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PySol: More Solitaire Than You Can Shake a Stick At

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By Scott M. Morris

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Posted: 27 Sep 2005
 

Applies to:

  • SUSE Linux Professional

Last week, I did a short review of a couple of KDE games. I talked about KMines and Patience, two of the simplest, yet most addicting games on the KDE desktop. Patience really has a bunch of nice card games. Its interface is clean, and the graphics are pleasing. Overall, it's a really well-done game. I did see another one this week, however, that dwarfs it in the number of solitaire variations offered. This other application is called pysol. Its YAST description is as follows:

    PySol is an X11 solitaire game with a number of nice features, including hints, autoplay, unlimited undo, player statistics, demo mode, selectable card set and background graphics, and integrated help. It currently plays over one hundred different games and variants, and has a plug-in architecture which makes adding more easy.

Let's take a look at it. First, let's make sure you have it installed. Open up YAST and search for the package called pysol. When it comes up in the right pane, tick the checkbox next to it. Then, click ACCEPT:

Note: if you search for this package and it does not show up, you may want to enter some additional installation sources into YAST. A list of installation sources is available here, and an article on how to use them can be found here.

Now, let's run that bad boy. Open the K Menu, then GAMES, then CARD GAMES, then PYSOL. Note that it may also be called CARD GAME:

When the main window first appears, it may show you an information window:

Click ENJOY to make this disappear. Pysol has automatically dealt you a Klondike Solitaire game:

One of the cool things about Pysol is that if you get stuck, you may press the 'H' key for a hint. When you do this, a black arrow will appear, showing you what move you could make:

If you go to the SELECT menu, you will see a bunch of different types of games to play. If you click on a type, you will see many variations from which you can select one to play:

If you can't decide which one to play out of the many, there is a POPULAR GAMES submenu in the SELECT menu. This submenu lists only the most popular games:

The OPTIONS menu gives you the ability to customize the game to how you like to play. You can set user preferences, change the background, the style of cards, and even what the game will do for you automatically:

Pysol keeps statistics of how many games you win of each type. This allows you to track how well you play at each of the different types of games. When you win a game, Pysol congratulates you and displays the statistics of that game:

If you like to play solitaire, Pysol is for you. It is fully configurable and tracks statistics. It has many types of games and many types of cards. Enjoy solitaire at its finest.


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