Solitaire Game Site Re-Launches with HTML5

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The popular Just Solitaire site, originally created in 2003, has relaunched this week with entirely new versions of all 26 solitaire games featured at the site. The games, such as Klondike, Spider, Russian, Canfield, Pyramid, Yukon and Freecell, are the same as before, but with new technology behind them.

Players no longer need the Shockwave and Flash browser plug-ins. Instead, the new games use technology like JavaScript and HTML5. They will play in all major browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera and Google's Chrome browser. In addition, since the games do not require browser plug-ins, they will also work on the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android devices.

"We needed to upgrade the site and move away from plug-ins," said developer Gary Rosenzweig. "Shockwave was the way to go when we started, but since then fewer and fewer people have it installed."

Rosenzweig cited devices like the iPad and iPhone as another major reason to move away from plug-ins. Apple has decided not to allow plug-ins like Flash and Shockwave to run on its new handhelds. That made the games at unplayable on those devices.

In addition to the behind-the-scenes change, the new games also have new features such as auto-save, choice of card and background designs, and scoring.

"The new site is designed to be easy to update," said Rosenzweig. "We plan on adding more features and solitaire variations in the coming months and years."

Rosenzweig said he eventually would like to have every variation of card solitaire on the site, and possibly the ability to set your own rules and layout.

Just Solitaire has done well since its launch in 2003, but Rosenzweig said the site has turned away thousands of people each day because they do not wish to install browser plug-ins, or are unable to do so because the device does not support it.

Most gaming on devices like the iPhone and iPad are done by downloading apps from Apple. But the games at can be played by simply browsing to the site using the built-in Safari web browser that supports all of the technology used by Just Solitaire.

"It is going to be great to see a whole new audience of mobile gamers come to the site," said Rosenzweig.

Just Solitaire is a CleverMedia, Inc. game site along with the popular sites, and The games are free to play, and no sign-up is required.

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