Someone mentioned Pocket Card Jockey in a weekend playlist thread a couple weeks ago. I had some long flights last week, so decided I'd give it a shot. It's only $7, no big loss if it sucks.
Holy hell...I literally cannot drag myself away from this game. It's freaking brilliant
. It's a combination of horse racing, solitaire, and Pokemon that somehow all comes together and just...works. I honestly played it for 6 hours straight on Tuesday, starting at the airport in DC then the entire 4+ hour flight home. Here's a great article
about how this it was the best game of 2016 that no one played, and I completely agree.
It takes a while to figure out what the hell is going on, but once it clicks, it's impossible to put down. My only gripe is that certain races (and sometimes the career of that particular horse) can be won or lost on sheer luck. You get a bad starting draw, someone bumps you off course, you misclick a card or miss a match...these can all spell disaster pretty quickly. And since each horse has a limited time to advance, that one missed click can have a nasty snowball effect on the horse's development, and therefore success in future races. Thankfully, this is mitigated by just how much damn fun the whole thing is.
I never would have possibly expected to enjoy a horse racing/solitaire matchup this much. Talk about a game that came completely
out of the blue!