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  Shape Solitaire Tips and Strategies




·          Unlike most Solitaire games, suit and color do not usually matter in Shape Solitaire. Unless the square on which you want to play a card happens to have a suit symbol printed on it, you can play from any suit at all. Only the card value matters.




·          When you play a card on the board, it only has to be an appropriate match for one of the adjacent cards. If an empty square is surrounded by several cards, all with different values, you can choose to play a card of one value higher or lower than any one of the surrounding cards. Keep this in mind when placing cards, and try not to cluster up too many cards of the same value in one location. For example, it’s easier to find an appropriate match for a square surrounded by a 2, 5, 8, and Queen (eight possible matches) than it would be for one surrounded by three 3s and a 6 (only four possible matches).




·          Try to build in multiple directions simultaneously. Concentrating on only one portion of the game board at a time -- particularly in Arcade mode -- means that cards which could have been useful elsewhere might be slipping by at the bottom of the screen.




·          In Arcade mode, if two cards of the same value scroll by at the same time, and one of them is sparkling, try to use that one first. Sparkling cards will increment your Return Bonus counter and, while you may not actually need to use the Return feature, it’s nice to have as many points on there as possible in case you find yourself out of cards.