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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (56 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 21, 2014
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About This Game

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
    • Hard Drive: 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
Helpful customer reviews
35 of 39 people (90%) found this review helpful
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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27 of 38 people (71%) found this review helpful
62.4 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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23 of 32 people (72%) found this review helpful
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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31 of 49 people (63%) found this review helpful
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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21 of 32 people (66%) found this review helpful
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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