Table For One – Solitaire Games
As someone who’s usually got a board game near him, I’ve found over the past few months that I’m enjoying solitaire board games more and more. I still love playing against other people, don’t get me wrong, but there’s something different about solitaire games. They’re a great way to pass the time and play some games that may not get to the table.
I’ve found that there are three kinds of solitaire games.
Category 1 games are fun in a puzzle-like way. Beating this type of game is usually challenging and far from guaranteed and are interesting when viewed as an accomplishment. It’s frequently less about a matter of scoring and simply a matter of winning or losing. Let’s call category 1 games True Single Player games.
Category 2 games are ones where the player takes over the roles normally run by multiple players. These usually have no rule changes between regular and solitaire play, meaning the game is the same as when played with other people. These games are Pure Co-op games where every player is working together, which can be replaced with one person.
Category 3 are games that usually aren’t cooperative and offer two ways of playing the game, one with other players and one against the game. These usually have minor to moderate rule changes to adapt for a change in the number of players. These are Flexible games because they change based on the player count.
I enjoy each type of these games for different reasons. True Single Player games are a challenge that can’t be played any other way. Pure Co-op games are fun in solo modes because it lets you try a number of strategies that you may not want to try with other players. Flexible games give you a modified play of a game that you may enjoy with other players. They can all be fun and a worthwhile investment of your gaming energy.