How to Play Solitaire?

Solitaire has multiple versions of the Solitaire game all of which are free to play online on any devices such as PC, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux without requiring you to download or register on our site. Features such as double click to automatically move the cards to its correct position, unlimited undo, and the timer makes it truly interactive.

While most card games require at least 2 players, Solitaire is a game where one player can enjoy a game of cards without an opponent. It is a single-player game that tests your concentration and skill by requiring you to use up all your cards in a particular manner. There are hundreds of variations of the game with the most popular being the classic Solitaire which is also called Klondike followed by Spider and FreeCell.

There are 4 main piles in a game of solitaire, and it helps you play the game if you know what they are and what they do –

  • The Stock. This is a pile of cards that start the game face down. You will find them in the top left corner of the game.
  • The Waste. This is the pile next to the stock on the upper left corner, and you’ll find these cards face up once in play.
  • The Foundations. These are the four piles in the top right-hand corner – one for each suit: clubs (), diamonds (), hearts () and spades ().
  • The Tableau. These are the 7 piles that are front and center – they make up the main table.

Setup

The Tableau piles are in order from 1 to 7, left to right. Pile 1 has one card, pile 2 has 2 cards. Each pile has an extra card, all the way up to pile 7, which has 7 cards. All the cards in each pile on The Tableau are face down except the bottom one on each. Once you’ve dealt The Tableau cards, all other cards are placed face down in The Stock. At the beginning of the game, The Foundations and The Waste are empty.

Objective

The idea behind the game is to turn all the cards face up through a series of allowed moves (which are outlined below). The goal is to get all of the cards onto The Foundation pile from Tableau, in the correct suit: A, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K.

Allowed Moves

There are only certain moves you can make in a game of solitaire, and these are as follows –

  • Flip cards from Stock to Waste. You can flip a single card or 3 cards at a time from Stock to Waste piles. Look in the Options to set the game at either 1 or 3 cards to flip.
  • Move top card from Waste to Foundations. If the top card can move from Waste to Foundations, then you are able to drag this there. Remember you start with an Ace and move upwards in number, always with the same suit.
  • Move top card from Waste to Tableau. The Tableau is different to the Foundations. Here you move downwards in number, with an alternate color. So, for example, if your bottom card on a Tableau pile is a red 7, then you can move a black 6 to it.
  • Move a card from Foundations to Tableau. If you have the correct card, then you can move it from Foundations back onto The Tableau to help you complete the game. Remember that the objective is to get all the cards to The Foundations, so use this move sparingly. Some solitaire games don’t allow this move, but we do.
  • Move cards from a Tableau pile to another. If your card or cards from one Tableau pile can move across to another then this is an allowable move. Again, this is best seen with an example.If you have Red 7 on one pile, then you can move this to another pile that contains Black 8, as the Red 8 receives the Black 7. Once you’ve moved these cards, the next card is flipped. Similarly, if there's a black Queen on one pile and red Jack on another pile you can move J to Q.

    If your move clears that pile empty then you can only start again on this empty pile with a King.

  • Flip a face down Tableau card. If you expose a Tableau pile by moving the face up card elsewhere then you can flip the bottom face down card. Simply click and it will show face up.
  • Move a Tableau card to the Fountains. If you need to clear some space on The Tableau then drag a card to The Fountains or simply double-click the card and it will automatically move to the right Fountain. Once you have upturned all the cards in The Tableau then the game with automatically move all of the cards to The Fountain and you have completed the game. The foundation starts with an Ace, followed by 2, 3, 4 of the same suit all the way up to King.
  • Undo. You can Undo as many times as you please, but remember that each Undo is counted as a move.

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