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Solitaire Blitz on iOS

  • Already playing Solitaire Blitz on Facebook? Learn about Solitaire Blitz on iOS!

If you're used to playing the game already on Facebook, here are some things you'll need to know to get the most out of the iOS version of the game.

When you first install Solitaire Blitz on your iOS device, you will begin with 5 units of Energy and 50000 Silver.  You can purchase more in the Shop.

You will go through the tutorial when you first play, even if you logged in to Facebook on the first prompt.  Don't worry--it won't take long, and you'll learn about the features specific to this version.  For instance, if you were used to the keyboard shortcut of using your spacebar to draw from your deck, you'll be happy to discover the touchscreen equivalent!  A simple swipe will draw from your deck.

Your progress, score, Decks, and Silver & Energy balances will sync between Facebook and iOS when you log in.  If you then continue play on your iOS device in offline mode, perhaps due to losing your active Internet connection, your data will sync again the next time your Internet signal is strong enough.  

Win Streaks are maintained separately on your device and will not sync with Facebook. 

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  • Solitaire Blitz iOS Glossary

Achievements – Solitaire Blitz Lost Treasures on iOS tracks your achievements and lets you know when you've done something special!
Tap the gear icon on the lower right corner...  
...then tap on Goodies...  
...then tap to view your Achievements.  

In the Achievements menu, tap any locked icon to learn what you need to do to unlock it. 

Build Piles – The destination piles for the cards in your Stacks.  You start with just one build pile, but you can unlock two more as you play by finding Key Cards.

Boosts – Boosts are special powers you can use to earn a higher score and enhance your game.  They can give you extra time, extra cards, extra fish, extra jokers and more!  Try different Boosts, to find the ones that best suit your style of play.

Card Multiplier – The Card Multiplier affects all the points you earn from playing cards. Whenever you find a fish, that indicates the card multiplier has gone up by one (from x1 to x2, for example).  The maximum multiplier is x9.    

Deck – Also sometimes referred to as the Draw Pile, the Deck is where the remainder of the cards are placed after dealing out the Stacks.  Play from the deck whenever you run out of moves, but be careful!  This pile will run out of cards, and you can only go through it once. On your iOS device, you can draw from the deck by swiping your finger across the screen at any spot or by tapping the deck.

Decks – All decks of cards are the same on the front (4 suits of 13 cards, plus 2 jokers).  But they can have different backs with very different art.  Play with your favorite!  You earn new decks as rewards for completing quests!

Tap the gear icon, then Goodies to find the Deck Selector.  

Energy – One unit of Energy is consumed with every deal of the cards.  Energy recharges at a steady rate, up to a maximum of 5.  Additional energy bought in the shop or received as gifts is stored in a separate bank, drawn from only when your regular energy is at zero.  Your current energy level is indicated by a meter on the main menu.  

Fish – Every time you see a Fish in the game, it means your Multiplier has increased.  

Friends – The more Facebook friends who play with you, the more free Energy you can receive!  You can invite friends to play via Facebook, email, or text message (only Facebook friends will show up on your leaderboard). To invite friends, tap the person icon at the lower left.

Key Card – Two cards randomly placed among the Stacks have ribbons on them, indicating that they are Key Cards.  Each key card will unlock an additional build pile for you to play on.

Leaderboard – The Leaderboard displays all of your Facebook friends who are playing the game and their highest score this week.  Click on the lightning bolt beside a friend’s name to send them a free unit of Energy!

Messages – If your friend sends you a gift, you will find it in your messages.  If you have messages waiting, this screen will appear automatically at the start of the game.

Shop – You can buy Energy, Silver, and Boosts in the Shop.  

Silver – Silver is the currency of Solitaire Blitz.  It lets you buy Boosts for your hand and can also be used to buy some items in the Shop.  Your current Silver balance is indicated by a meter on the main menu.

Stacks – The cards are dealt out into seven Stacks at the start of the game.  To clear each stack, you must move the cards onto the build piles.  Each stack conceals a treasure buried beneath.   

