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The craze for “play-to-earn” games may have died down, but believe it or not, there are still plenty of crypto-based games out there that can earn you bitcoin as you play — and you don’t need to buy NFTs to get started .
Solitaire is one of the most popular bitcoin rewards games on iOS and Android, with no fewer than three competing variants that let you stack sats (or satoshis, aka 1/100,000,000 BTC) while stacking digital playing cards: THNDR Games’ Club Bitcoin: Solitaire, Bitcoin Solitaire by Bling Financial and Viker’s Solitaire – Card Game 2023.
All three games are broadly similar and offer a simple digital solitaire game full of obnoxious video ads. With all three games, you can actually earn Bitcoin on the side and then have it paid out to a wallet. Keep your expectations in check though: we’re talking pennies worth of BTC for hours of gameplay.
And I would know because I played each game for about two hours to see how much bitcoin I was able to earn from each game. Here’s a quick recap of each game (played on iPhone), along with a verdict on which bitcoin solitaire app is most worth your time and attention.
Club Bitcoin: Solitaire
THNDR Games makes a number of Bitcoin-winning mobile games, including Tetro Tiles, and its Club Bitcoin: Solitaire (iPhone, Android) is by far the most visually appealing of them all. It spices up this very traditional deck of cards with a bit of visual flair, and the streamlined interface that lets you put any card on the right deck with just a tap feels intuitive and responsive.
But with the sats it is stingy. As you play, you earn tickets that enter raffles where you can win large to small packages of satoshis. But after two hours of play, I had only earned 59 sats…that’s less than $0.02. Also, you must redeem and withdraw the sats to a wallet within a few days or they will disappear.
Club Bitcoin: Solitaire by THNDR Games. Image: Decrypt
Club Bitcoin was the most visually and tactilely entertaining of the three, but also offered the fewest rewards. However, your mileage may vary. No matter how it turns out, you still have to watch some really tedious video ads for cheating looking mobile games.
Bling Financial is another publisher with a slew of crypto-related mobile games, and Bitcoin Solitaire (iPhone, Android) — created with PlayDay Studios — was by far the most generous game of this trio when it comes to earning satoshis.
Admittedly, it’s all relative: After two hours of playing, I had accumulated enough “Bling Points” to withdraw 339 satoshis, which is about $0.09. That’s still basically nothing, but it’s more than five times the amount of bitcoin I’ve earned playing Club Bitcoin, with a similar amount of obnoxious ads permeating the experience.
Bitcoin Solitaire by Bling/PlayDay. Image: Decrypt
Blings Bitcoin Solitaire has a more spartan design than Club Bitcoin, but the interface is just as responsive and offers a fun mobile solitaire game. However, I noticed that I won a lot more games playing Bitcoin Solitaire than the other two games. It feels like it’s meant to go easy on you, but when you’re on your way to victory and racking up sats, it’s hard to complain.
Solitaire – card game 2023
There is an odd discrepancy between the iPhone and Android versions: the iOS game has the boring title above, while the Android game has “Earn Bitcoin” in the title. But appearances are a bit deceptive here, because with both games you can end up earning tiny amounts of Bitcoin.
In this case, Viker’s version of solitaire is solid, but not quite as streamlined as the others. A double-tap on each map is required to send it to its rightful destination, making the flow slightly slower than in the other games, and the UI – which includes an advertising banner – is nowhere near as expressive and stylish as in Club Bitcoin.
Solitaire – card game 2023 by Viker. Image: Decrypt
All in all, this is a rock-solid smartphone solitaire game with about the same amount of clunky, time-consuming, full-screen video ads as the others. And overall, this game sits right in the middle of the rest in terms of payout – I earned 122 satoshis in about two hours of play, which is just over $0.03 in BTC.
Which one should you play?
After earning a total of less than $0.15 for six full hours of play, it’s fair to say that none of these games will net you any significant amount of cryptocurrency. If Solitaire gameplay is what you care about most, you’ll probably find a mobile version with more elegance and less intrusive ads.
But among the games with crypto rewards, Blings Bitcoin Solitaire ticks all the right boxes. It doesn’t look particularly fancy, but the gameplay is smooth and fun, and I made by far the most BTC out of all these games…even if it wasn’t worth a penny.
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