I'm really excited to tell you about Solitairica, because unlike most of the other games on this list, you probably haven't heard of it. It's certainly the newest game featured here, and because of that, it hasn't even reached 50,000 downloads on the Play Store yet. It's a completely new twist on the card-game genre that Hearthstone currently holds power over, and while I don't see Solitairica reaching the mass popularity of Blizzard's online trading card game anytime soon, there's enough going on here that you should go download Solitairica right now and try it out for yourself.
Solitairica combines—I'm not kidding—elements from solitaire and turn-based RPGs to make something completely new. Yes, solitaire, the game you used to play back on Windows 95 while you were bored at work. But don't get confused: this is nothing like the simple gameplay of solitaire. Instead, Solitairica takes the basic functions of the card game it's based on, and uses them to create an entirely new form of gameplay.
In Solitairica, 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 game. You do this by using the face-up card in your deck as a starting point. Let's say you've been dealt a 6. The available cards in front of you are 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 behind where the 7 used to be. You can tap that 6, too—unlike in traditional solitaire, you can go up or down in numbers here, and there's no red and black suits here to match too.
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. But wait—this is a duel, after all, and the enemy you're faced with will also draw an effect card. It 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 try. But you aren't completely unarmed, either—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 my favorite mobile game of 2017 so far, and not too far behind Reigns in terms of sheer enjoyment. I'm resisting spoiling some of the games later fun, because it was so surprising when I got to those aspects myself. Go play it today—I think you'll really like it.