Solitaire That is a Blast to Play

Solitaire That is a Blast to Play


I was a day-one purchaser of the iPad. I couldn’t wait for it to replace my computer – I would be able to sit in front of the TV and do work at the same time. I’m sure you thought the same thing when you got your first tablet. It started out that way, but once we realized the limitations of the device it became the next best thing:  a dedicated web browser and game machine! But unlike a PC which came with Minesweeper, Pinball and Solitaire, games were sparse at that time. Oh sure there were a few from the iPhone that were reasonably playable on the stretched screen, but ones designed to take advantage of the iPad’s larger screen were slow to trickle out.

That is not the case today where we have 100’s of thousands of apps to choose from. Finding the next game you want to play is like hunting for the proverbial “needle in a haystack”. I was recently given the opportunity to try out a new offering that I think you’ll enjoy. No, it’s not another “match three gems in a row” or “build your own farm/city/etc.”, but a twist on the classic game of Solitaire. See for yourself:

Fairway Solitaire is the App Store’s top-grossing Solitaire game and Fairway Solitaire Blast is a follow-up to this popular app. Now you have power-ups that help you clear difficult cards as well as the ability to compete against your friends on the leaderboard.

See the new Fairway Solitaire Blast from Big Fish Games - SahmReviews.comIf you haven’t played Fairway Solitaire don’t fret. The rules are very easy to pick up. See that Jack in the bottom-center of your screen? That’s your card pile. A valid play is a Queen or a Ten. Pick that Ten and now you need another Jack or a Nine. Pretty simple, right?

See the new Fairway Solitaire Blast from Big Fish Games - SahmReviews.comBut that was just an easy screen. Here you see it look more like the Solitaire you know and love (or even Mahjong). Some cards can only be reached once the card above them is used. Your goal of course is to clear the screen completely of all cards.

Fairway Solitaire Blast - 3And this is where the power ups come into play. Rather than relying on the luck of the draw, there are various power cards that zap/burn/etc. cards in the play field. Use them wisely to maximize their power!

See the new Fairway Solitaire Blast from Big Fish Games - SahmReviews.comThe more efficient your play, the higher your score for that round. Each round is represented by a hole on a golf course – compare your score with the scores of your friends!

The animations and sound are fantastic and give you just enough game play to make you want to come back for more and do a little better. The further you get into the game the more things you unlock to add excitement to the round. The first few holes are rather easy to introduce you to the game, but after about round 5 or 6 you can feel the boards getting progressively harder. Enough so that I was looking for a “Mulligan” button!

Here’s the good news. The game is available starting TODAY for all of your mobile devices. With all games of this type it is usually suggested to get it first and fast so you can stay ahead of your friends! I’m sure you have other Big Fish Games apps on your devices so follow them on Facebook and Twitter to see what else they have in the pipeline!

Do you have another Big Fish Game favorite app? If not, what is your go-to game?


About Scott

A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as, and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

54 comments on «Solitaire That is a Blast to Play»

  1. It sounds like a really cool game, but alas – I don’t have an iPad. I bet my husband would spend HOURS playing, too, so maybe it’s a good thing.

    1. Scott says:

      Available for iPhone and Android devices too – you have no excuse! 😉

  2. This sounds like another game that one can get addicted to.

  3. Joanne says:

    Wow, this looks awesome and I am downloading it right now. I can’t wait to play. You have convinced me.

  4. ooo, I hate you for telling me about this. I can already tell that I am going to be addicted!

    1. Scott says:

      So today we went to get the oil changed, and there was Nicole sitting in the waiting room playing it (and cursing at me). So much better than those jewel games.

  5. I love playing games like these! Big Fish Games is known for some of the most interactive games ever!

  6. Veronica says:

    I have to admit that I do not play any form of games. I just don’t really enjoy that stuff. My kids on the other hand….. I will probably get this for my 12 year old

  7. Rosey says:

    I bet this could get addictive (in a good way) fast. 🙂 I like how bright the colors are, they make me want to get in there and play.

  8. becca says:

    Now this is a game i would enjoy i really like solitaire.

  9. Liz Mays says:

    I had forgotten how much I enjoyed Solitaire until I started playing this. It’s fun!

