Microsoft has been working on bringing its applications and services to platforms other than its own – it’s a new more open Microsoft, and none should be left behind; today, Microsoft has released its classic Solitaire Collection on Android and iOS.
The game has been a favorite of many over the years; featuring five game modes such as FreeCell, Klondike, Pyramid, Spider and TriPeaks, Microsoft claims that the Solitaire Collection is “the world’s most popular Solitaire game.”
The Android and iOS versions are pretty much identical to the version on Windows 10 – they are all free, but feature advertisements. There is, of course, a $2/mo premium subscription to remove ads and give you some extra in-game coins (micro transactions in Solitaire!) but Microsoft is generously making the premium version free until the end of this year.
The fact that Xbox has become an ecosystem rather than being limited to the consoles is reinforced with this release – the game features Xbox Live achievements on Android and iOS, along with Gamerscore.
The games are synchronized across platforms as well – Windows, iOS, Android, doesn’t matter where you play, your games will be with you. The saved game files are backed up to the cloud, as the Xbox Live membership is free.
The app is available for free on Android via the Google Play Store, on iOS via the Apple AppStore, and on Windows 10 via the Windows Store.
As mentioned, while the game is free – there is a premium version that costs $2 per month. Here’s what you get with premium:
- An ad-less experience
- Extra coins for completing Daily Challenges
- A boost for every game of TriPeaks and Pyramid.
Microsoft has made the premium version free for Android and iOS until the end of this year, after which it will cost the same as Windows 10.
You can read more about the announcement on Microsoft’s official blog.