Patience or Solitaire? That is the question my friends but what is your answer? When I was younger my mother introduced me to Patience. I had a pack of real playing cards that I had to shuffle myself and then lay them out one by one ready to play the game.

Photo: Classic Solitaire

It was a cheap form of entertainment. Well, zero cost really, as she already had the pack of cards with which she used to play Rummy, with my aunt (her sister!). It kept me quite for a couple of hours, allowing her a much-needed rest from all the hours she used to work.

Did you know that there a lot of different versions of Solitaire? Some that I am aware of are Classic/ Klondike, Spider, FreeCell, Pyramid, TriPeaks and evan a Golf Solitaire.

Solitaire emerged in the 1700s in northern Europe. In Germany, Sweden, France and Russia there were references in literature to a game called “Patience”, the earliest recorded name for Solitaire. Although English, the word “patience” is of French origin and indicates that the game required a patient temperament in order to play it well. 

By the mid-19th century, Solitaire was popular in French high society, whilst in England, Prince Albert was known to be an enthusiast. The game didn’t make its way across the Atlantic to the USA until 1870 where it became known as Solitaire. 

Many years later I came to like (and still do) the digital version of Solitaire. But Solitaire’s not the only game I like playing, there are lots of others too.  With so many free online digital games available the choices are endless.  Some of the other games I play are mahjong, hidden objects, puzzles and match 3 type games.

Mahjong

Mahjong is a tile game where you need to click on two matching open (no tile above and at least one side free) tiles to remove them from the playing field.  You keep doing this until all the tiles are cleared.

Photo: Mahjong

Hidden Objects

Hidden Objects game, like Garden Secrets, is just as the name implies.  You need to search around the given picture for the objects that you are asked to look for.  Clues are available if you need them, as some of the games are not as easy as you think they might be.

Photo: Garden Secrets Hidden Objects

Match 3

Match 3 games are those inspired by the likes of Candy Crush (tile type) and Zuma (ball shooter).  With these games you need to create 3 or more identical tiles or balls in a row to be able to eliminate them from the playing field, gain points and work your way through the levels.

Photo: Match 3

Puzzle/Logic

Puzzle or Logic type games are those ones inspired by the likes of Chess, Sudoku, Tetris, Battleships etc.  My favourites are Sudoku and Tetra Blocks, which is probably something to do with my age!  Friends of mine tend to like crosswords but I was never any good with working out the clues.  I’m still not! 

Tetra Blocks is about connecting the different shape blocks together to form a wall without gaps.  Each complete row is then removed automatically which lowers the wall.  If you allow the blocks to either stack on top of each other incorrectly or the wall gets too high with nowhere for the blocks to go then it’s game over. 

Photo: Tetra Blocks

Sudoku is a 9×9 grid of 81 squares, which you need to populate with the correct number sequence 1-9, with no duplicate numbers in the column or row.  Some of the numbers are already populated on the grid to help you work it out

Photo: Sudoku

And there you have it, some of my favourite games!  What are your favourites?  Comment below and let me know.


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