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Montana Solitaire

Montana Solitaire
  • #: 39000
  • Price: free ($0.00) In Apple Store
  • Category: Games
  • Updated: 2009-06-18
  • Current Version: 1.2
  • 1.2
  • Size: 0.20 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Charles Crowley
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later
  • © Charles Crowley
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MONTANA is a card solitaire game that is simple to play but has interesting strategies.

The INITIAL CARD LAYOUT is created by dealing out four rows of 13 cards. The aces are removed creating four blank spaces.

The GOAL of the game is to move the cards so that each row contains the 12 cards of a suit in sequence from 2 to King.

MOVING CARDS: Cards can only be moved to blank spaces. A card can be moved to a blank space if it next in sequence and of the same suit as the card just to the left of the blank space. If the left-most place in a row is blank then there is no previous card. In this case any 2 can be moved to the blank space.

GETTING STUCK: Often you will make all possible moves and the cards will still not all be in sequence. Each of the four blank spaces will have a King, or another blank space, on the left. When this happens you can redeal the cards.

REDEALING: In a redeal all the cards that are not in sequence are picked up, shuffled, and put back on the board in the empty spaces created by picking up the cards. When redealing the space to the right of the highest card in each sequence is left blank.

SMALLER DECKS: Montana is traditionally played with a full deck with 13 cards in each suit. This game allows smaller deck sizes which makes the game easier and turns the game into a puzzle where the object is to sequence all the cards without any redeals. This requires planning and looking ahead. Decks with four or five cards in a suit can usually be won without a redeal.

STATISTICS: Montana allows two redeals. A variation called Addiction allows three redeals. This game allows any number of redeals. The game keeps track of how many redeals it took to win each game so you can look at those and determine which games would have been won using the redeal limits of Montana or Addiction.

PATH ANALYSIS: Planning in Montana involves looking at "paths", that is, sequences of plays that depend on each other. You look for paths that allow you to extend sequences. Montanalyzer has a path planning mode where you can follow tentative paths to see if they work out. If they do Montanalyzer will make all the plays in the path for you. If the path does not work out you can try another one. This facility is especially helpful with larger deck sizes that are too complex for a complete analysis.

VERSION 1.2 upgrades to iPhone OS 3.0 and allows all deck sizes and full path analysis.


* Plays are shown with colored arrows and marking of playable cards.

* Choose card decks with from 4 to 13 cards in a suit.

* Partial card displays allow easier reading of cards.

* Choice of five different card displays styles.

* Unlimited undo.

* Full statistics kept for all deck sizes.

* Card moves can be animated at seven speeds.

* Nice gradient color background which can be easily changed.

* Arrow color can be selected using an easy-to-use hue-based color picker.

* Full documentation with strategy hints.

What's New in Version 1.2

upgrades to iPhone OS 3.0 and allows all deck sizes and full path analysis.

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Rated 2/5 based on 3 customer reviews.


5/5 stars


Easy to get started -- I was playing right away without even reading the rules. Graduate to the higher levels and the strategies get subtle. Now I play it for hours.

0/5 stars


Ap keeps closing in the middle of a game.

3/5 stars


Enjoy the game but please work out a few things!! As previous reviewer said, it's very sensitive. I can go to tap on top right corner card and the help menu with pop up. Also, randomly, a "play the game" will appear and I will tap a top right corner card and it will completely change my game and, even though I have a perfect record, statistics show me canceling 10 games because of this. Very frustrating!!!! Especially when I was almost to complete a game!! Fix it or I may just have to delete this game!!


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