Review by Mike Truitt
"The best free card game that comes with your PC not named Solitaire"
Freecell is a solitaire like cared game that should come equipped with every personal computer manufactured within the last few years. You must clear all of the cards from the bottom eight rows and sort them into four piles at the top. Like solitaire, each one of the piles has its own designated suit. There are many card games that a person can play on their computer, and FreeCell is, by far, one of the most challenging and addictive ones that you can play.
You, being trapped in some sort of card prison, must get your self out of the cell that you have been trapped in. In order for this to happen, you must arrange your cards numerically starting with the ace, from collumns at the bottom, which can be arranged starting with the King and then the Queen of the opposite color. When you get stuck, you are able to move up to four cards into one of the four ''free cells'' at the top left of the screen. Then you can pull them back down whenever you feel it necessary. Should you be victorious in your attempt, you will be asked one simple question, and you wish will be granted. Should you loose, however, you will be eternally stuck in this little green box for the rest of eternity, or until you hit the close button, which ever comes first.
For being a card game, the graphics are rather good, but when compared to many of the games that are already out for your PC, then it will get second place in the beauty contest, and will win a measly $10. The green background with the white cards allows for a contrast of colors, but not one so great this it huts your eyes to look at them for extended periods of time. The cards are an almost dead on match to those of real life. FreeCell is about as well done visually as you can get with a card game.
If you are having trouble with the speakers on your PC, then you should be able to recognise the sounds of FreeCell. For those who do have sound, click on you mouse every few seconds and listen closely, you should hear the beautiful sounds of FreeCell.
If there is one thing that the developers of FreeCell were able to perfect, it would have to be the ever-responsive controls. Click, move, click again. Once you learn how to do this, then you should have the controls mastered quite quickly.
Another impressive feature about FreeCell is the great gameplay. With over 20 frames per second, it is easily one of the slowest games that are still fun to play. If you are a fan of Shareware products, then you might notice a slight setup and speed difference in many of the different versions of this game, but every one of those versions is still increadibly fun to play. FreeCell is also one of the most addictive games that can be gotten for free once you buy a computer, and is not titled Solitaire.
If all that you have is the game that came with your computer, then FreeCell is the most challenging of all of the games that you have. No matter how many times you have played it, FreeCell will always present a challenge. You will always be faced with the same dilemas that you have before. FreeCell also comes equipped with an incredibly 32000 games, plus 2 more hidden so it isn't likely that you will play the same game over and over.
If you like to be challenged mentally, then you will get much enjoyment out of this game. If not, then FreeCell is one of the most frustrating games that you can play. FreeCell is one of the best entertaining card games out there.
With over 32000 setups, FreeCell is not short on replay value. Although you can not play it for hours at a time, you will never get tired of playing this game.
In conclusion, FreeCell is a great game that just about anybody will be able to play and enjoy. Weather it is your first time playing, or you are a well trained veteran, FreeCell will always be a great game.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 12/28/01, Updated 12/28/01
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