Pocket Card Jockey gets surprise revival for Apple Arcade

Pocket Card Jockey

Game Freak has announced Pocket Card Jockey: Ride On!, a new release for their card and horse racing series.

The new entry is coming to Apple Arcade on January 20th, worldwide, a revival of the original game that will soon be impossible to get with the 3DS eShop shutting down.

The solitaire and horse-racing mashup was originally released for the 3DS in Japan back in 2013, and later got a western 3DS release in 2016. It was also ported to iOS and Android but in Japan only, and was shut down roughly a year later.

Here’s a rundown on Pocket Card Jockey: Ride On!:

Guide Your Steed to the Finish Line by Playing Solitaire!

Saddle up for this unique solitaire and horse-racing hybrid from Game Freak, creators of the Pokémon franchise! Pocket Card Jockey originally released to great acclaim on the Nintendo 3DS, and while the basic rules are the same, the racing segments have been reborn in glorious 3-D!


  • Solitaire as Simple as Can Be – Focus your mind and clear cards with subsequent numbers in quick succession. The more cards you clear, the better your horse’s mood will be—which helps them charge energy during races!
  • Mind Your Positioning While Racing – Your position on the track determines the difficulty of your solitaire rounds. There are also special cards that can be picked up if you run over them while racing. These cards provide a variety of benefits, including leveling up your horse, learning new skills, or improving your performance in a race. Be careful though, because running too much on the outside of the track will cause your horse to lose precious stamina!
  • Go For Broke in the Homestretch – If your steed has charged tons of energy and has plenty of stamina left in the tank, they’ll sprint their heart out once you enter the homestretch. Make sure not to run into other horses as you aim for first place!
  • Entrust Difficult Races to Future Generations – Take the beloved steeds you’ve grown on the racetrack and pair them up on the farm. The foal they produce will inherit their abilities and become your new partner on the racecourse! Breed generation after generation of racehorses in your quest to conquer all the biggest, most prestigious races in the world!


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