Strike Solitaire
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  • System Requirements
  • Windows XP / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10
  • 1.8 GHz Pentium 4 or equivalent
  • 512 MB Ram
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  • Uninstall instructions
 
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Strike Solitaire 

Bowling meets solitaire in Strike Solitaire, a unique game that challenges your card-matching skills. Each frame consists of matching and clearing a group of cards. The better you clear the board, the higher your pin count. If you happen to clear the entire board, you'll earn a strike. Can you make it past all of the different lanes and difficulties? Find out now!

  • bowling meets solitaire in this fun variation of the hit game
  • go for the perfect game while clearing cards from the table
  • earn money to purchase wild cards and more
  • reach perfect scores to unlock more lanes and trophies
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Reviews of Strike Solitaire
 | Added on: January 7, 2013
 
As card games go, this is a fun game and, for me, addicting. Once you start learning how the game works, you can get more out of it by using strategy for making the pairs to get higher scores. Nice, relaxing game but addicting. If you like card games, try it out.
 | Added on: January 7, 2013
 
really liked this game, once i figured out the gold cards equaled a pin in the bowling part of the game. the instructions need to be more detailed. all in all, tho, this is a gr8 rainy day game...
 | Added on: January 7, 2013
 
This is actually a decent concept, if a little rough in the execution, and actually was quite addicting to me while it lasted. There's not really much "bowling" about it- its really mahjong with cards, and the bowling is pretty much window dressing (And sort of sadly done at that, who ever heard of outdoor "lanes"?). Its a nice touch that you can change card front & backs, though. Its a shame that you have to more or less figure out the game yourself because the instructions are clearly inadequate. Just match card numbers to remove them from the layout, using cards from the deck if you run out of matches, until you remove all the gold cards. The gold cards count as "pins" and if you remove them all before you run out of matches, that's a strike. (If you have to redeal the cards, then you're on the second "ball", and can only make a spare for getting the rest of the gold cards.) There's also bonuses (extra points, free power ups) for matching one of the star-marked cards, and occasionally one of those bonuses will be "immediate strike" which does just that- awards you a "strike" for that frame right then, finishing that frame regardless of what you had actually earned. The "power ups" you can buy with your earnings (at any point in the game) help to get strikes (or spares) when you just aren't getting the cards you need to match. One is a shuffle bonus that redeals all the unmatched cards without counting as a second ball, so its a good chance to still strike. You'll need progressively higher scores to continue, but at the "junior" version, you can keep replaying frames of your choice until you get a high enough score, since it only counts your best score. The pro level (oddly called "profis") however is much more frustrating, requiring much higher scores to progress but doesn't allow you to replay frames- you have to replay them all to try for a higher score, and they can be quite difficult layouts! Still I was thinking of buying it, except that it does have issues where occasionally it will hang for no reason, and I have to force the game closed from task manager and restart it. Also, I have discovered an even worse problem with the 3rd part ("ball") of the 10th frame. I have gotten a strike twice (including an immediate strike bonus) on that part before, but each time, when it scores the frame, it puts a ZERO down for your score there, and doesn't add anything to your total for that 3rd ball. So I can't see how it will ever be possible to score 300, and get the trophies associated with scoring 300s in the various parts. Once you have gone through each lane (or "track" as they inexplicably call them, apparently they forgot it was bowling and not racing, and who can blame them, as it really has nothing to do with bowling except the score card) there's nothing else to do *but* try for the 300 score- made impossible by the game's inability to recognize a spare or strike on that final "ball". TL;DR: If you're a mahjong fan, which I am, youll enjoy playing this (for awhile), but the pseudo-bowling format really makes the replay inherently limited.
 | Added on: January 4, 2013
 
Not what I was looking for in a solitaire game Boring
 | Added on: January 7, 2013
 
I wasn't sure about this game, but after about 15 minutes of the demo, I had to buy it. It's a very original blend of solitaire and bowling (you can also feel a bit of mahjong lurking in the wings). You play without a clock, so you can go at your own pace. The point is to match pairs of cards, thus freeing up others (mahjong-like). The challange is to figure out which cards to pair to get the best outcome. The only real connection to bowling is in the scoring. The game is a nice change of pace if you are mentally worn out on puzzles and HOGs (also a break from HOG eye-strain). The game can be played by adults and kids. I highly recommend this game for a unique change of pace!
 | Added on: January 4, 2013
 
I usually don't purchase any games until they're reviewed but since GameHouse hasn't failed me yet, I gave this game a shot. I'm glad I did. I'm a solitaire fanatic and having endless versions of solitaire, I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It's not hard and it's not easy, it's takes some thought and it's good to play when you just want to kick back.
 | Added on: January 4, 2013
 
I like solitaire card games, and I like bowling. But this game is pointless. I played through all the junior levels, which was maybe 200 individual games. You quickly accrue enough cash to purchase all the bonuses, and there's really nothing else to do. There's no change in backgrounds, there's no reward for finishing 10 levels, other than to have enough points to get to the next level and do it again. There's no feeling of accomplishment and very little opportunity for strategy. If you like a mindless game that goes nowhere, this one is for you.
 | Added on: January 4, 2013
 
Does that mean it's bad or good? In bowling, a strike is a good thing, but unfortunately, there is no explanation of bowling or its scoring provided in this game. That means the bowling aspect of the game, which is already tenuous, may not make much sense to you. Instructions on how to play the game could be a little clearer, such as how to exit out of each round of solitaire. It wasn't the same each round, and I don't know why. Liked the changing outdoor scenery behind the solitaire (which is matching), but really wish the graphics for the cards were much sharper. (The card backs were fine, and there was a decent selection.) All in all, it was an original attempt to do something different with solitaire, but sharing the game with some average players (vs programmers), would have ironed out these kinks that cost the game a star. Still liked it, though.
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