Stopwatch – You have just 60 seconds to clear the cards from the Stacks, and the Stopwatch tracks your time.

Time Lines – There are four Time Lines in each hand, at depths of 1, 4, 7 and 10 cards.  When you clear all the cards above a Time Line, 20 seconds are added to the clock.

Treasure – Shells, crabs, jewelry, antiques, and many more mysterious things await you on the ocean floor, concealed by the stacks of cards.  If you clear all of the cards in a stack, you can pick up its Treasure.  The treasures are instantly converted to Silver.

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  • The world (and worm!) of Solitaire Blitz

Welcome to the beautiful island home of Solitaire Blitz!  It's an idyllic setting for you to start a new career as a treasure hunter!  In this peaceful tropical locale, you are one of many trolling the depths in search of rare and valuable artifacts.  

Treasure-hunting is so popular here that even local wildlife want to get into the game!  You'll find birds, fish, even worms eager to join you on your quest and lend a hand...well, a metaphorical hand.  You'll be lent plenty of fins, flippers, tentacles, wings....

Otis the worm is one of your best buddies below the waves!  When he swings in at the end of a game, take a moment to click on him to claim your treasure!  If you forget to click on "Claim Treasures," don't worry--earned silver is still automatically added as long as you complete the game.  But if you don't click on Otis, you won't get to see the values of your discoveries!   Another option is to click on your treasures one by one to see their worth.

Otis gets particularly excited for you when you've found especially rare and exotic treasures!  When he does a little dance for you, you've uncovered something that would be the envy of your fellow treasure hunters!  

Otis' best friend is Pearl, the mermaid, your trusty tour guide through the deep!  Count on her to keep you informed of new and important features as you navigate the deep blue sea.

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  • Trouble connecting to Facebook within your iOS game

If you are having trouble connecting to Facebook from within your game, there are a number of basic steps to try.

1. Do you have the current version of both apps, the game and Facebook?


 

Apps are updated regularly, and you will be notified of any available updates via the App Store.

On your device, if you see something like this, six of your installed apps have updates available for download!

You can also check your app version against the iTunes or App Store description to be sure. The app version number is found in the game's Options menu.

2. Try Closing Any Unnecessary Apps

Every time you launch an app on your iOS device, it remains open in the background so that it will load more quickly next time you need it. However, this adds up over time to a large number of apps running at once, and it can seriously slow down your entire device. It can also prevent your game from establishing a Facebook connection!

To view all open apps, give your home button a quick double-tap. You should see a bar open at the bottom of the screen with your app icons displayed:

You can swipe your finger right-to-left to scroll through the pages of open apps. Yes, there may literally be pages full of them!

Press and hold any app icon to cause them to jiggle:

Tap the minus symbol at the corner of any app icon in order to close that app. You may be surprised how many apps are running in the background at any given time! Closing the ones you don't actively need just now will greatly improve your device's overall speed and responsiveness.

This process does not delete an app from your device! You can launch the closed apps again the next time you need them.

3. Restart Your Device

If you’ve followed the steps above and you’re still receiving an error when you try to connect to Facebook, try simply restarting your iOS device. Once the device is restarted, try starting the game and connecting to Facebook before starting any other applications.

4. Reinstall the game

If simply closing background apps or turning your device off and back on has not resolved performance issues with an app, the next step we recommend is to delete the app and reinstall it.

Note: deleting apps will also delete offline progress, so please be sure to backup your data first. You will not lose any online progress, as that is stored on our servers and will be recovered when you connect to Facebook.

 

To delete an app from your iOS device, simply press and hold the app icon until all the icons begin to jiggle, and an x appears at the corner of each icon.

Tap the x to delete the app.

You can then redownload the app through iTunes or the App Store. Only the iTunes backup will also allow you to restore your saved progress.

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  • Adding Silver, Energy, & Boosts on Solitaire Blitz iOS

There are a number of ways to access the Shop in Solitaire Blitz on iOS.  

Tap the Silver meter to open the Silver shop!  
     
