Solitaire Antics includes 21 variations of the basic game of solitaire, ranging from easy to difficult. Some games you might have heard of before, such as Klondike, Four Seasons, Yukon and Canfield. The rest you will probably not have heard of, such as Ant's Solitaire, Aces Out, Aces Up, Agnes, Auld Lang Syne, Calculation, Carpet, Chameleon, Demon, Double or Quits, Easthaven, Fascination, Fortune's Favor, Golf, Simplicity, Storehouse, and Thumb and Pouch. The rules for each game are included and can be accessed at any time during play. Easier and harder variants of each game are included, as well as a bonus game called "Royal Family," which has additional animations.
Solitaire Antics allows you to choose from one of four decks, including a standard deck, a Mayan-influenced deck and a Tarot-style deck. You can choose your desktop background as well. Some of the backgrounds included can be awfully distracting, so it's best to stick to a sedate background if you are trying to learn one of the Solitaire variations.
As you play, occasionally animations of ants will appear on the desktop below your cards, either water skiing, skating, boating, dancing, or biking. Other animations appear when you successfully finish the game, including ants doing the old soft-shoe, ants in marching bands, and ants dancing like Rockettes. The game "Royal Family" includes a whole different set of animations and is intended mostly for kids.
If you have young children in the house, this game is an excellent way to teach them the game of Solitaire, but adults will be equally tickled by the animations, or will have the option of turning them off. If you are looking for a way to pass the time, this game is an excellent way to fill the gap.
Graphics: The graphics are surprisingly good, though there aren't very many of them. They repeat often.
Sound: The sound fits the animations to a T.
Enjoyment: Younger kids will really enjoy this game, and even adults will find it a good way to pass the time.
Replay Value: The animations repeat pretty often, but you can turn them off. The easier and more difficult variations on each game give you three times the playing pleasure.
Masque Solitaire Antics is a compilation of single player card games that was later added to and released as Solitaire Antics Deluxe .
The collection contains the following solitaire games; Royal Family, Ant's Solitaire, Aces Out, Aces Up, Agnes, Auld Lang Syne, Calculation, Canfield, Carpet, Chamelion, Demon, Double or Quits, Easthaven, Fascination, Fortune's Favor, Golf, Klondike, Simplicity, Storehouse, Thumb and Pouch and Yukon. Each game has its own help screen which explains the rules, and can be played in three levels of difficulty: normal, easier or harder.
When loaded the game will start at a random game which the player can either play or choose another game from the collections menu. All card games are played using the mouse.
At some points during the game, notably when a game ends, an animated ant appears on-screen.
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