Digital Gamecraft™ is delighted to announce its latest development project, AWESOME Solitaire AR Edition™, shipping in July.
You have known us as the development force behind the award-winning, best-selling, and most numerous Solitaire games, Pretty Good Solitaire, Goodsol Solitaire 101, Most Popular Solitaire, FreeCell Plus, and A Little Solitaire for iPad (to name a few).
Today, we announce the upcoming availability of AWESOME Solitaire AR Edition™, the world’s first augmented reality Solitaire product shipped with its own AR hardware.
Imagine being able to take all your favorite solitaire games with you wherever you go. Play FreeCell on the wall of a building. Find your Spider moves spread out over a city block. Meet people on the street and explain to them that, “The game is called ‘Klondike‘ and, yes, there are many different types of solitaire.” See the cards right out in front of you, almost as if they could be real, physical objects.
Best of all, AWESOME Solitaire AR Edition will come with premium augmented reality hardware from our friends at DAQRI, which hardware you can also use for, you know, other stuff (when not playing solitaire, of course).
- includes hundreds of types of solitaire, complete with rules on how to play
- ability to select virtually any size playing cards and tableaux up to 1 mile wide
- play multiplayer mode and fight strangers for the cards you need to win
- choose between two hardware configurations based on quality of neighborhood
- ships with special “decks” of 52 cards each for low power desktop operation
Professional system, includes AWESOME Solitaire AR Edition software, DAQRI Smart Glasses, and two decks of standard playing cards – $7495
Even more professional system, includes AWESOME Solitaire AR Edition, DAQRI Smart Helmet, and 4 decks of Poker size playing cards – $call for price
Solitaire gang discount on fleet purchases – call for details
Preorder now! Due to anticipated overwhelming demand, orders will be shipped on a first-come, first-served basis, so reserve your place in line today.
The latest upgrade to our flagship macOS product is available.
Pretty Good Solitaire Mac Edition 3.30, available from Goodsol Development, is the best Solitaire game for Mac computers. This version of the game can be purchased and immediately downloaded for only $24.95, and it is a free upgrade for customers.
In addition to the new games, this version 3.30 update addresses several minor requests from customers, fixes all known bugs, and fully supports Apple macOS Sierra.
We have been working with Goodsol Development for 15 years now!
On this date back in 2001, SophSoft, Incorporated made our first software delivery to Goodsol Development. Since that time, we have never stopped working together, producing the best solitaire software ever created.
I posted about this collaboration 5 years ago in my post, 10 Years of the GDcard Library. We have continued our progress since then, adding an entire line of iOS products and 400 more games to Pretty Good Solitaire Mac Edition, along with much more.
For fun, I thought that I would take a look at some of the numbers:
- 3 platforms: Windows, Mac, and iOS (iPad)
- 7 titles:
- 1 ongoing (long-term) private beta program
- 26 actively maintained SKUs
- 3024 different games of Solitaire (plus 640 layouts and 1 editor)
- 2 of the 3 most knowledgeable Solitaire experts in the world
- 10 utility programs
- 3 critical libraries
- 2 screen savers
- 1 retail product (MahJongg Patience)
- 573 different product versions
- 15 years of fun!
To save everybody a little bit of math, this means that, on average, we have delivered a new product version once every 10 days, and we have added a new game of Solitaire every two days, for the entire 15 years. Amazingly, the number of delivered versions for Pretty Good MahJongg and for Pretty Good Solitaire Mac Edition are currently exactly the same: 88 of each. [Spoiler: PGMJ will take the lead with a macOS Sierra bug fix.]
In lieu of anniversary gifts 🙂 , just tell your friends about our excellent products!
Public Service Announcement
If you are currently using Pretty Good MahJongg Mac Edition, whether purchased from the Mac App Store or downloaded directly from Goodsol Development, we recommend waiting for the next update before upgrading to macOS Sierra (10.12).
Do Not Upgrade (yet)
Apple is scheduled to release macOS Sierra, the next version (10.12) of their operating system (formerly: Mac OS X) today [September 20, 2016]. As of the final beta version, there is a change (as yet unidentified) that breaks Pretty Good MahJongg Mac Edition. We are actively working on a solution, and we will publish an update as soon as a fix is available, but in the meantime, we suggest keeping El Capitan (Mac OS X 10.11).
The next version of our Mac Edition is now available.
Goodsol Development has released Pretty Good Solitaire Mac Edition 3.10. This is a free upgrade for customers who have already purchased, it is available for immediate purchase for only $24.95, and a trial version is also available.
This version of Pretty Good Solitaire Mac Edition adds another 25 games, for a total of 575 games, and the full version has 75 bonus games. The main menu interface was also changed to make the game search/filter box easier to find and use.
The 25 new games in PGSME 3.1 are:
- Acey and Kingsley
- Anno Domini
- Box Fan
- Cell 11
- Crescent Fan
- Double Aces and Kings
- Five Stacks
- Forwards and Backwards
- Free Parking
- Idle Aces
- Lucky Thirteen
- Pyramid Clear
- Quadruple Russian
- Racing Aces
- Red Hand
- Ripple Fan
- Solid Square
- Spaces and Aces
- Twin Queens
Along with this release, Goodsol has now created two new places to discuss Solitaire games in social media, to supplement the Goodsol Forum. The first is the (quite active) Goodsol Solitaire Community on Google+, and the other is the Goodsol Solitaire Group on Facebook. These are great places to get help with a specific deal number for one of our games, to find a challenging deal number (and maybe help somebody else), to get recommendations for games, or to discuss Solitaire topics in general.
