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Snowbird Solitaire Q&A with Pogo John!

Pogo Llama: Welcome back to the Pogo Insider! Now I know you’ve been working on this brand-new Pogo title for awhile. Can you please tell us about about the new game and how long you’ve been working on it?
Pogo John: Hello there! I hope everyone had a wonderful winter holiday. I’m excited to see what the next year brings for us here at Pogo! The next game that I’ve been working on is called Snowbird Solitaire. We’ve been developing this project since summer of 2019.

Pogo Llama: I love the name of the game. My grandparents are actual “snowbirds,” as they live in Wisconsin and winter in Arizona! Do you have any insight into how the name came to be?
Pogo John: We initially started out with the concept of a solitaire game where players can also decorate their very own island resort. From there we started talking about our guide character, Bearnard, and this eventually led us to the idea of snowbirds since he is a polar bear.

Pogo Llama: What are your favorite features about Snowbird Solitaire?
Pogo John: My favorite feature has got to be the decorator mode of the game. I really enjoy it because some of the items you purchase and place will actually have snowbirds show up from time to time as you visit the resort! Another feature that I’m really excited about is the screenshot button. By pressing this button, you’ll be able to download an image of your resort that you can keep and look at whenever you feel the need to get away from your day-to-day. 

Pogo Llama: My favorite feature is decorating the resort, too! It’s reminiscent of decorating my garden in Solitaire Gardens but taken to a new level. It’ll be so much fun to download my resort and show it to my friends and family. I may even print it out and put it on my desk. How do I get items to decorate?
Pogo John: I’m glad to hear that it’s your favorite feature too! You’ll be able to purchase items by using Pineapple Coins that you win during the solitaire gameplay. Once you get coins you can spend them in the in-game store. You’ll notice there are a lot of decorative items in the game, so you’ll also be able to purchase Pineapple Coins with your Pogo Gems if you like.

Pogo Llama: I want to know all about Bearnard! Please tell us about him and where we’ll see him in the game.
Pogo John:  Bearnard is your guide to the Snowbird Solitaire resort. He is a polar bear that will show you the ropes when you first arrive at the tropical island he calls home. In addition to lending a helping hand during the beginning of the game, you’ll also get help from him when you use some power-ups and boosters.

Pogo Llama: What is the type of bird that is featured in the game? They’re adorable! In fact, all of the art is so fun!
Pogo John: We thought about a lot of different options, but being from Alaska myself and with some of our development team in Canada we decided on having our birds be ptarmigans. Ptarmigans tend to live in colder northern environments, so we thought it went well with the concept of ‘snowbirds’. 

Pogo Llama: What should players keep in mind as they progress through Snowbird Solitaire?
Pogo John: You’ll start out playing the game in the beach area of the resort, but there is much more to see and decorate as you play. Keep playing through levels and you’ll eventually be able to unlock other areas on the map. As you unlock new areas, you’ll find unique items in the store exclusive to that area. There are of course items that can be used all over the resort, as well.

Pogo Llama: Is there anything else you’d like to share about Snowbird Solitaire?
Pogo John: When playing the game you’ll definitely come across some challenging levels and obstacles. If you need any help to get through a particularly tough level don’t forget to utilize power-ups as they can definitely come in handy in a pinch!

Pogo Llama: Thank you so much for your time, Pogo John!

Play Snowbird Solitaire now!

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