We suspect this is an Xmas gift to Windows Phone users
We can’t actually find a direct reference to why Microsoft Studios has suddenly released a bunch of popular games including Solitaire for Windows Phone (WP8) users on December 27th . But who wouldn’t suspect it’s been done as an Xmas present to loyal customers? It’s tough luck for WP 7.8 users, though. Anyway, as they have been designed by Microsoft Studios itself, they fall in the Xbox games category. So you can earn points and achievements, plus your scores will show up on leaderboards. The apps also let users track their game stats easily. Now that these games have effectively gone social, layers can compete with their friends, too. Besides Solitaire, there’s also Mahjong and Minesweeper.
The key feature of these redesigned titles is the fact that they can now be synced across devices.
That means that if you start playing the game on a desktop PC (at work!), you can pause the game then resume it again on a portable device (like a smartphone or tablet) whilst on the train home.
Solitaire which has been around for more than 20 years, is probably the ‘most-played computer game’ in existence.
The drawback is that Microsoft Studios has thrown in variation of Solitaire such as Variations such as FreeCell, Klondike, Pyramid, Spider and TriPeaks which make it difficult to spot the classic design most people are used to.
Anyway, go to the Windows Phone store (Marketplace) and try to download them from here.
It didn’t work for GoMo News, of course, because we’re still using a Windows Phone 7.8 (WP7.8) device – the Nokia Lumia 800.