Unlike most of the other games on this list, we're willing to bet you haven't heard of Solitarica. It's one of our newest games to be featured here, and since we posted about the game back in April, it's finally reached over 50,000 downloads on the Play Store. Solitarica is a completely new twist on the card game genre that Hearthstone currently holds power over, and while we don't foresee Solitatica overtaking the mass popularity of Blizzard's online trading card game anytime soon, there's enough going on here that Solitarica is more than worth the download to check the game out for yourself.
Solitarica combines elements from both solitaire and turn-based RPGs to make something completely new. Instead of using the gameplay we've seen previously in Windows 95 versions of the solo card game, Solitarica takes the basic functions of that game and uses them to create an entirely new form of gameplay. In Solitaria, you battle enemies one at a time, taking them on in one-sided card duels. Your goal is simple: eliminate all the cards on the field, similar to the original task in Solitaire. To do this, you begin by using the face-up card in your deck as a starting point. For instance, let's say you've been dealt a 6 as your starting card. The available cards in front of you consist of a Queen, a Jack, a 4, a 7, and a 2. Tapping the 7 pulls the card into your hand, eliminating it from the field, and reveals a 6 where the 7 previously sat. You can tap that 6, too—unlike in traditional solitaire, you can go up or down in numbers here and there's no red or black suits to match.
Once you've hit a dead-end, with no cards to draw from on the field, you can flip a card over from your deck to try again at eliminating additional cards. At the same time, your enemy can also draw an effect card, causing turmoil or some kind of negative attack to hit the field—after all, this is a duel. The attack might damage your hit-points, or add additional cards to the table. Anything it can do to keep you from winning, the enemy cards will attempt to try. Fortunately, you aren't completely unarmed. When you gather cards from the table, you also fuel your abilities, which allow you to add additional defense, attack and eliminate cards on the table, add hit-points back to your health, and even see what card you're going to get next. These abilities get even more complicated as you progress and level through the game, and each duel gets more and more challenging as you progress towards the final boss.
Solitairica is one of our favorite mobile games of 2017 so far. The complex card game mechanics are perfect for wasting time in the back of a car or on a plane, and the thrill in seeing your opponents eliminated as you progress through the game is excellent. The card designs look clean and lovely, and as a free download, there's no reason not to grab the app. Definitely check this one out.