Tap the Energy meter to open the Energy Shop!  
     

When you start a game, you can select from any of the Boosts available currently, or visit the Boost shop to buy packs of your favorites!

From the Boost shop, you can also access the Silver and Energy shops.

 
     
Also, on the main menu, you can tap the Shop icon at the lower right.   
     

You can also earn Silver by watching short videos from our sponsors! 

Beside the Shop icon, you will see an icon which indicates if a video is available. If you watch a video, don't forget to tap "Get Your Reward" at the end to collect your Silver!

If the icon is grayed out, come back later to find another video!

 

 
What is Silver?

There are many treasures under the sea, from shells and crabs to pirate chests and royal regalia.  Recovering these treasures will earn you Silver, the standard currency of the seven seas.  The rarer the treasure, the higher its value!  Silver is what you need in order to buy boosts that will enhance your game.  You start on Solitaire Blitz for iOS with 50,000 Silver.

Boosts

Boosts help you win the game and/or get a higher score that you would have earned without them.  You have a chance to buy them before each hand.  Some boosts are better suited for beginners (like “Extra Time” which gives you another 30 seconds to play).  Others are better for strategic players (like “Run Finder” which gives you extra information about what’s underneath the top card).  See the Boosts FAQ to learn more about all the possibilities! Please note, some Boosts are not currently available on iOS and will only appear while playing on Facebook.

Energy

It takes Energy to dive for treasure!   You start with 5 units of Energy, and each hand consumes one.  Fortunately, as soon as you drop below the maximum, Energy begins to replenish.  In a few minutes, you’ll be back up to full.

To help each other out, you and your Facebook friends can send free Energy to each other, above and beyond the maximum.  Just click the envelope beside a friend's name on the leaderboard to instantly send one unit of Energy per friend per day.  Also, extra Energy is always available for purchase in the Shop.  Energy that you purchase or receive from friends goes into your “Energy Bank,” where it’s saved until you’re ready to use it.  

Banked Energy

Using your banked energy is as simple as clicking Play just as you normally do!  There are no extra steps required.  If you have no more regular energy available, the next time you play, it will simply draw from your bank instead.

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  • Basic Troubleshooting for iOS Games

If your game is crashing on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, try the steps below:

  • Restart your device.
    Your iOS device is a computer, and just like any computer, it sometimes needs to be turned off and on.  This simple step will resolve many issues!  To power down, press and hold the Power button until the red slider bar appears on the screen. Then drag the slider to confirm you want to turn your device off.  Wait a moment before you press and hold the Power button again to turn it back on.
     
  • Reset your device.
    Press and hold the Power button and the Home button at the same time, holding for more than 10 seconds. Don't release until the Apple logo appears.
     
  • Uninstall and reinstall the game.
    Just like your device is a computer, your app is a piece of software, so the same basic steps can be useful. "Uninstall and reinstall" is a simple troubleshooting measure.

    You can uninstall an app by pressing and holding the app icon until it wiggles, then tap the "x" on it. Reinstalling is as simple as reconnecting through iTunes!

    Of course, uninstalling the app will result in the loss of all game progress and user profiles created. It is possible to back up the data through iTunes so that you can restore it. To restore a previously saved state for your apps, connect your device, and open iTunes. Right-click the device's name, and select "Restore from backup." 

    Note: Please be sure to reinstall through a backup for older apps and on older devices. The current version available for download may not be compatible with your device, so it is safest to reload the version you previously had installed.

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  • Error Message: "Blocked App"

When you attempt to connect to Facebook from your game on iOS, do you receive an error message that reads "Blocked App?" 

This error message indicates that you have blocked the game within your Facebook account settings.  Please visit Facebook in your browser to resolve this issue (official Facebook instructions can be found here, or just continue reading for the steps to take!).

Click the gear icon at the upper right corner. A drop-down menu will appear.

 
Select Account Settings in the drop-down.  
On the lefthand side of the page, select Blocking.  

