Inspired by classic games like TV Sports Football, Front Page Sports Football, and Fairway Solitaire, Gridiron Solitaire combines football strategy with a solitaire-style card game for a new sports game experience. Lead your team to the Gridiron Bowl Championship!Features a game world with almost unlimited depth.
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Release Date: Jan 21, 2014

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Inspired by classic games like TV Sports Football, Front Page Sports Football, and Fairway Solitaire, Gridiron Solitaire combines football strategy with a solitaire-style card game for a new sports game experience. Lead your team to the Gridiron Bowl Championship!

Features

  • a game world with almost unlimited depth. Create a 16 team, fully customizable league, then play for up to 30 seasons. Each league evolves differently over time.
  • guide your team through a 15 game regular season + playoffs. Before each game, choose to play or sim ahead to the next week.
  • enjoy the drama of professional football in an intense, 20-minute package. Unique gameplay combines football strategy with card play, and includes thousands of possible text events to influence the action.
  • behind the scenes is a quality sim. Real NFL data is used in every aspect of the game.
  • experience roaring crowds and dynamic sounds in a true football atmosphere. 8 hand-crafted stadiums create a vibrant and colorful game world.
  • detailed weather database has custom weather profiles for hundreds of American and Canadian cities. Rain/snow are possible, and both affect
    gameplay.
  • after each game you play, see a customized newspaper headline based on your performance (with over a thousand possible combinations).
  • offseason mini-game gives you a chance to improve your team's ratings, and team ratings matter in every aspect of the game.
  • visit the team museum to review past seasons and see all-time franchise leaders.
  • custom difficulty levels let you tailor your experience from casual to the ultimate challenge.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP or later
    • Processor: Single-core processor 2.5 GHz+ OR Dual-core processor 1.5 GHz+
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 Compatible Graphics Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 165 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: ***This game requires Windows Media Player to play video and audio files!****
    Recommended:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® 7 or later
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Mostly Positive (60 reviews)
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Bad Luck Gamer
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 28
It was a little hard for me to understand at first, but once I did. I thoroughly enjoy the game. It keeps you interested and wanting to play more. The season mode is very deep an and stats are realistic. I love it.
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Zeke Hinton
( 12.6 hrs on record )
Posted: December 27, 2015
This game has a short learning curve, and is unbelievably fun. And I know this may sound a little crazy, but it really does have a football feel to it! The damn thing is addictive too! I'm sitting in my living room with the intentions of watching Sunday Night Football and I look up at one point and 3/4 of the Vikings - Giants game is already in the books! The developer has done a hell'va job. One other thing - I wrote the developer, because I had a few questions. I was hoping to get a response on Monday, or Tuesday. He went above and beyond and wrote me back within a hour of me sending my email! If you like cards and football buy this game - you won't regret it.
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Ayako
( 9.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 10, 2015
Never has solitaire evoked such emotion.

It could use more customization for league/playoff structure. (Number of teams, games, etc.)
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Kaijudo
( 21.7 hrs on record )
Posted: October 11, 2015
This game is great! It's just what I was looking for. I wanted a sports game with a card mechanic. I tried the Big Win games but they didn't do it for me. Like everyone has been saying, This game feels like real football. I just had an epic match today. I was a team I made up called New York Raiders. the score was 35 to 37 (or 38) they won by a field goal. It was a brutal match. I had a few sacks and they had a few key turn overs. I hope the Dev's do more of these and add the other sports like Basketball, Soccer, Baseball, Boxing ect. Also I wonder if you can do a multiplayer version.
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Feeze
( 43.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15, 2015
I've played this game for almost 40 hours now and it can best be summed up in two sentences: "It is what it is. No more, no less." It's literally a game where you match up cards, hope that the RNG (Random Number Generator) is good and try and out score your opponent. Most of the time it does seem that the RNG is definitely NOT on your side, especially when you're on defense or it's late in the game and you're trying to mount a comeback or stave off one. If you're looking for a good time waster and/or a game that you can play without thinking to hard, this is for you. However, anyone looking for a true tactical and/or a true American football like experience you'll be mightily disappointed.
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wjdelt
( 13.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24, 2015
Gridiron Football is card solitare that attempts to simulate a football game. After watching a short cute video about the game, you can choose some options then begin. At the main screen, you will see all of the teams available along with their strengths and weaknesses. After choosing (and even renaming) your team you begin the game / season.