  10. Erica says:

    This looks like such a fun app! I’m going to go download this right now! Thanks!

  11. I love Big Fish! I’ve been a member of the club for a couple of years!

  12. Pam says:

    This looks like a fun app! I have always liked playing solitaire.

  13. Looks like a fun and addictive game.

  14. This is a game I would love to play, problem being that even though we have tablets, iPads and smart phones, I never have possession of them long enough to play anything. My kids hoard all of them – even my phone.

  15. Annie says:

    I love playing Solitaire! I love more of the old school versions 🙂

  16. I love solitaire, but haven’t played it in years. want to play it now

  17. not much a games player my son has them on my phone and tablet but for me i never have time

  18. My tablet is an android. I agree that a tablet is no replacement for a computer but I have found there are things I can do on my tablet that aren’t nearly as easy to do on a computer. It’s really nice to be able to do most of my social networking on the tablet but if I have to type much, I need a computer. Touch screens are just not for me when it comes to typing.

  19. OMG I cant even look at this game or I will be a junkie. I love solitaire.

  20. Amanda says:

    I will have to download this to my tablet! I bought it for work and ironically I don’t usually like to ‘work’ on it so most of the time it just sits there doing nothing. This may change that! 🙂

  21. AS if I don’t have enough games that I’m currently playing on my iPhone!! LOL Solitaire is one of the most addictive games I ever played. I used to play it all the time when I was younger. I haven’t tried this new version of the game though, will have to check it out!

  22. Lawna says:

    I haven’t got into playing any games yet. I hear so much good stuff about them though, so I think I may just have to start playing them first, and I will start with a Big Fish game!

  23. This will be perfect for my husband because he likes to play cards and always hunting for new games. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Yay, I’m so glad to see it’s available for Android! I love playing solitaire.

  25. This game looks like so much fun. I think that my whole family would love it.

  26. An old household game with a twist! I love the idea of it.

  27. This app seems a lot of fun – have to try it out!

  28. Tasha says:

    I love big fish games and I love Solitaire! Definitely downloading this! 🙂

  29. I love this game! I’ve always been a fan of golf solitaire, and the power ups make this one so much fun to play.

  30. Jenn says:

    This would be a big no no for me on my phone….I LOVE solitaire, could get nothing else done for the day 😉

  31. Roechelle says:

    Solitaire has gotten me through many bored nights in 🙂 soo easy to get hooked on it

  32. diane says:

    I love solitaire! And I am always looking for ways to keep entertained on my ipad!

  33. Oh no! Another game my husband can get addicted to lol! He loves golf & solitaire, so…

  34. This looks like a really fun game! It is always great to see new apps you can use for fun.

  35. cindy b says:

    Wow I use to play this game all the time! Been a long time!

  36. Shauna says:

    You know, I have been so bored with card games lately. This could be just what I need. Thanks so much

  37. Jessica says:

    I don’t really have time to play games any more, but love the bright colors in it.

  38. Raijean says:

    I’ve always loved a good game! Looks like fun.

  39. It has been so long since I played Solitaire. This looks like a blast!

  40. CouponDiva says:

    I’m CouponDiva – and I love the new Solitaire Blast! 😀

  41. Debi says:

    I love Big Fish Games. I have gotten a ton of games from them,

  42. This looks a lot more fun than any solitaire I’ve ever played.

  43. Rhonda says:

    I wish I had not read this post. I have work to do and chores to do at home. If I start playing this game I will be useless. Thanks for sharing!

  44. That looks like a fun game to play. I love playing solitaire.

  45. I have an iPhone… I also have a solitaire addiction! This game looks amazing! I tend to get bored with the games quickly on my iPhone but this one looks so good!

  46. Kungphoo says:

    I Love to play solitaire.. I like the fact that there are different ways of the game now.

  47. That looks like fun, but if I keep downloading all these cool apps I’m going to run out of room in no time, I swear! lol Still trying to get over my Candy Crush addiction over here 😉

  48. April says:

    Looks like a fun game I will have to try out! I love solitaire and play often on my phone. I don’t have a tablet yet.

  49. Sounds fun! Not so sure I should try it though. I’m afraid I’ll get addicted! 🙂

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