At the bottom, there will be a section called Block apps.  Any apps you have blocked in the past will be listed there.  Click "Unblock" beside the app you want to be able to connect to from your iOS device.

When you launch the game again, you will be able to log into Facebook from the app!

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  • Boosts in Solitaire Blitz

There are a great variety of game-enhancing boosts to choose from in Solitaire Blitz! Experiment with them, one at a time and in different combinations, and see which earn you the highest scores and the coolest treasures!  The boosts that are available for purchase slowly change over time.  Some new options are added, and others are retired.  If a favorite isn't available today, take the opportunity to try a new combo!

Boosts are purchased with Silver.

  Anytime Joker: Keep an Ace up your sleeve...or in this case, a Joker. With one of these cards set aside for use at any time, you're able to move quickly through a tough spot!
  Bonus Fish: This boost starts your score multiplier off at x2!
  Depth Charge: This boost plants two explosives in your stacks, allowing you to detonate four cards in a vertical blast.  At the start of the round, you will see which stacks the explosives are hidden within, and once you have uncovered them, you can click on them at any time to destroy a portion of the stack beneath! 
  Double Time: Start with twice the time on your clock!  Alone, this boost starts you off with two full minutes; in combination with Extra Time, this boost sets three minutes on your clock!  Double Time is your ticket on a leisurely sail through the islands of Solitaire Blitz!
 

Double Mine: Deal double devastation to your decks! Twice throughout the round, you will discover explosive potential waiting to be unleashed from the depths. Tap a Mine to clear all your face-up cards, and don't worry about whether it's too soon to lower that first boom--there's another one coming!

  Extra Cards: Adds 13 cards plus 1 Joker to the deck to keep you from running out of moves.  Recommended for use with Extra Time so you have a chance to get through all these extra cards!
  Extra Jokers: Add two extra Jokers to your deck!
  Extra Time: This boost is simple, yet elegant.  Who couldn't use another 30 seconds on the clock?
  Key Magnet: To get all your build piles started earlier in the game, play with the Key Magnet boost!  It will draw all Keys toward the tops of the stacks so you can quickly open your second and third piles. 
  Mine: This boost is devastating to all face-up cards on your stacks!  At the start of the round, you'll see which stack conceals your Mine, and once you uncover it, you can click it at any time to explode all the face-up cards at once!  Very handy for clearing unplayable cards and reaching your next Time Line!
  Run Finder: This boost marks runs of cards in the same stack so you can click with confidence!  If there are multiple playable cards in a row within the same stack, they'll be turned face-up to indicate that.
  Spyglass: Highlights the deck immediately whenever there are no legal plays available to you on your stacks.  This boost will save you valuable seconds of considering possible moves! 
  Starrgh-Fish: Once you uncover this boost, click it to initiate an auto-play burst of the best possible moves on the board!  He'll play from the stacks where possible, draw from the deck if he must, aim for key cards if he can, and do his best to save Jokers for you, but best of all, he'll do it in a fraction of the time it would take you to choose your next play!
  Starting Joker: Choose this boost to guarantee that your first card on the deck is playable!  The Joker matches when nothing else does.
  Tempest in a Teacup: No moves available?  A couple of empty stacks and a couple you've made barely a dent in?  Use this handy boost to reshuffle your remaining cards into a set of new, even stacks, turning up a whole new set of options and resetting the levels above your Time Line!

 

Boost Packs

You can save on Silver by buying some of the most popular Boosts by the Pack!  

  Visit the Shop or click on the Boost Pack Shop icon in the Boosts selection menu to choose a pack of boosts!
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  • How do I pause my game?

You can pause your game at any time by clicking the pause icon right under the timer.  Your cards will all flip over and the time will freeze until you click the "Keep Playing" button to resume the game.

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  • Trouble hearing game sounds or music since updating to iOS7?

The recent upgrade to iOS7 has reset some basic system options to their defaults.  If you had previously chosen to use the side switch for its "Lock Rotation" function, upgrading to iOS7 has restored its default "Mute" function.  