You are presented with a choice of choosing a running or passing play. Both options are there regardless if you are on offense or defense. If you hear "Break" you outsmarted them and the less yardage you have to get / block....if you hear a tackle sound, they guessed correctly and you need to get / block more yardage. Then you see red & black football player cards of differing numbers (they range from 1 - 13). Your objective is to take a red (or black) card & pair it with the nearest number of the opposing color. IOW a Red 3 can take a Black 2 or Black 4...Black 9 can take a Red 8 or Red 10...and so on. The more matches in a row you can make, the further down the field you go or the more yardage you block your opponent.

There is more to the game, including an offseason mini game to improve stats, a Big Play button which gives you either another card to help you or an event which can either help or hurt, weather affecting play, home field advantage, playoffs...etc.

Likes

Tension of making tough decisions on plays (do I end the play & let him get the 15 yards or risk a Big Play and hope for a card / action to help stop him.

Big Play button giving you at least one extra chance to stop or increase the yardage

Wishes:

- The 4 NFL league (NFC N & S and AFC N & S (their GFC equivilents of course)) Right now there are only 2 divsions
- When you are able to get a penalty on them / receive one, I'd like to see text of what the penalty was...adds more realism.

I will edit this review with other Likes, Wishes, Cons as I play more & especially as I finish my first season and experience the offseason mode.

Gridiron Solitaire is a fun solitaire game that really does do a fine job of simulating an American football game. The developer is continuing to work on the game and is responsive to suggestions from the community. I look forward to see how the game develops. On the graphical surface, $9.99 may seem like a lot for a solitaire game...but considering it is much more than a matching card game in that it has random elements, strategy by you & the AI, events that can alter the outcome of plays...I'd say the price is very fair.
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A GIANT PARSNIP
( 67.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22, 2015
Fun game that nails the feeling of football while being very simple. You may just be clicking cards, but you'll quickly find yourself on the edge of your seat trying to convert on 3rd and long or trying to stop your opponent on 3rd and short. You'll leap for joy when you run back a kickoff for a touchdown or when your defense gets an instant sack. You'll find yourself managing the clock, trying to run down the game when you have a comfortable lead, or sprinting across the field with a pass heavy attack when you're down by two scores with the 4th quarter winding down.

It's amazing how much emotion this game can pull up from clicking on cards. If you're a fan of football you will have a lot of fun with this game - it's well worth the normal price of $10, and it's an absolute steal if it's on sale at all.
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Servant of God
( 54.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1, 2015
Great Combo Football & Solitaire! Who Knew!
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chriskessel
( 26.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 18, 2015
It's akin to Fairway Solitaire. The football mechanics are more relevant though than the golf is to Fairway Solitaire as you've got real decisions about run vs. pass given yard and down. The big play mechanics throw a bit of resource management into it.

It's absolutely not a football simulation though. It's a solitaire game with an extra layer on it. It's also something you can sit down and play for 15-20 minutes and complete a game, so it's a great option when you've got a short time to fill.
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Dr. Professor ShootBang
( 11.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 4, 2015
How the developer managed to turn a simple concept--playing football through the power of solitaire--into a game I've already invested 11+ hours into is beyond me. All I know is that Gridiron Solitaire WORKS, pure and simple.

