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Game Giveaway of the day — 5 Realms Of Cards

Help a young princess named Jokerine restore peace and beauty in card realms!
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5 Realms Of Cards was available as a giveaway on August 25, 2018!

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5 Realms of Cards interweaves a revolutionary new solitaire gameplay with a fairy-tale story. Explore over 70 levels to help a young princess named Jokerine restore peace and beauty in card realms and learn a secret! Use cool bonuses to make your way through 5 unique card realms. Play 5 card-based mini-games and explore a beautifully rendered world in 5 Realms of Cards.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; DirectX Version: 7.0; Processor: Pentium 800 Mhz; RAM: 256 Mb; Hard drive space: 25 Mb

Publisher:

MyPlayCity

Homepage:

https://www.bigfishgames.com/games/2110/5-realms-of-cards/

File Size:

24.2 MB

Price:

$9.99

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5 Realms of Cards
In Brief
A Solitaire card game.


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Installation:
5 Realms of Cards downloads to a 24.2 MB zip file that unzips to three files, (a setup.gcd security wrapper, the set-up file and a read me). Those with multiple hard drives can save games on any drive they wish. The newly installed game is 26.2 MB in size. The game installs to the following path by default, but can be changed by the user if you prefer:
C:\Program Files (x86)\MyPlayCity.com\5 Realms of Cards
Four shortcuts are installed to the desktop, three of which can be safely deleted (Play Online Games, MyPlayCity Games and shortcuts to a free online game which vary each week). Also, if you don't like icons installed to the quick launch task bar, make sure you uncheck the box when the additional tasks window appears (after the Select Start Menu Folder window)


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Introduction:
5 Realms of Cards interweaves a revolutionary new solitaire gameplay with a fairy-tale story. Explore over 70 levels to help a young princess named Jokerine restore peace and beauty in card realms and learn a secret! Use cool bonuses to make your way through 5 unique card realms. Play 5 card-based mini-games and explore a beautifully rendered world in 5 Realms of Cards.
Reference accessed HERE. 25th August 2018

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The Game:
Buried somewhere deep within 5 Realms of Cards is probably the traditional game of Solitaire that Windows users everywhere know and love. But the game has gone through so many twists, turns and tweaks that finding that original kernel is hard to do. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing.
The setting for 5 Realms of Cards is straight out of a fairy-tale, or Lewis Caroll’s imagination – it’s hard not to think about the walking, talking playing cards from Alice in Wonderland while immersed in the game. Essentially, the citizens of the aforementioned "5 Realms" live in four sub-kingdoms each governed by one of the four suits: Clubs, Spades, Diamonds and Hearts, and presided over by the mighty Joker’s Tower (which makes up the fifth realm). After evil forces destroy the magic of the kingdoms, you must help a character named Jokerine restore the magic and return peace to the 5 Realms.
Unfortunately, after setting up such an interesting game world and premise, 5 Realms essentially ignores it for remainder of the experience as you dive straight into completing various card-based challenges.


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In these challenges, you ‘re presented with various rows and columns of cards, and the goal is to make chains of at least three cards by connecting cards that are one rank lower or higher than the card it’s touching. For example, a 3 could be matched with either a 2 or a 4. To create a chain, you click the first card with your mouse and drag it through all the other cards, then click again to clear the cards from the board. When this is done, new cards fall from the top of the screen to fill in the gaps left by what you just cleared. An ace acts like a bit of a wildcard by allowing you to match it with any higher or lower card (not just a 2).
Stacking cards one lower or higher is one vestige of traditional Solitaire that remains in 5 Realms of Cards; another is that the dealt cards can be stacked on top of each other and you have to work your way to the bottom of the pile by clearing the cards on top.
The criteria for winning is different with each puzzle, but common goals include clearing a certain number of card (i.e. Aces of Spades), collect a certain number of cards, uncovering all the closed cards, and bringing all Court cards (King, Queen, Jack) to the bottom of the screen by the clearing cards underneath them so that they fall.
You’ll encounter various special cards that need to be cleared in a certain way. Sometimes cards are covered in ice or have the number wiped off, and you have to create matches around them to bring them back to normal. Snowflake cards actually turn the cards around them to ice and can only be cleared by matching them with something else, while changeable cards adopt a new face value after every turn.

