I remember playing Solitaire on our computer as a teenager. It was one of my favourite ways to pass the time when I was feeling a little bored or fed up! Back then, we didn’t have the gaming options that we have these days. We had dial-up internet that we couldn’t use if somebody was using the ‘phone and loading games could be incredibly slow. But solitaire, along with minesweeper, was always a firm favourite in our house.
One of the great things about card games is that as well as keeping us occupied, they provide great exercise for our brains. As a child, I remember my Dad was always really conscious that we took part in activities that helped our brains to develop and card games were a big part of that. But of course, traditional card games need at least two players, and that’s not always possible.
The beauty of online card games is that you can play them alone. This makes them a great way for both children and adults to keep their minds active and stave off boredom!
Solitaire is a game that can be played alone both with a real deck of cards and online, and these days there are even more different variants of the game available to try out. I didn’t know that many of these different types of solitaire even existed before I found them online.
I’ve recently been enjoying playing Troy Solitaire. The aim of the game is to get rid of all your card by pairing them up.
So in this image, I would be able to pair up the two 3s and uncover the cards beneath the 3 of spades. The aim of the game is to keep doing this until you’ve got rid of all of your cards. It’s a great twist on the traditional game of solitaire.
There are 50 levels on this particular version of the game, and each level has a different game layout, so it keeps it fresh and interesting.
These kinds of games are the games that I actively encourage our older children to play. I would much rather see them enjoying games like this that keep their brains active, than watch them playing any of the games they like to play on their games consoles.
As well as Troy Solitaire, the website I’ve been using offers a whole range of other online card and video games, and there’s something to suit every taste. I’ve really enjoyed exploring the range they have to play, and I’ve found them a great way to keep us busy whilst we’ve been spending more time at home due to Covid-19 restrictions!