to include the voice talent of our friend, the actress Julie Neubert as Shadowhand.

Strategic RPG card game Shadowhand will be coming soon to Steam, where it can currently be added to wish lists.



March 20, 2017


How to Play Spider Solitaire

from A Shareware Life

Today's new video is How to Play the Classic Solitaire Game Spider.

 

 




Episode 460: PAX East 2017 Recap

from Casual Gamer Chick

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Jonah Falcon is finally back from PAX East 2017, and related his experiences at the convention. Somehow, T.J.’s musings on Dune and the origins of Mini-Me come up during the discussion. Among the games discussed are Snake Pass, Earthfall, Dauntless, and Yonder.

There’s also some news discussed:

  • Payday owner Starbreeze to publish System Shock 3
  • Switch stock and sellouts could be a problem for Nintendo

Let us know what you think and post in the comments!

Jonah Falcon is finally back from PAX East 2017, and related his experiences at the convention. Somehow, T.J.’s musings on Dune and the origins of Mini-Me come up during the discussion. Among the games discussed are Snake Pass, Earthfall, Dauntless, and Yonder. There’s also some news discussed: Payday owner Starbreeze to publish System Shock 3 Switch stock and sellouts could be a problem for Nintendo Let us know what you think and post in the comments!



March 18, 2017


Caturday

from A Shareware Life

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March 17, 2017


How to Play FreeCell Solitaire

from A Shareware Life

My latest video is How to Play FreeCell Solitaire:

 



March 16, 2017


New Solitaire Game to Play Online: Black Hole

from A Shareware Life

I've added a new solitaire game to play on the online site: Black Hole.

 

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March 15, 2017


How to Play Eight Off Solitaire

from A Shareware Life

Today's new video is how to play the FreeCell type game Eight Off.

 

 



March 14, 2017


Dark Parables: Requiem for the Forgotten Shadow Walkthrough

from Casual Game Guides

Our Dark Parables: Requiem for the Forgotten Shadow Collector's Edition Walkthrough is ready to guide you through the 13th installment of this beloved series. Get ready detective as you are headed to foothills of the Swiss Alps to the charming town of Anaben. An infectious illness has taken over the town, leaving the townspeople as former shadows of themselves. Who and what is behind this affliction? Jump on in to find out! Look to our handy guide to help you navigate your journey quickly and solve the mini games & challenging hidden object areas. We have included colorful screen captures and step by step instructions to help you throughout your game play!

We hope you enjoy our Dark Parables: Requiem for the Forgotten Shadow Collector's Edition Walkthrough.
 



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Game Wisdom podcast

from Grey Alien Games

Jake was recently a guest on the Game Wisdom podcast.

Host Josh Bycer discussed Jake’s background in the game industry as one of a few indie developers who has been around for over a decade making video games. The chat also takes on topics such as appealing to casual and core gamers, and what it means for marketing your game, as well as how upcoming game Shadowhand is focused on the Steam audience.

Have a listen to “The winning hand of Grey Alien Games,” here!

The Question Bus podcast

Jake was also interviewed by Keir Miron of The Question Bus at Steam Dev Days in Oct 2016 about Regency Solitaire and Shadowhand and you can listen to that here.




How to Play Australian Patience Solitaire

from A Shareware Life

Here is a video about how to play the Yukon type game Australian Patience.

 

 



March 13, 2017


How to Play Kings in the Corners Solitaire

from A Shareware Life

I have a new video, How to Play Kings in the Corners Solitaire.  This is the start of a new series of videos on how to play individual games.

 

 



March 10, 2017


Friday Kitten

from A Shareware Life

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March 09, 2017


New Version of Goodsol Solitaire 101

from A Shareware Life

We have released a new version of both the Windows and Mac Goodsol Solitaire 101. Goodsol Solitaire 101 is a collection of 101 of the most classic solitaire games.

The new Windows version is version 2.3 and contains bug fixes and improvements for Windows 10. The new Mac version is version 3.1 and contains bug fixes and improvements for macOS Sierra. Both versions can be downloaded from http://www.goodsol.com/101 or from within a previous version of the game by going to the internet menu, select "Download Latest Version".

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New Solitaire Game to Play Online: Red and Black

from A Shareware Life

Today I added the 122nd game to our online solitaire site: Red and Black.

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Episode 459: This Week and Last

from Casual Gamer Chick

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So, thanks to an untimely computer breakdown, last week’s episode could not be run in a timely manner. So, this double-length episode features an off-the-cuff discussion of videogames with no notes, with last week’s episode tacked on. There’s not much editing in the episode, due to the fact Jonah has to rush off to Boston to attend PAX East over the weekend.

Last week’s “news” includes:

  • Middle Earth: Shadow of War leaked then announced
  • Microsoft announces Netflix-style gaming for the Xbox One
  • Videogame industry lobbying to maintain “repair monopoly”
  • Microsoft plans to bring mixed reality to the Xbox in 2018

All this and some Listener Feedback

So, thanks to an untimely computer breakdown, last week’s episode could not be run in a timely manner. So, this double-length episode features an off-the-cuff discussion of videogames with no notes, with last week’s episode tacked on. There’s not much editing in the episode, due to the fact Jonah has to rush off to Boston to attend PAX East over the weekend. Last week’s “news” includes: Middle Earth: Shadow of War leaked then announced Microsoft announces Netflix-style gaming for the Xbox One Videogame industry lobbying to maintain “repair monopoly” Microsoft plans to bring mixed reality to the Xbox in 2018 All this and some Listener Feedback



March 08, 2017


Hero Siege: Quick Play Through Review

from Casual Game Guides

In Caleb's Corner this week, our intrepid gamer goes head to head with Hero Siege, an exciting adventure game with loads of content and intense battle play, perfect for the player who wants a taste of an MMO in a single player game. 