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Whichever realm Jokerine is in will feature that particular suit prominently. For example, the Spades realm features a Spades flag bonus. By clearing a lot of Spades off the board you’ll fill the flag meter, and when full, all Spades on the board will be automatically cleared.
The game features both a Timed and Untimed mode, and the nice thing about this is that you can switch between either on the fly during the same game. (In other words, if you start the game in one mode, you don’t have to start back at scratch if you want to try the other mode.)
5 Realms of Cards also features a handful of mini-games played after each puzzle. There are two memory games and a game that involves clicking on cards as they turn over that is similar to whack-a-mole. Further mini-games are unlocked: Long Chain, where you have to clear all the cards in the pattern with a single chain, and Puzzle where you must collect all the cards in the level (you can use multiple moves this time, but the cards don’t replenish themselves). There are 36 challenges each in Long Chain and Puzzle.
While these mini-games are fun, it gets to be a pain to have to do them after every single level. Spacing them out more – say, as a fun diversion after every 5 or 10 puzzles – would have kept them fresher and been less disruptive. Another gripe is that the game’s instructions are ambiguous at times. I’m still not sure I completely understand how the whole Aces / Wild Card concept works.

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These issues aside, 5 Realms of Cards is still a fun, elegant and slightly exotic little game. With a little more polish it could have been even better.
Edited reference accessed HERE. Originally posted by Erin Bell on Aug 16, 2007. Edited and reposted by Whiterabbit-uk 25th Aug 2018.Other Reviews and Videos of 5 Realms of Cards:
You can see Big Fish community reviews of 5 Realms of Cards HERE and more information on any technical issues in the Big Fish forums HERE. There are several in-game videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE (Russian) and HERE (Russian).
If for any reason you want to contact the giveaway team, for example, you have a game to offer the community, or are unable to download the latest game or other issues that the FAQ's thread or these comments don't cover or solve you can do so HERE
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank MyPlayCity for giving away 5 Realms of Cards and also to the game giveaway team, as always, for securing other ways to get free games.

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Useful Information not related to today's game giveaway:
If 5 Realms of Cards doesn't interest you, but you still hanker for something new to play, you'll find details of some game deals whether they be sale items, indie bundles or games being given away for free HERE (I've not updated the thread in a while, but most of the links still take you to the latest deals).
The rest of the information that used to be posted in the game review can be found in the forums HERE. Finally, check out Delenns threads for details of other free games and offers HERE and elsewhere in the game discussion forums HERE, (usually on the first page of the game discussion forums).



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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)
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Downloaded and installed easily. Game is fun. Would prefer not having to change screen resolution down to 1440 x 900 before it will play. Guess I am spoiled by other game makers Alawar etc.

Reply   |   Comment by Suzanne  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#6

It doesn't seem that the aces are wild - just that they're both high and low. They'll connect to a 2 and to the highest card at the moment (starts at 4).

I agree, that some of the game is a mystery. The snowflakes seem too aggressive - they fill the neighboring cards quicker than makes sense. I've had them twice, and only got rid of them because of a flag bonus.

Reply   |   Comment by dave6d6ky  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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At first, downloads went fine, then we had to shut down the antivirus, and now I can't find the setup. I go to where it says it is and it's not there. I even extract it to a folder and it isn't there. Tired of playing hide and seek.

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If you tried to install the game first, then turned off your AV, it may have been deleted by your AV software. Try redownloading the game, or, if you still have the zipped file use that again.

Reply   |   Comment by Ron  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
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I downloaded the files, opened the setup file and waited for it to install. Now it's installed, but where did it go? I can't find it anywhere. Any suggestions?

Reply   |   Comment by steve C,  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

steve C, the game installs to C:\Program Files (x86)\MyPlayCity.com\5 Realms of Cards.

Reply   |   Comment by Buster  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#3

Needs a standard cursor choice.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#2

Really fun and not really a solitaire game

Reply   |   Comment by Jeffrey K Benham  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
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