The next version of Pretty Good Solitaire Mac Edition will contain 600 games, but you can buy now, have fun right away, and still get that version as a free upgrade!
You have a game idea. Let us create it for you.
This week marks 20 years (!) since we first took our company full-time. In that time, we have developed more than 25 products for a variety of clients. We have published games for Windows, Mac OS X, and iOS, and we have extensive experience.
Now, we are available immediately for new development contracts. We have a significant opening in our schedule, which we need to fill soon. This is your chance to have a world-class game developer working (or consulting) on your project. If you want to explore this opportunity, please contact me directly at email@example.com.
All clients get to deal directly with me, and if you are interested in my 25+ years in the game industry, please feel free to look at my résumé [PDF, 4 pages].
Act quickly! Do not miss this opportunity. It may not last long!
We finally finished this extensive technical update.
This version of Pretty Good Solitaire Mac Edition contains 550 games (50 more than the previous version), and the full version provides access to another 75 bonus games. The interface also contains many user interface improvements.
From a technical perspective, this is a major upgrade, as it represents a complete conversion of the program from Carbon libraries (used since version 1.0) to Cocoa frameworks, an effort imposed by Apple’s diminishing support for the former. In the process, numerous features were reconsidered and reimplemented, so there are various improvements throughout the program. One thing that we lost in the process was support for (much) older versions of Mac OS X; the current version requires Snow Leopard (10.6).
What happened to 3.00 and 3.01?
As is often the case with major technical changes, there were a couple of teething problems. In the first release (3.00), we discovered a race problem with the Cocoa system, where 5-10% of our users had systems that were sending messages to objects that had already been disposed, causing the program to crash when run on these systems. (Of course, none of the test systems exhibited this problem.)
The second release (3.01), as well as the first, was discovered to have a critical error with menu handling, namely, that card sets could not be switched (properly) using the ‘Preferences->Card Set’ menu. Unlike the first issue, this one was always reproducible, missed entirely by our testers, and completely my fault. Oops… 🙂
Once the current version proves stable, we will be adding quite a few (probably 25) more new games and making more interface improvements, including the most requested feature, an ability to sort results and high score tables. This, of course, will be a free upgrade for all then current PGSME customers, so buy now!
The BEST iPad Solitaire game has been improved even more.
Pretty Good Solitaire for iPad has been updated to version 1.20, which is now available from the App Store for the incredibly low price of only $9.99 US!
Pretty Good Solitaire Touch Edition now contains 550 games, hundreds more than any other iPad product available. These are the games you have come to know and love on Windows and/or the Mac, playable from the comfort of your recliner. Act now and you will receive an extra 75 bonus games, a total of 625 games, as well as free future upgrades.
In addition to the 50 new solitaire games since the initial release, this upgrade also includes easily selectable favorites, position snapshots, a third card set (Tropical Card Set), and a number of bug fixes to make this app as robust as possible.
Too much honesty…
Just for the readers of my blog, let me lay a little bit of truth on you. The fact is that developing an extensive app like this for the iPad is very time consuming. Additionally, the price on the iPad ($9.99 US) is quite low for such a large collection of solitaire games, and Apple does absolutely nothing to promote updates, even ones like this which add major new features and games. All of these factors are working in combination to jeopardize future work on this project. As much as we LOVE solitaire, we cannot afford to indefinitely invest time and money into a product that does not provide some positive return.
What can you do? In order make sure that PGSTE remains viable, you can help us by spreading the word, linking to this post, following Goodsol on Facebook and sharing posts with your friends, and most of all rating and reviewing the app on the App Store. We have a very loyal core of iPad customers, but if we cannot reach critical mass soon, then we may have no choice but to disappoint them and discontinue the project. 🙁
My favorite game in the latest batch is Lower 48, similar to Forty Thieves, which is almost always winnable, but usually quite challenging. I have won all of the first 100 deals (so far).
Demolish! Pairs celebrates one year since its launch on iOS.
One year ago today, Digital Gamecraft launched the original iOS version of Demolish! Pairs. Demolish! Pairs 1.11 is a challenging puzzle/arcade game for iPad and iPhone.
Here are the top 5 reasons that you should get Demolish! Pairs:
- It is fun to play for gamers of all ages.
- It exercises your brain to help keep you mentally sharp.
- It provides relaxation during less interesting activities (such as watching Nigeria versus Iran in the World Cup).
- The programmer just got hit in the forehead by a fallen tree and could use any sympathy and support that he can get. [*]
- It is FREE (for one day only)!
As promised, to celebrate this anniversary, Demolish! Pairs 1.11 is completely free for TODAY ONLY. There are no strings attached, though when you do take advantage of this special offer, it would be nice if you would rate and review it on the App Store.
Also, for those who already have the free-to-play version, Demolish! Pairs FTP 1.0.1, all in-app purchases are free for today only as well.
For more information on the game, please visit DemolishPairs.com.
[*] Medical Update: The injury was not at all serious, causing no extra brain damage. 🙂