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Solitaire XL for Mac

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Solitaire XL is the Mac version of the built-in Windows application that lets you play card games on your computer. It might seem simplistic when compared with other games, but we found it very easy to use, and the app takes up very little space.

Solitaire XL has a very simple but well-designed interface with a few customization options to adjust the size of the cards and the background. It has a built-in Help file that will guide you through the app, but most will be able to skip this and start playing right away. We didn't find any groundbreaking features but the app will display your highest scores so you can see if you're getting any better. There isn't more on offer here, but this simple app is free and takes just a few megabytes of your computer storage space.

Overall, Solitaire XL looks good and works well, but it isn't something you'd play over and over again unless you didn't have any other games to play. Still, if you really love solitaire or just need something to distract you for a bit, this app is free and easy to use.

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  • All versions:

    3.6 stars

    out of 30 votes

    • 5 star: 10
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 8
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 1
  • Current version:

    3.5 stars

    out of 24 votes

    • 5 star: 6
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 3.0 stars

    "Great free solitaire, but unusable with Mavericks"

    October 23, 2013  |   By bobwmunich

    Version: Solitaire XL 1.1.8

    Pros

    Very pleasant easy-to-use solitaire implementation.

    Cons

    On a MacBook with retina display cards are enlarged 4 times, so that you only see upper left quarter of the card. During first game after opening some cards are unrecognisable (you have to try all possible plays each time). During second and subsequent games cards are ok.

    Just installed Mavericks and the game is unfortunately unplayable. Shame really, but for the price you can't really complain.

    Summary

    Nice free solitaire implementation but not usable with Mavericks.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "My favorite Solitaire Game"

    January 1, 2013  |   By oldsoldier38

    Version: Solitaire XL 1.1.8

    Pros

    Graphics are well done. It is a simple game in real life and is the same in this software. There are no unnecessary sounds, music, etc. to distract one from playing the game. Personally, I have a good smooth jazz station playing in the background on my iTunes.

    Cons

    What is the purpose of this The "requested URL /gbm1.1.8.html was not found on this server.

    Apache/2.2.15 (Fedora) Server at lavacat.com Port 80" ??? And the "Visit lavacat.com button take you to a website with one word, "test". Why? And, though I do not track my scores, my previous version (Version 1.1.7 (1.1.8 Copyright 2005 Lavacat Software) kept one's highest scores and displayed them in a data window. So players that wish to keep track would probably like this feature.

    Summary

    All in all, a great game with great graphics and fun to play.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "totally addicting!"

    December 31, 2012  |   By 2pat

    Version: Solitaire XL 1.1.8

    Pros

    very easy to play, nothing fancy-no weird rules. now have it on all my macs

    Cons

    can't find any fault with it.

    Summary

    best free game I ever downloaded.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This was my favourite Solitaire game on all my Macs."

    September 26, 2012  |   By gumnut88

    Version: Solitaire XL 1.1.8

    Pros

    Large size, choice of solid background, attractive graphics, good preferences. All good.

    Cons

    Suddenly can't use it (v1.1.8 on MacBook Pro). Weird fragmented images are showing like multiple tiny superimposed windows in a tall column. Card dealing is totally broken. The lavacat website link is broken and I'm getting my emails returned from support@lavacat.com. I hope this doesn't mean lavacat no longer exists.

    Summary

    Devastating to find that my favourite game is now useless. Hope I find out how to get it back. Google searches haven't come up with anything similar to what I'm experiencing.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Exactly what I was looking for!"

    January 9, 2012  |   By vlugo91

    Version: Solitaire XL 1.1.8

    Pros

    Easy to use
    Sleek hovering design
    Personalization(add your own photo to the cards)
    Can play while chatting
    It's not impossible to win lol

    Cons

    Can't think of any....

    Summary

    I was looking for a game that I can casually play on my Mac, and I found this. It has way more than what I expected in a Solitaire Program.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Please see below!"

    November 7, 2011  |   By demonvoicebox

    Version: Solitaire XL 1.1.8

    Pros

    Free, and that's about all!

    Cons

    Dull and boring! There have been no improvements or upgrades to this game now for many months/years.
    Cannot seem to be able to get in touch with Lavacat Customer Service.
    No links at all to Lavacat website, which leads me to conclude that Lavacat no longer exists!
    There are better Solitaire games out there that are free or not too expensive if having to pay, therefore I will now be ditching Lavacat Solitaire off my system and moving on to a more modern and up to date Solitaire game for Mac!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good value for the price."

    October 17, 2011  |   By crew777dog

    Version: Solitaire XL 1.1.8

    Pros

    Large size display
    Free
    Simple game, simple rules

    Cons

    Will not display high scores
    Always broken link back to Lavacat.com
    Occasional glitches during play: cards will not move or stay on screen after moving

    Summary

    Not quite ready for prime time

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Seems like a port from Windows"

    July 11, 2011  |   By cwscott--2008

    Version: Solitaire XL 1.1.8

    Pros

    + Lion Compatible

    Cons

    - Its no Solitaire 'til Dawn

    Summary

    I will run it in Lion until Intel version of Solitaire 'til Dawn is available

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  • 3.0 stars

    "simple handling, good background"

    June 10, 2011  |   By shriranga_wirth

    Version: Solitaire XL 1.1.8

    Pros

    rules are simple, as is the program
    the invisible background is a great feature, with which you can quickly change to other applications
    good graphics as well

    Cons

    one big con: the program doesn't show if there is no move possible anymore

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Simple and fun"

    April 9, 2011  |   By Donnaco

    Version: Solitaire XL 1.1.8

    Pros

    easy to use

    Cons

    can't undo moves

    Summary

    good especially for free

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