We’ll be working on a review for Regency Solitaire on Nintendo Switch, so I got in touch with Grey Alien Games to talk a bit about the game. Come check it out!
PS4Blog: Hi! Thank you for taking the time to join us this morning. Can you please help us get started by telling our readers a bit about yourself and your work?
Hello, I’m Helen Carmichael, a writer and game developer. I have worked on a bunch of titles for PC, such as Shadowhand, Ancient Enemy, and Going Medieval. I work with my husband and studio co-owner, Jake Birkett, who is a senior game designer. Our studio is called Grey Alien Games, and Regency Solitaire is the first title we worked on together for PC. We have now brought it to Nintendo Switch!
PS4B: On that note, Regency Solitaire is now out on Nintendo Switch. How would you describe the game to someone who’s never heard about it?
Regency Solitaire is a romantic, casual solitaire card game set in 1812. If you play your cards right, you can help heroine Bella build a dream ballroom and escape an arranged marriage to the odious Mr. Bleakley. Regency Solitaire has won numerous accolades and was included in PC Gamer’s ‘Top 100 Games’ for PC of all time in 2018.
PS4B: How long did it take to port the game from PC to the Nintendo Switch? Were there any particular hurdles you had to overcome during the process?
We made the original game in BlitzMax, so we needed to port it to Unity for the Nintendo Switch. We had assistance from Coldwild Games with the coding side. We started the port in 2019, but it did get put on hold during that time due to us having to finish and ship other projects. Most of the challenges came from adapting mouse controls to touchscreen and JoyCon controls, but we are happy with the results!
PS4B: Are you considering bringing other releases from Grey Alien Games to Nintendo’s console?
It’s a nice idea, but we will have to see how well Regency Solitaire performs on Nintendo Switch first.
PS4B: And now it’s time for us to go. Would you like to add anything else?
Ever since we launched Regency Solitaire in 2015, we’ve had comments that it would be great to play on a touchscreen device. We’re glad we’ve now made that possible!