I'd highly recommend the game and supporting the developer. Can't wait to see what comes next!
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Terance Baggins
( 9.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 31, 2014
Comparing Gridiron Solitare to Front Page Sports Football is akin to comparing Cruis'n USA to Gran Tourismo. Shame on you Bill and Eli Productions.
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FiFo.NutleyBoy
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: December 29, 2014
This is quite a simple idea that works well.
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LETS GO TIGERS
( 22.0 hrs on record )
Posted: December 7, 2014
very fun and relaxing game to play when you are stressed or just need something easy to play :-)
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Raegan Ren
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: October 19, 2014
Biggest piece of ♥♥♥♥ I've ever played, usually I love solitaire style games. This is one is ♥♥♥♥ing dreadful though, I've tried it multiple times and never managed to stick with it. The game is entirely based on luck, you may as well just click a button and get an RNG to tell you whether you won or lost. I really want to like this game, it's the only American Football game I own and I want to enjoy it! God damn it. This game sucks so hard.
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Stop Pre (Gul)
( 62.6 hrs on record )
Posted: October 12, 2014
Needed to +1 this game for a while. I enjoyed it at release but the most recent patch I think has hit the nail on the head for balance. I love cards and the strategy involved with the football element is very fun and keeps you playing. Dev is constantly on the look out for any ideas or fixes. Price may seem high for what appears to be a simple card game but it really is worth the price for the effort put into it.
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Smelty
( 33.5 hrs on record )
Posted: September 11, 2014
Well another update that kills a game, now My team fumbles about 50% of the punt returns, also when my team fumbles on offence I never recover , its always a turnover, yet if the computer team fumbles, it recovers the ball. Not saying the game is total ruin now , but sure isnt as fair as it used to be.. oh well , time to find a better football game. dont waste your money.
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cowell547
( 710.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30, 2014
This was one of my favorite games, until they improved it. They improved the improvement. I am back to loving this game. Sorry it took so long to get back. I play at least twice a day. Great game, great price.
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darkranger29
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1, 2014
This is a great game if you like playing fantasy football and want to kill some time. You don't need to spend a lot of time on individual sessions, but it helps in the long run. I'm interested how the game will progress as you go through the off season mode. This seems like a game I will enjoy during the football offseason.
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statnut
( 43.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26, 2014
Very fun. Easy game mechanic to learn, similar to solitaire but with some strategy involved. Games typically take 20 minutes to play.
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thomasjosephhaitsma
( 14.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24, 2014
A blast to play! Combines solitaire and football into one exciting package. Plus the developer is a committed, awesome guy - his blog 'dubious quality' is a pleasure to read and enjoy. Awesome experience - with the added depth of long-term team management, increased difficulty levels and other nice tweaks. Couldn't be happier with my purchase - A Perfect Short Game - play over lunch break - when you have 15-20 min - you'll love it, and it never gets old! Thanks Bill Harris!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2015
Never has solitaire evoked such emotion.

It could use more customization for league/playoff structure. (Number of teams, games, etc.)
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41 of 45 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 22, 2014
This is a card solitaire game in which matching cards allows your offense or defense to do their job in the game. Match enough and you'll have the forward motion you need for a first down on offense. On defense, you'll stop the opposing player's advance.

Having to draw a card carries the possibility of a "Big Play", a short text event that can end the play or change it significantly. And it might not end in your favor! Your draws are unlimited on offense, with a high possibility of a Big Play, but on defense you have a limited number, with a lower possibility of the play ending suddenly. This makes for an interesting dynamic, with poor play leading to even good defenses collapsing. The mechanic forces you to allow your opponent some gains, and hopefully you can hold them to less than they need for a first down without drawing.

Another mechanic has you attempting to guess your opponent's play call (run or pass, it's not complicated) before each play. Each team has stats for running, passing, special teams and the like, so you can predict somewhat how they will play. If you guess correctly, you get an extra card slot for the play, which is a big advantage.

Teams are tracked through a season and rated relative to each other. Don't pick a weak team hoping to play it up, at least not to start with. That's a sure path to disappointment.

There are three difficulty levels, which affect the basic yard totals for plays based on your play guessing, and this is a solitaire game, so no multiplayer.

The football mechanics are notional - you need forty yards to complete a first down. Why? Because this helps shorten the game so that a hand of solitaire is not an hour long. :-) There are still halves and quarters, and punts and field goal attempts.

This is a fun game of football and cards, enjoyable whether you understand football or not. Buy it! You'll like it.
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28 of 40 people (70%) found this review helpful
Recommended
69.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 21, 2014
I was very conflicted buying this game since I love American football but hate solitaire. Luckily, this game actually manages to capture the feel of football in a way I honestly didn't expect. This game is definitely well worth the money.
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24 of 33 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 21, 2014
I have only played 8 games or so thus far, but I am really really enjoying it. Who knew that solitaire could be so engaging. I love the football theme. While I loved Fairway Solitaire, I think this is even better. Without even noticing, I burned through two hours of fun. It definitely benefits from the "one more game" syndrome.

