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Klondike Forever for Mac

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With its improved graphics and retained gameplay, Klondike Forever for Mac offers a challenging and graphically appealing adaptation of the all-time favorite solitaire game. This game will definitely be an upgrade over other, similar solitaire games.

Klondike Forever for Mac's main menu was well designed, although its lack of text labels made it a little difficult to figure out. After some trial and error, the functions are easy to use and navigate. Several of the buttons link to outside applications, mostly additional puzzle and solitaire games, available for download. The game, itself, operates as expected from a solitaire game, where clicking and dragging moves the cards around. When aces appear, the game automatically shifts them, and any low cards in order, to the top. This saves a number of unnecessary moves and makes the gameplay move quickly. Players can reset easily with a button on the top right whenever they want. Additional gameplay options, such as the number of re-deals allowed, can also be changed. The window can also be changed to take up the entire screen, or just a portion.

For solitaire players, the basic games available have advanced little in the last 10 to 15 years. Klondike Forever for Mac aims to change this. This download would definitely be a good addition for those looking for an improved solitaire game.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great... the greatest ever.
    Great....the best ever!"

    August 7, 2011  |   By waldstille

    Version: Klondike Forever 1.3.6

    Pros

    It is very clear, bright and FAST. Also you are not constantly frustrated as with some others (such as Full Deck Solitaire). It is the best ever, the best I've ever seen. On top of all that, it is free. What more can one wish?

    Cons

    Nothing at all.

    Summary

    This is the best solitaire app I've ever seen, all things considered. It is Klondite Forever is easy for the eyes (bright and clear), for the mind (it responds quickly and moves cards through clicks: many apps, e.g. Full Deck Solitaire, are slow and you waste time moving the cards manually, which is frustrating in itself).) and for the heart (you don't always get frustrating hands as with some apps, and you get an applause when you win). I've never seen anything as good, and in fact can't imagine anything better.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "works very well"

    June 17, 2011  |   By paulklevberg

    Version: Klondike Forever 1.3.6

    Pros

    Nice interface and graphics

    Cons

    none really

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to play. Continues to challenge."

    June 4, 2011  |   By Theodore Streibert

    Version: Klondike Forever 1.3.6

    Pros

    Looks good.

    Cons

    Command-M, which turns on sading for the next move, to close to Command-N which is for a new game.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Fun with lots of action"

    April 5, 2011  |   By dclaire31

    Version: Klondike Forever 1.3.5

    Pros

    easy to pick up, colorful, lots of movement & "card" sounds

    Cons

    sometimes seems a bit too busy

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  • 3.0 stars

    "good game."

    October 2, 2010  |   By oldman#54

    Version: Klondike Forever 1.3.5

    Pros

    na.......................

    Cons

    na.....................

    Summary

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Images were incomplete, commands did not function"

    October 14, 2009  |   By profdifficile

    Version: Klondike Forever 1.3.5

    Pros

    Nothing -- could'nt use it.

    Cons

    Please See above

    Summary

    see above

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Graphically Pleasing!"

    May 27, 2009  |   By tyee77

    Version: Klondike Forever 1.3.4

    Pros

    After seeing some other solitaires that excel at simplicity (there's a place for that), I was glad to find this program which provides an interesting visual environment. If the animation doesn't appeal, you can turn it off in the game options!

    Cons

    Not much. Maybe the odd low res graphic? (most are just fine)

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Cheesy, annoying and just plain stupid."

    May 13, 2009  |   By JermTOOL

    Version: Klondike Forever 1.3.4

    Pros

    Klondike solitaire

    Cons

    Ugly, annoying, cheesy, game from like 1990

    Summary

    Unless you are absolutely desperate to play solitaire, I do not recommend this game. Should you download, I'm fairly certain you would agree.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Well designed and thought out."

    March 9, 2008  |   By dsrussell

    Version: Klondike Forever 1.1.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Klondike Forever is an extremely attractive (almost beautiful) and well-designed game. What's most surprising is that this is freeware, not shareware. This game also gives you a taste of what their shareware product, "Solitaire Forever" would be like (an almost endless supply of solitaire games). Yes, I plan on purchasing Solitaire Forever very soon.

    The board and card layout is nothing less than outstanding. Large, natural and easy to read card faces (the same as the Bicycle decks that you'd buy -- familiar and drawn to perfection). I can't tell you how many solitaire games I've trashed just because the card faces are silly, or busy, or they try to be unique and fancy, only to be difficult to read. Another big plus are the sound effects. They seem spot on (most never get this quite right). I play with all of the wiz-bang animated effects turned off (far too busy and distracting for my tastes). However, I do like the way the cards flip. Not only does it perform this smoothly, it is also entertaining to watch.

    The game layout (looks like the cards are placed on a piece of glass that is leaned against a green background) is shown at a slight angle and perspective (similar to the view one gets from actually playing a real game of solitaire). This enhances the entire look and feel. I immediately fell in love with the looks and felt right at home. And as one adds cards to a growing pile, the pile adjusts smoothly and nicely to keep all the cards on the game (glass) board. For a very fluid and quick game of Solitaire (on my G4 running Tiger, no less), this one just can't be beat. The designers knew what they were doing and what was important (once one turns off the additional effects -- of course, many may like these effects).

    I do have a minor complaint or two. While the preferences are beautifully designed as well, it is accessed by one button (the only button icon on the playing screen) that takes you to a separate preference screen. I would have liked to have seen a few basic control icons at the game level (although there are adjustments one can make in the menu bar). More significantly, while it does play very smoothly, it does so without anything else activating or working in the background. It seems to suck up all the computing cycles.

    One additional note: I've looked and tried out dozens of solitaire games (yeah, all the big ones), and the only other one I've found that compares to Klondike and / or Solitaire Forever is the beautiful shareware game, "Hardwood Solitaire III". It has soothing, beautiful background music that you just won't find anywhere else (that enhances an already gorgeous background and visual effects). Both games are must haves for me.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Too much eye candy"

    October 12, 2006  |   By atari7800mod

    Version: Klondike Forever 1.1.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Yes, it's pretty. But it gets old quick and can become irritating. The most distracting of the animations can be turned off (background anims, card back anims, "fireflies") but it still does card flips regardless, and even the static background is irritating after a while. If you just want something to look cute for a while, it's great. If you want to sit and play for a long time, find something more pedestrian and less likely to induce headaches.

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