How to Download and Install Pretty Good Solitaire

from A Shareware Life

Here is a video explaining how to download and install Pretty Good Solitaire.



March 07, 2017


Is Every Game of Solitaire Winnable?

from A Shareware Life

Is every game of solitaire winnable?  The short answer is no.

It depends a great deal, however, on which game you are talking about, since there are many hundreds of different solitaire games.  A lot of the time, though, people asking this question are asking it of the game that is commonly called Solitaire, but is really the game Klondike, the game that comes with Windows.

So a better question is:

Is Every Game of Microsoft Solitaire Winnable?

The answer is No.  Many games are impossible and will block quickly.  Estimates vary, but the consensus is that between 79% and 92% of games are winnable (meaning between 8% and 21% cannot be solved), depending on the exact rules by which you play.

In Klondike in Pretty Good Solitaire, setting the rules to 3 card deal and KingOnly (only Kings allowed in spaces) would be the same game as Microsoft Solitaire.  Setting the rules to a 1 card deal and turning KingOnly off, however, results in very nearly every hand being winnable.

When referring to other games of solitaire, most people are interested in FreeCell.  So another question is:

Is Every Game of FreeCell Winnable?

The answer is No.  But in this case, it is close to yes.  Unwinnable games in FreeCell are very rare.  In fact, out of the first million games in Microsoft FreeCell (and also Pretty Good Solitaire), only the game numbers #11982, #146692, #186216, #455889, #495505, #512118, #517776, and #781948 are known to be unsolvable.  Beyond the first million deals, less is known about which deals are unsolvable, but of course more unsolvable game numbers exist.

Beyond FreeCell, a few other solitaire games have been studied for winnability.  For the most part, most games have unwinnable hands.  Spider, for example, while the vast majority of games appear winnable, has a few unwinnable possible hands.  Very few, if any, solitaire games are absolutely always winnable with every possible hand.

So, again, the general answer to the original question is no, not every solitaire game (or hand) is winnable.

 

 

 

 

 



March 06, 2017


Video Introduction to Pretty Good Solitaire

from A Shareware Life

Here is a video introduction to Pretty Good Solitaire (Windows):

 



March 03, 2017


Friday CatBlogging

from A Shareware Life

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March 02, 2017


New Online Solitaire Game: Will o the Wisp

from A Shareware Life

We have added a new solitaire game to our online solitaire site: Will o the Wisp.

This is the 121st online game added to the site.  In addition, the main page of the site has been redesigned.

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February 28, 2017


5 Close Alternatives to FreeCell

from A Shareware Life

FreeCell is one of the most popular solitaire games.   This is probably because a version of it has come with Windows for over 20 years, and also because nearly every game is winnable, but the game is often a challenge.

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How to Play FreeCell

 

But for some people FreeCell is too hard, and for others it is too easy.  Fortunately, Pretty Good Solitaire has a number of games that are very close the FreeCell but are easier or harder.  Here are a few of them.

 

1) Baker's Game

 

Baker's Game is actually an older game than FreeCell.  It is played exactly like FreeCell except that you build cards down by suit instead of down by alternate color.  This makes the game much harder, as there are fewer choices for each move.  Baker's Game blocks much more often than FreeCell and there are many more unwinnable games, but it provides more of a challenge to the expert player.

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How to Play Baker's Game

 

2) Challenge FreeCell

 

Challenge FreeCell is another game more difficult than the standard FreeCell.  In Challenge FreeCell, all of the Aces and Twos are dealt first to the bottom of the 8 tableau piles, then all the other cards are dealt out on top of them.  With the Aces and Twos completely buried, you have to clear all of the cards on top of them in order to get them out to start the foundation piles. This makes the game somewhat harder (although not nearly as hard as Baker's Game).

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How to Play Challenge FreeCell

 

3) Eight by Five

 

Eight by Five is an easier game than the regular FreeCell.  It is just like FreeCell, but instead of 4 free cells, it has 5.  This gives you an extra cell to store cards in and makes the game considerably easier.  If FreeCell is just too much of a challenge sometimes, you'll find that the extra cell makes many tough games easy.

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4) Three Cells

 

Three Cells is another game slightly harder than the regular FreeCell.  Instead of an extra cell, Three Cells takes one away.  As the name implies, it has only three cells.  One less space to store cards makes for a harder, more challenging game.

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5)  ForeCell

 

ForeCell is another old game that may pre-date FreeCell, as Baker's Game does.   ForeCell is just like FreeCell except four cards are dealt to the four cells at the start of the game, meaning that the player has to move them either to the foundations or into the 8 tableau piles in order to use the cells.  This again makes the game somewhat harder than regular FreeCell, at least at the beginning until the cells are cleared.

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How to Play ForeCell