Chef Solitaire: USA has recently been released on Steam, so I thought I should get round to finishing up my review. It is, as you might have guessed, based around the card came solitaire, in different guises, with additional bells and whistles.
The storyline takes you around the USA opening restaurants, with different challenges and new game features at each stage. There is a shop where you can buy upgrades (if you have accumulated enough cash by doing well on previous stages), with various extras that will make the game a little easier – like showing a portion of the hidden cards when the level starts, zapping an errant card or two that you can’t get rid of normally, etc – all with a cooking theme of course.
Like most casual games it’s easy to dip into for a quick game and rejoin later, though despite the simple premise, the storyline is pretty good and keeps you wanting to find out what happens next. Aesthetically it’s very nicely presented with crisp, detailed graphics, great music fitting for the period, and some good quality voice acting. There are plenty of levels and challenges to keep you playing, in addition to a number of mini-games that can be played separately.
All in all Chef Solitaire: USA is an extremely polished casual card game with plenty to offer if you’re a fan of this type of game – and it’s a mere £3.99 on Steam.
(If you like this game, you’ll probably also like Regency Solitaire by Grey Alien Games.)