There's a nice spot by WMPU concerning everyone's favourite battery-draining monster game, Microsoft Solitaire Collection, updated with bug fixes, a tutorial mode for new players, extra intelligence in gameplay, a 'jumbo' mode for those with poor eyesight and tweaks for playing in portrait mode on devices running Windows 10 Mobile (portrait has been in the 8.1 version since the beginning). A great crop of changes, but the game suite is still something of a hog, using far more phone resources than it should. Anyone would think it had been developed by Microsoft programmers only using it on powerhouse emulators. Oh wait...
From the WMPU story, here's their quoted changelog:
Fixed an issue where the undo button was missing from Daily Challenges.
Fixed an issue where players sometimes saw 5/6 Daily Challenges complete.
Fixed an issue where players sometimes saw 7 stars on Expert Daily Challenges.
There’s a new first-user-experience designed to gently introduce new players to the game and all the game modes.
Klondike, Spider, and FreeCell now have a new feature where if you click on a column (for example, 9,8,7,6), then click another column (for example 9,8), the game will intelligently move legal cards from the first column to the second (in this case, the 7 and 6 will move to the second column). Try it!
There is a new “Jumbo” theme that should be easier to read/see if you have poor eyesight or just like larger numbers!
You can now play in Portrait orientation on your Windows 10 phone!
Here's the game suite in action:
A welcome to the new edition followed by an immediate hook-up to yur Xbox Live account (this takes a while!)...
...and then a bit longer. I'm not kidding, even on a fast device on Wi-fi you're looking at up to a MINUTE of hanging around waiting to play while a few bytes are shuffled around online.... Gah.
Finally the games appear, complete with introductory help screens with the basic rules of each variant....
These pop-ups also appear if you try to make an illegal move, reminding you what the rules are! (right) a Windows 10-like hamburger menu provides intra-game navigation, along with an upgrade to 'Premium' (offering more rewards and no ads)...
Curiously, I couldn't see any mention of the promised 'Jumbo' theme - anywhere. The best way to see the cards better is to switch to landscape mode, of course, as here!