How to customize Solitaire and Bubble Breaker
Submitted Friday, February 23, 2007
Solitaire's Menu >Options screen (pre-WM5 PPCs: Tools >Options) lets you customize the game the way you prefer (Options not available in Smartphones). Bubble Breaker's (called Jawbreaker in pre-WM5 devices) Game >Options screen (Smartphones: Menu >Options) is where you can customize your preferences.
Here's how to do it:
Solitaire may not improve your productivity, but you need to take a break every now and then. You can customize the card game (which is built into all Windows Mobile devices) to change how the cards are dealt, how the game is scored, and even what the back of the cards look like. All this is done from Solitaire's Options screen. To get there from Solitaire's main screen, tap on Menu in the bottom right of the screen and select Options (pre-WM5: tap Tools in the lower left of the screen and select Options).
The Solitaire Options screen.
The "Draw" option lets you choose to either turn every third card over, or one at a time.
The "Scoring" option lets you use the standard scoring method, the Las Vegas scoring method, or no scoring. Other options allow you to time the game, display the score at the bottom of the screen if Standard or Las Vegas scoring is selected, and keep a cumulative score when Las Vegas scoring is selected.
The Card Back selection feature is located on the second tab of the Options screen. Tap on the card design of your choice to select it and on OK to return to Solitaire's main screen.
The objective of Bubble Breaker (built into all Windows Mobile devices) is to align similar bubbles to form large blocks of bubbles before bursting them. The more bubbles you have in the block before they are burst, the greater number of points you will receive. You can set a number of options under the Game >Options menu (Smartphones: Menu >Options).
You can set the options you want in the Bubble Breaker options menu on both Pocket PCs (left) and Smartphones (right).
The "Guest Mode" enables guests to play without affecting the statistics.
In the Game Style drop-down menu, you can choose from four different modes:
Standard – The default mode of play where there is a set number of bubbles that will not increase.
Continuous – Whenever a vertical set of bubbles has been burst and the remaining bubbles have shifted over to the right, a new, randomly selected column of bubbles will pop up on the left, allowing a game to be played for an extended amount of time.
Shifter – When a set of bubbles has been burst, all remaining bubbles to the top and left will shift down and to the right.
MegaShift – A combination of the shifter and continuous styles where bubbles will shift down and to the right while empty columns will fill on the left.
By Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine staff