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Solitaire Vegas: Free Card Game - Super Lucky Casino: Free Slots, Bingo + Card Games

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This is a casino based gambling simulator app, which involves the card game solitaire.

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Simulated casino style gambling

This review of Solitaire Vegas: Free Card Game was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 11 April 2015.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Solitaire Vegas: Free Card Game
Developed by: Super Lucky Casino: Free Slots, Bingo + Card Games
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: Google Play Store: Medium Maturity, iTunes Store: 12+.
ACCM suggested age: 18+ intense simulated gambling and in-app purchases
Gambling content advice: Simulated casino style gambling. Player is risking money or something of value on an outcome of an event involving chance when the probability of winning or losing is less than certain. Refer to the gambling section of this review for further details

ACCM review

This review of Solitaire Vegas: Free Card Game contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

This game was played for approximately 1.5 hours.

App description

This is a Casino-style game involving the card game of Solitaire. The objective of the game is to earn more money by playing multiple games of Solitaire. There are limited skills needed, as it is largely chance-based – however, knowledge of how to play Solitaire is necessary.

Reviewers comments

When the app is opened, players are taken to a welcome message stating ‘Welcome to Vegas Solitaire! Classic Solitaire Rules, Make bets and win BIG!’. After this, they are taken to a table of high scores – this displays the goal of 110, with seven empty slots to fit other high score records beneath. Players are then taken to a main menu, which contains a ‘Play’ option. Upon clicking this, a game of animated Solitaire is begun. Seven poker cards are positioned in a face-up manner, and players must tap on the face-down deck of cards to present three additional cards. To win the game, players must get all of the cards onto the seven Foundation piles. Each Foundation has one card at the top, and players must put the cards from the pile onto them in the order of: Ace 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Jack Queen King. Aces will sit up the top, while other cards will sit beneath the face-up cards – e.g. a card that is a 9 will only take an 8 beneath it. When players run out of flips for their deck of cards, they can tap on an icon to 'End The Game' and 'Collect Winnings' (in the form of coins and experience points).

When beginning a new game of Solitaire, players can select how much they want their initial bet to be – the minimum bet is 55 chips. They can also choose between a 1-card flip and a 3-card flip. The game also includes Power-Ups, which offer things such as a single free flip, a card shuffle, a free Ace card, the ability to ‘pluck’ a card from the deck at random, and the ability to view what a face-down card is. These are useful during gameplay.

This app carries considerable risk to children due to the substantial amount of simulated gambling involved. There is limited learning potential as the game is very simplistic and largely chance-driven.

In App purchasing

Yes: Players can use the in-app purchases store to buy things with real-life currency. Players can purchase green chips in packages of 2500 chips for $4.99, 6000 chips for $9.99, 17500 chips for $19.99, 60000 chips for $49.99. Players are informed that they will earn VIP points by making purchases, and VIP members ‘get HUGE bonuses in the store’. In addition to this, players can also purchase gold lightning bolts in packages of 55 for $4.99, 115 for $9.99, 240 for $19.99, and 625 for $49.99. Players are furthermore able to purchase ‘Free Cards’, which they may use during games when they are stuck or unable to continue. These can be purchased in packages of 5 free cards for $4.99, 15 free cards for $9.99, 40 free cards for $19.99, or 120 free cards for $49.99.

Online information

There is a tournament feature, where players can duel against their friends and attempt to rise up the ranks and leader boards in regards to their score.

Gambling

This is a card game gambling app. See Reviewers Comments for more details.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

This app contains gambling content.

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Content is age appropriate for children this age

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Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

Contains some elements of gambling. Some content is not recommended for minors. Parental guidance recommended

No gambling content found in the levels played

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