You can alter your preferences again in the Settings app.  

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  • How to Play Solitaire Blitz

The Basics

Solitaire Blitz starts with two full decks of cards being shuffled and dealt out to form seven stacks (totalling 67 cards), plus one draw pile (41 cards). At the start of the game, the top card of the draw pile is turned over to form a build pile, and the clock starts.

You have one minute to move the cards from all 7 stacks onto the build pile(s). Suits and colors don't matter, only the rank of the card. You can play any card from a stack onto the build pile, as long as it’s exactly one higher or one lower than the card that’s already there. Aces can be high or low, so they are playable on both Kings and Twos and form a bridge between those cards. Jokers can play on anything.

At any time – but especially if you get stuck with no other legal moves – you can return to the draw pile to deal fresh cards onto the build pile(s).  Just be careful. You can only go through the deck once, so it can easily run out.

The game ends when you run out of moves, run out of time, or win by clearing all the cards. No matter whether you win or lose the game, if you clear all of the cards from a stack, you get to pick up the treasure at the bottom of it. Good luck!

Advanced Play

Beating the clock is the biggest challenge in Solitaire Blitz. To earn extra time, clear the cards from every stack down to the depth of the next Time Line.

  There are four Time Lines in each hand, and each one you uncover adds an extra 20 seconds to the clock.

Making long runs is critical for getting a good score in Solitaire Blitz. A run refers to any two or more cards you play successfully in a row without drawing from the deck or attempting an "illegal" play. Illegal plays occur when you click on a card that cannot be placed anywhere. As the length of your run increases, each card scores a higher number of points than the one before. As your run continues, every 10 cards earns you a permanent multiplier, heralded by one of the sign-carrying fish. Even if you break your run, that multiplier lasts for the rest of the hand.

To start your game off strong and build up speed to get runs going, look for the Key Cards that unlock extra build piles. Two Key Cards are randomly dealt into the stacks in every hand. These Key Cards can be identified by a ribbon slipped over the bottom right edge of the cards. Once played, the Key Card will unlock the next available build pile and deal a card onto it, giving you more potential moves.

When multiple build piles are available, a card played from the stacks goes left-to-right through the build piles, looking for a match. If you have a card that could be played on more than one of the build piles, it will land on the first available from left-to-right. There is no way to select which pile it lands on. A Joker will always land on the first build pile.

Tips and Tricks

How do you get a high score in Solitaire Blitz? Simple! Play fast and make long runs! But everyone approaches this goal a little differently. Here are a few tips to consider:

  • Try to make the longest runs possible to get the highest score. Before picking a card, look ahead to the second and third card you might play on it. Sometimes, picking a different starting card can result in a longer run. Of course, the “long run” strategy comes at the risk of taking too much time.
  • Try to play as quickly as possible, to beat the time limit and get the most bonus points at the end. Some players imagine a metronome ticking away, and try to play cards as fast as it beats. Others play in quick bursts. While this strategy increases your risk of illegal plays, practicing at “playing fast” can help improve your game over time.
  • Aim for the Key Cards first, to maximize the number of options you have for the rest of the game. You often find yourself with two or three alternative cards. If one of them helps you uncover a Key Card, choose that card first.
  • Choose cards from deeper stacks over shallower ones and try not to empty any of your stacks too quickly. This way, you have more options and won’t get stuck with one tall stack at the end. Keeping the stacks “balanced” in this way not only gives you a better chance of clearing them, it also helps you uncover Time Lines. Of course, this strategy comes at the risk of finding less treasure.
  • Collect rare items to get the most silver. If you see a hint of that telltale glow in the dirt before the deal, aim for it instead of the other stacks. It’s probably worth more silver, which will help you buy boosts in future games.
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  • How do I adjust the volume?

To adjust the volume for the game's sound effects and music:

  1. Click the gears icon in the bottom left corner of the main menu screen. 
  2. Use the slider bars under Music and Sound to adjust to your desired settings.

