Whether you enjoy slow playing card games like solitaire or quick games that keep you on your toes, there’s definitely something for everyone when it comes to preference. Speed the Card Game is a game by JimmyInteractive that adds a few twists to the classic fast-paced card game that’s also known as spit or slam.
The goal of Speed the Card Game is to discard the cards in your hand as quickly as possible. If you’re left with zero cards before your opponent, you win the game. Cards from your hand must be dragged to one of the two discard piles in the middle of the screen.
Card values must be one above or below the value on the discard pile. For example, if a 3 is on top of the discard pile, you can only place a 2 or a 4. Suits don’t matter, which makes the game infinitely easier.
If you’re unfamiliar with how “shedding” card games work, unfortunately Speed the Card Game might not be the best introduction. I couldn’t find a tutorial for the game so I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out the basics. Hopefully an interactive tutorial can be added so that new players spend less time learning the basics and more time mastering the game.
As far as layout and navigation, Speed the Card Game is pretty straightforward. I like the fact that it’s not filled with flashy graphics and animations, which can be a big turnoff to some players. The game is easy to figure out once you know the basics.
Players who like a good challenge will be happy to know that Speed the Card Game offers multiple difficulty levels if you’re playing against the computer, which is a great way to sharpen your skills. The game recently added online multiplayer functionality, which requires connecting the game to Facebook or creating an account via email. This isn’t mandatory, though, and the game works perfectly fine offline against the AI.
I did find one other disappointment with Speed the Card Game, which is the lack of Game Center integration. The game features its own leaderboards and achievements, but I think it could do so much more with Game Center. This is especially true for iPhone and iPad gamers who rely on the service for connecting with friends and challenging them.
Overall, Speed the Card Game is a very fun card game for iPhone and iPad that’s perfect for both beginners and experienced card players. Aside from the lack of a tutorial, the game is very solid and fun to play. The online option is great for players who want to climb the leaderboards, while the offline feature is perfect for those who are just looking for a fun card game to play. I highly recommend checking it out!
Speed the Card Game requires iOS 7 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.
A small administrative fee was paid by the developer for publication of this review, which did not influence the reviewer’s opinion