What a wonderful game!
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32 of 50 people (64%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 21, 2014
An incredibly fun solitaire game with a cool sports slant. The "Big Play" button is a huge gamble that draws me in every time and there's definite tension as the random text events are "revealed". I'm impressed by how the game captures the back-and-forth feel of football. I just had a terrific come-from-behind victory early in my league career that I felt like I really earned.

That's right. Earning it. Tension. Back-and-forth.... in a solitaire game. Not a bad accomplishment.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 26, 2014
I thought I'd share a summary of my full review here.

I didn't really have any expectations going into Gridiron Solitaire. I knew a little about it, but none of the details. For such an abstract representation of football, it does a great job at capturing the flavor. This is one of the more enjoyable games I've played for a game with such simple mechanics. While I thought the matching mechanics were too simplistic, managing the Big Plays was great fun. I was getting excited both when things did and didn't work out for me. Bill Harris included so many little touches that just tickled my shoulder pads - not the hideous 1980s women's shoulder pads, but the cool football ones.

Mr. Harris does have plans to continue to improve the game, but I don't have any details about what may be included in the updates.

If you sometimes like to relax with a more casual game and don't mind games with a good chunk of luck, consider purchasing Gridiron Football.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 4, 2014
I cannot recommend this game enough. It somehow manages to capture the essence of a great football game in a solitaire card game package. Besides the great gameplay at a great price, the story of how Bill Harris developed this game from no knowledge to the finished product is well woth supporting.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 11, 2014
Gridiron Solitaire does a great job of emulating the rhythms of the game -- the push and pull, the big plays that are alternately exhilarating and heartbreaking. It also plays very well on a touchscreen.
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20 of 33 people (61%) found this review helpful
Recommended
42.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 21, 2014
I was skeptical of a solitaire game that claimed the feel of American football, but this game delivers. Great fun!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 3, 2014
First impressions: http://www.cublikefoot.com/gridiron-solitaire-first-impressions/

Gridiron Solitaire. How do I even begin to describe such a game? It took me quite some time to grasp just the bare basics of the game. The game is a bit difficult to explain, so please bear with me.

The game essentially combines solitaire and football. Yes, that sounds a bit strange, but it surprisingly works, no idea how the devs managed to pull that off, but props to them for doing so. Basically, you have to match cards (against the opposing team) in order to get the offense/defense to do their thing.

There's also a "Big Play" mechanic, in which you're able to draw a card during your turn, placing another card onto the field. This mechanic can tremendously change the outcome of a play, in either your own favor, or the opposing side's favor. When playing offense, you can use as many Big Plays as you wish, but you only have a limited number when using them as the defense.

The game has three difficulties to choose from. I went with the normal difficulty, which may have been a bad idea for a complete noob to the game. The game also goes deep into team customization and rankings. The teams are tracked per season and compared against each other for that specific season.

For someone who does not care for football, I thought I had figured out the game just fine during my play session. I'd recommend it only to those willing to learn how to play it, as it's quite difficult to understand going into it.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 19, 2014
Absolutely fantastic. Casual in nature sure but utterly beguiling and one of those games that insist you play another game at 2 in the morning.

Very well developed by a guy committed to developing the game for years to come, this game is one of those very rare pieces of software that can be described as worth more money than is actually being asked for.

Get it now.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
43.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 15, 2015
I've played this game for almost 40 hours now and it can best be summed up in two sentences: "It is what it is. No more, no less." It's literally a game where you match up cards, hope that the RNG (Random Number Generator) is good and try and out score your opponent. Most of the time it does seem that the RNG is definitely NOT on your side, especially when you're on defense or it's late in the game and you're trying to mount a comeback or stave off one. If you're looking for a good time waster and/or a game that you can play without thinking to hard, this is for you. However, anyone looking for a true tactical and/or a true American football like experience you'll be mightily disappointed.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2015
How the developer managed to turn a simple concept--playing football through the power of solitaire--into a game I've already invested 11+ hours into is beyond me. All I know is that Gridiron Solitaire WORKS, pure and simple.

I'd highly recommend the game and supporting the developer. Can't wait to see what comes next!
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11 of 19 people (58%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 11, 2014
Not sure what tweaks have been done to the game since the other reviewers played it, but this is a definite thumbs down.

