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 (47 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 21, 2014
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September 4

Version 1.2 is Live!

Just in time for the start of the NFL season, version 1.2 is now live! Here are the new features:
1. Custom difficulty! Now you can customize the difficulty on both offense and defense in the Options menu.
2. Goal line stands. The CPU max possible gain will now not extend past the end zone. This will make goal line stands much more possible.
3. There's now an interactive Team History museum where you can review information from each season, as well as viewing all-time Franchise leaders.
4. New halftime and end of game scorebox display with TV-style presentation.

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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!


  • 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
    • 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!****
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® 7 or later
Helpful customer reviews
7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
320.0 hrs on record
This was one of my favorite games, until they improved it. Seems like it's almost impossible to win now. When I first purchased it, my team always had a chance. Since the improvement the odds always seem to be stacked against us, even when my team is much better on paper. Playing a game where you seldom have a chance is not much fun. I'd skip it, unles they fix their fix. Thought I'd give the game another chance. I don't think they tested their patch. In the snow you can't read the top half of the play by play. Guys, you really made a great game bad. Nice going.
Posted: July 30
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 1
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
33.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 11
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 11
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
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!
Posted: June 24
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33 of 37 people (89%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: January 22
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