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Microsoft Solitaire Collection Review

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A Game of Cards and Ads

Microsoft Solitaire Collection is a collection of solitaire games you can play.

I am going to review the game because I have some thoughts about it.

Game Review Information

I have played Solitaire across many apps and games over the years. It is one of my favorite games because of how simple Solitaire games are.

I specifically have played Microsoft Solitaire Collection for multiple years. Back when I used Windows, I played it on my computers. I have played the game for a while on my phone as well.

Gameplay Review

The Game Works Well

The rules are followed, and everything works as expected. There are many useful options and settings as well.

The Microsoft Solitaire Collection main menu.
Screenshot from Microsoft Solitaire Collection Android game.

There Are Multiple Solitaire Games to Play

All the popular Solitaire games are present. I play Klondike and Freecell most of the time.

I have seen some versions of the game have even more variants. But I think Microsoft Solitaire provide enough variants for most people.

There Are Many Events and Game Modes

The game has many extra features and events to keep you playing.

  • There are daily challenges you play for the entire month.
  • There are star club levels.
  • There are also event levels you can play.

Presentation Review

How the Game Looks

I like that are there are multiple decks and background options you can choose from. You can also make a theme and save it.

The game even has a cool looking retro theme. This theme makes the game look like an old Windows 95 game, and it is fun.

The Microsoft Solitaire Collection retro theme. It looks quite old.
Screenshot from Microsoft Solitaire Collection Android game.

I like that the game has a dark theme. I love dark themes in apps.

Klondike Solitaire in Microsoft Solitaire Collection.
Screenshot from Microsoft Solitaire Collection Android game.

Microsoft Solitaire Collection even has the silly game winning animations these games are known for. It is fun to see after winning levels, and I am glad that added in that detail.

The classic Microsoft Solitaire game-winning animation. Cards are bouncing around everywhere.
Screenshot from Microsoft Solitaire Collection Android game.

How the Game Sounds

The game sounds nice, I guess. I don’t worry too much about the sounds in a game like this, though. I often play games like this with my phone muted anyway.

How Does This Game Get You to Spend Money?

The Game Sells a Subscription

The game sells a premium service for $2 (USD) a month or $10 (USD) a year. Buying the service does several things.

  • Remove all ads.
  • You get to complete all daily challenges and get twice as many coins
  • You get to use the retro card back bundle.
The benefits of Microsoft Solitaire Collection premium.
Screenshot from Microsoft Solitaire Collection Android game.

What I Think About the Subscription

I suppose $10 (USD) a year is not too bad of a price. I spend more money yearly on plenty of things.

If you enjoy playing Microsoft Solitaire Collection, the cost might be worth it.

Having ads removed is very helpful.

I don’t see a reason to want to complete every daily challenge possible. The game already gives you plenty to do.

Needing to spend money to get card backs is greedy. Why gate something so simple like this?

What is funny is players can make their own card backs anyway. So you could easily replicate what these card backs are without spending money.

In Microsoft Solitaire Collection you can setup custom card backs.
Screenshot from Microsoft Solitaire Collection Android game.

Overall I feel the price for the subscription is OK. But I don’t think I would ever pay for it.

Is the Game Fair for Players Who Won’t Spend Money?

You get to play all versions of Solitaire for free, and nothing is locked away. The game is about as fair as you can get.

How Does This Game Annoy You?

The Game Shows Ads in Multiple Places

The game has banner ads while in menus and before starting levels. The game also sometimes shows video ads before starting a new level as well.

At least the game doesn’t show ads while you are playing it.

The AndroidGamingFox is angry and looks annoyed.

Taboola Ads Are Very Annoying

Microsoft Solitaire Collection has ads from Taboola. Taboola ads are very annoying and distracting. At least most ads are relevant. Taboola ads are random.

They make ads with the oddest pictures and titles. It is click-bait to the extreme, and it is all designed to get you to click on them.

The AndroidGamingFox is chewing a phone!

The ads I have seen in Microsoft Solitaire Collection seem a bit tamer compared to what I have seen on some other websites. But they are being serviced by the same company. So who knows what might show up in the future.

There Is No Easy Way to Remove Ads

What makes this situation even worse is that the only way to remove these ads is to pay the subscription. You can’t make a one time payment to remove all ads like in most mobile apps.

The game taunts you by putting red Xs on the tricking you into thinking you can close them. The game then brings up the subscription and asks you to buy it.

An annoying Taboola ad.
Screenshot from Microsoft Solitaire Collection Android game.
Who doesn't want to be like Scrooge McDuck and swim in gold coins!?
Picture from DuckTales. A cartoon made by Disney.

My Overall Thoughts On Microsoft Solitaire Collection

I like to play Microsoft Solitaire Collection, and it is a fun game with many things to do. But the game is soured by a weird subscription model and aggressive advertising.

Microsoft Solitaire Collection could have been a great game. But with this many negative elements, the game is below average. This game has elements that cause people to hate and dislike mobile games.

Do I Recommend People Play Microsoft Solitaire Collection?

Solitaire games are easy to make, and there are many of them. I would look for a better Solitaire game than this one. The game may look nice and be fun to play, but there are plenty of options.

I recommend Simple Solitaire Collection. You won’t get all the flashiness of Microsoft Solitaire Collection, but the game works well and has zero ads. Has more Solitaire variants as well.

Simple Solitaire Collection
Simple Solitaire Collection

Will I Keep Playing Microsoft Solitaire Collection?

I originally said no. But since I play the game on my computer, I might as well keep playing it on my phone too.