Supposedly, you make good yards when the computer guesses wrong, and very little, if any, if it guesses right on offense. On defense it is supposed to be the same. But it doesn't work that way. When on defense, and you guess wrong, the computer opponent STARTS OUT with a 25 yard gain, and it takes solitaire matches to reduce it. But there are very few matches. Even when you guess right against the computer opponent, it STILL starts off with a 12 yard gain that you have to whittle down, again with very few matches available.

Now when YOU are on offense and the computer guesses wrong against you, for a pass, you start at zero yards, and MUST get THREE matches in a row before you gain a paltry 8 yards. Subsequent matches add yardage, but again they are few and far between. When you run the football, and the computer guesses wrong, once again you start at zero yards, and add 4 yards for subsequent matches. Now if the computer guesses right, it is that much harder to gain any yards.

And the computer sneaks a peak at what you choose as well, I purposely ran nothing but pass plays for three possessions, gaining some yards, and figured now I'd start off witha run. Of course the computer 'guessed' right on run, when there is absokutely no possible way it could have, based on previous play calls.

If this game sounds interesting to you, wait until it is at least 75% off, and be prepared for a mountain of frustration. Even at 75% off you may very well regret your purchase.

NOTE: A new update to the game was applied on July 4. It added kickoff and punt returns, plus penalties. Penalties reduced your chances even more of getting matches, and running plays now only gain 3 yards per match, instead of 4. Also, when you guess right on defense, the computer opponent starts off with a 15 yard gain now, rather than the original 12.

I also noticed special teams plays result in TDs (for the computer opponent, of course) more often, plus more turnovers (again, for the computer opponent) when the player uses a Big Play, regardless of weather.

Bottom line: Made an already extremely frustrating game even more so. I now wouldn't even recommend buying it even at 75% off. Save your money and the frustration.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 23, 2014
Coming into this game, I thought that it would be hard for a football game that abstracted out the football part out into a card-based gameplay loop. I still think that, but Gridiron Solitaire works completely. This, along with games like Civ V and OOTP, give me that "just one more turn" mentality, running a play, to a quarter, to a half, to a game, to 10 games, to finishing a season. Incredibly addicting, and surprisingly fun. Definitely a must try.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
62.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
Needed to +1 this game for a while. I enjoyed it at release but the most recent patch I think has hit the nail on the head for balance. I love cards and the strategy involved with the football element is very fun and keeps you playing. Dev is constantly on the look out for any ideas or fixes. Price may seem high for what appears to be a simple card game but it really is worth the price for the effort put into it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 1, 2014
This is a great game if you like playing fantasy football and want to kill some time. You don't need to spend a lot of time on individual sessions, but it helps in the long run. I'm interested how the game will progress as you go through the off season mode. This seems like a game I will enjoy during the football offseason.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 2, 2014
I've been waiting to play this game for a LONG time and have followed the development since it was announced. The lead designer turned me onto Fairway Solitaire long ago, and that became a favorite of mine. I'm about three hours into Gridiron Solitaire now and I'm not disappointed. I think the most interesting thing to me is the uncanny way that this card game feels like football. Something about the rhythm of it feels right. I would not have believed that I could feel a sense of tension while playing solitaire, but when I used my last defensive Big Play of the game and saw the computer drive to the end zone in disturbingly short order, I started to panic that my 14 point lead might not be enough. It was a squeaker, for sure!

I recommend this game - a great little indie title that knows exactly what it wants to be.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 21, 2014
Surprisingly fun solitaire game that actually manages to serve up some tense moments.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 24, 2014
The gameplay of Gridiron Solitaire consists of linking cards that are opposite color and one number apart. At its core, it's a basic solitaire game. However, the strategy elements and the uniqueness of each game/puzzle brings a surprising level of depth. The Big Play feature adds a surprising level of excitement and strategy.

I was disappointed with the off-season portion of the game. The game punishes you for doing well the previous season. That part of the game just misses the mark for me.

I'd been looking for a game I could mindlessly veg out on to appease my need for stimulant while I'm doing tedious tasks such as taxes, paperwork, or when I want to play a game that I don't have to get invested in to enjoy. This one really delivers.
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