If you're already playing and need to adjust your volume, you can reach the sound settings by pausing the game.  Tap Options on the Pause menu.

If you're not hearing sound as expected, check that you have not muted your device.

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  • Solitaire Blitz Lost Treasures for iOS

Welcome to Lost Treasures!  Join Pearl, Otis, and the whole gang on a voyage through the world of Solitaire Blitz!  Earn glory, honor, and boundless treasure by completing quests at each location on the map.

Completing the quests earns you far greater rewards than you have yet known in Solitaire Blitz!  In addition to Silver and Energy, you will earn new Decks and bundles of Boosts.  

At the end of each game, you will see which items you have collected:

Just like any treasure, quest items can be found at the bottom of any cleared stack, whether or not you win the game.

How do I advance to the next spot on the map?

Within the Island view, you can tap anywhere on the screen to continue on toward the next destination.  From the main map screen, tap on the next Island to open the detail view.  If you see an arrow icon rather than the Island's number, tap it to download that Island's map to your device.  Then point the bow of your ship toward the horizon, and sail on!  

How do I proceed to the next quest?

Between islands on your quest, you will find that you need to hire additional crewmates for your ship.  It's easier than swabbing the deck!  Just click the Ask Friends to Crew button and ask your friends to help you out.  It doesn't matter whether they are currently Solitaire Blitz players or not.  In fact, you can invite the same friends to crew for you every time! There's no limitation on which of your friends can help you reach the next island.  Once they accept, you will be able to start your quest.  Click on the location again to continue with your crew on board!

If you don't have any Solitaire Blitz players on your friends list, this is a good time to invite them to play!  Alternatively, you can pay to unlock the next quest location with Silver or through a one-time purchase for that island.

Can I replay a quest I've already beaten?

You bet!  Just return to the Main Map and click again on the location to return to a previous quest.  You will see the options to Play Again or Review Quests.  Click Play Again to start this journey once more or Review Quests to see the quest items you collected.  If you choose Play Again, the rewards will be different from those received on the initial completion.  It's a great way to earn lots of Silver!

Don't worry--replaying previous quests in whole or in part will not affect your progress on the later quests.  You can return to the most advanced place you left off at any time!

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  • Scoring in Solitaire Blitz

Many factors influence your score in Solitaire Blitz.

  • Cards played – This is the simplest measure! You get points for every card played onto a build pile, and each card's point value increases as your run continues. A run occurs every time you are able to play multiple cards in a row without attempting an illegal move or playing from the draw pile.
  • Cards left – You get points for every card left in the draw pile when you win.*
  • Time left – You get points for every second left on the clock when you win.*
  • Bonus time – When you clear a Time Line, if the bonus seconds from doing so would have advanced the clock past 1:00, those seconds are instead converted to points.
  • Bursts of speed – You get extra points for playing 6 or more cards very quickly. When you play at least 6 cards with less than 0.75 seconds between each move, every card you play at that speed earns you an extra 500 points!
  • Clearing a stack – You get points every time you clear a stack down to zero cards.
  • Bonus moves – You get points for making certain unusual patterns of cards, such as:

    Royal Family Bonus
    = The three build piles show a King, Queen and Jack at the same time.
    Three Of A Kind Bonus
    = The three build piles show three cards of the same rank.
    Up-Down Bonus
    = Play six or more cards in a row using just two ranks (e.g. 5-6-5-6-5-6).
    Around the World Bonus
    = Play every card from Ace to King (or King to Ace) without changing direction or breaking the run.
    Seven Seas Bonus
    = Play one card from each of the seven stacks, moving left to right. This is a rare achievement to pull off, so don't forget to brag!
    Accuracy Bonus =
    Play your entire game without making a single illegal move.

Cards and Time left over count only the standard cards and time, not any added by the Extra Cards or Extra Time boosts.

Any points earned in the top two categories are multiplied by your current Card Multiplier. The Card Multiplier starts at x1 and goes up by one whenever you find a fish. Some fish appear randomly, but you always get a fish when your run reaches 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, or 60 cards.

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