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!


  • 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
  • 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

    • 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!****
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® 7 or later
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43 of 47 people (91%) 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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28 of 40 people (70%) found this review helpful
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 3, 2014
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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75.6 hrs
Posted: October 10
Worth it on sale, IF you like solitaire - though I'd probably recommend "Ticket to Ride" (on sale) before Gridiron.

RNG does seem to play a very big role in this game, and so even the best laid plans can go awry. You can do everything right and still lose. So, I often only play one or two games of Gridiron before I switch to something more skill based where my fate is more in my hands.

Long story short, 7/10 for a time killer
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20.4 hrs
Posted: September 10
After playing through a few seasons, I'm deleting this game. The idea is great but how this game plays out really sucks. I win about 1 out of 7 games. Home field advantage is OVERDONE somehow. I don't think I have EVER won an away game. Passing is useless, depsite your rating. And early in the game it seems like you'll enounter playable cards. Later in the game, playable cards are really rare. Overall, winning feels like pure luck. Yes, be careful of how you choose your cards to match up on each play (IF you have anything to match) but that's it. Pick a good or crappy team, change the settings to make it easier. Doesn't matter. This game feels more about luck than anything else. Terribly inconsistent gameplay. Winning 1 of 7 games isn't fun. Time to delete and move on.
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6.6 hrs
Posted: June 22
There aren't a lot of American Football games on Steam, probably because EA has a lock on the NFL with its Madden series. Whatever the case, when a football game like Gridiron Solitaire appears here, it's a rare sight to behold. What's even more unusual is that the gameplay in this title is via a card game.

If you've ever played Fairway Solitaire (or any of the million similar games out there), you know how this version of Solitaire works. Suit doesn't matter (in fact, I don't think it even exists in GS), but color does matter. You need to alternate between black and red cards, as well as choosing a number above or below the face-up card on the deck itself.

What happens if nothing works? Well, it depends if you're on defense or offense.

When you're defense, you can hit the "Big Play" button to bring up a new card (or in rare cases, an event), but you have limited use of this. A finite number of uses, denoted by green dots, are supplied each half, not quarter. So use them sparingly.

On offense, the "Big Play" button appears again, but this time it's infinite in its uses. While that sounds good, in practice you'll get an event that somehow harms you roughly 99.9% of the time. In most cases, this involves your runner being blocked or knocked down, or your quarterback being sacked. Sometimes, however, you can also fumble or be intercepted, both of which are terrible, especially if near your own end zone.

You don't get to choose actual running or passing plays. Instead, you pick which you'll attempt (run vs pass), and if the AI guesses your action, you'll lose a card, plus it'll reduce and limit any gains in yardage you might acquire in that round. That doesn't mean it's impossible to get anywhere — I have made a running a play that eventually turned into a touchdown, even though the AI figured out my play ahead of time — just that it's generally more difficult.

When you're on defense, you do the same to the AI. In this case, you'll simply limit and reduce their gains, since the AI doesn't use cards.

All the teams are fictional, but you can edit their cities, names, and colors. This means if you want real teams, the only thing stopping you is a little effort on your part to rename and recolor them. That said, I don't believe you can rename players, but it doesn't really seem to matter anyway.

Every team has stats (ex: run offense, pass offense, run defense, pass defense, and special teams) that dictate your chances in a game. These stats can and do change, and will be affected by draft choices.

In my own experience, whatever stats your team or the opposing team has produces a minimal effect. What mostly matters is chance and whatever strategy you employ.

You can have five seasons saved before you need to delete one to open a slot. Saving the game only occurs before and after a game, as well as during half-time. Given that GS is turn-based, this shouldn't be too much of a problem for most people, but if you find yourself needing to shut down your computer or close Steam, you might lose your progress up to that point. To tell you the truth, I don't know for sure because that's never happened to me yet.

Would I recommend Gridiron Solitaire? I'd say "cautiously yes."

It's very irritating how much chance (especially when using the "Big Play" button on offense) affects the outcome of any play or game, but in real life, sports have always had a "luck" factor to them that's difficult to emulate in a computer game.

Regardless, I wish that using the "Big Play" button would actually result in a positive outcome every once in a while. Whenever I use it now, I cringe and turn away, not surprised in the least when there's a negative result.

Having said all of that, it's a very entertaining Solitaire title and introduces several game mechanics not seen in other similar games. I don't know if this will truly satisfy anyone who's been longing for an American Football game on the PC or who's a die-hard Pro/College fan, but for most gamers who either have a passing interest in American Football, Solitaire (or both), I feel that Gridiron Solitaire works nicely.
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23.5 hrs
Posted: June 10
A blast to play! Combines solitaire and football into one exciting package. The developer has really supported this game with continual updates.

My favorite solitaire game of all time - and indeed one of the best card games overall.

You see me listed for 15 hours, but I've played probably twice that including offline.

The difficult (on default setting of 'Rookie') is perfect for me - I almost always make the playoffs, but often don't win the superbowl.

My most recent playoff run included a 21-20 victory, followed by a 27-26 victory -
so those games couldn't have been more close, balanced and exciting.

Really a fun game for short time periods - such as a lunch break - or as a nice relaxing game at the end of the day.

Very highly recommended - I've gotten way more than my money's worth out of it.
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Bad Luck Gamer
8.2 hrs
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
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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9.1 hrs
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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21.9 hrs
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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45.0 hrs
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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13.7 hrs
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.


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


- 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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