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Soulitaire preview: A simple concept with great execution

Soulitaire screenshot
Image: Beardshaker Games

Soulitaire from developer Beardshaker Games is an interactive narrative-driven game where you open up a cosy fortune-telling cafe and welcome guests serving them both drinks and — something even more valuable — a glimpse into their futures. Lay out your cards and watch as the truth is revealed before you in this unique story with a solitaire twist. 

Soultaire’s demo, which takes about 30-40 minutes to complete, gives a great glimpse at what to expect from the game’s story. First, you’ll be introduced to Rio, your sister who is a little bit sceptical about your new fortune telling business. But after giving her a fortune she can’t argue with, Rio is convinced that you’ve got some magical ability. And once you’ve got her convinced, who’s to say you can’t bring in some more visitors looking for answers to some of life’s most difficult questions?

This is a game heavily focused on story, so you’ll spend a lot of time chatting with guests that come into your shop over a hot cup of tea or coffee. Once it’s time to start telling their fortune, you’ll have a set of cards in front of you with one number on each. Your goal is to play all of the cards on the board before you run out of cards in your deck. It’s essentially Tripeaks solitaire, matching cards that are either one number up or one number down from the card that’s face-up in your draw pile. Eventually, you’ll find three special cards which will, in turn, reveal your guests fortune. 

When you have revealed the fortune it will be up to you how to interpret it. You might see a lion standing above an owl as though it has won a battle, or maybe the lion is simply holding down the owl, threatening it. Either way, the choice that you make, and the interpretation that you give, could affect the lives of your friends and customers. 

It’s a very simple concept with a really intriguing story underneath. Playing a game of solitaire in order to tell fortunes is fun, but we particularly like the act of fortune telling itself: it’s a unique concept where it truly feels like your choices (and the result of the minigame) can really affect the fortunes you’re able to give.

Even though you’ll only meet two characters in Soulitaire’s demo, the full version is sure to introduce even more interesting people to interact with. And with the gorgeous comic book art style, it’s already great to look at. Not to mention very relaxing and super easy to learn. Although the game doesn’t have a release date yet, this is definitely one to look out for, especially if you’re a fan of games like Coffee Talk or Necrobarista. 

You can play Soulitaire’s demo yourself for free on Steam.

Becca knew that she would be addicted to video games for the rest of her life when she saw the first pixelated zombie shambling across her TV screen while playing Resident Evil 3. She particularly enjoys being scared, laughing until she cries, or just plain crying while experiencing games. When she isn't playing games she loves spoiling her cat Usagi and eating any kind of sushi she can find.