Seattle-based social games developer Big Fish Games has launched its solitaire product, Fairway Solitaire Blast, for customers using smartphone and tablet devices.

The game features arcade-style power-ups, social networking features and newly-designed solitaire layouts.

It is designed to combine the solitaire card game with arcade-style gameplay, and comes with a number of special features including card-destroying power-ups and challenges to help players build up their scores.

Users can also share scores through social networks and gift friends lives, while Big Fish is currently working on the development of a new tournament feature, similar to those available through its social casino app Big Fish Casino where users can win in-game prizes.

The Facebook variant of the game, Fairway Solitaire, has been live for over two years and has been credited by Big Fish as a key driver of revenue alongside the casino product.

Big Fish saw revenue grow to $266m for 2013, and while the increase was largely due to Big Fish Casino, which saw income rise 250 per cent for the year, the company noted that Fairway Solitaire’s 100 per cent revenue growth played an important role.


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