The Solitaire game is one of the most popular card games worldwide. The pre-installed solitaire games on early versions of Windows have contributed to its popularity. Depending on the cards revealed, the course of the game can be quite complicated or quite simple. However, it can also happen that it is not possible to finish the game because there is no chance for the next move.
When is Solitaire won?
The aim of the game is to correctly arrange the cards on the four empty fields according to suit (hearts, spades, diamonds and clubs). Each stack starts with an ace and is completed with the king. The correct order is as follows: Ace-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-jack-queen-king. When all four stacks are complete, the game is won. If no more cards can be added, the game is over, but not won.
In the related game Spider Solitaire, these four stacks do not exist. Here you have to put the cards in the correct order already in the longitudinal rows. When a row is complete, the cards that formed the row must be removed from the playing field and placed next to the playing field as a completed stack.
In Solitaire Classic, you may place a card – either from the face-down pile or a face-up card from another row – on a face-up playing card from another row. Please note that this card has to have a different color/suit and a lower number than the card on top. It is also allowed to move whole rows from one long row to another, provided the order is correct.
Example 1: If there is a black spade 5 card on top, you may place a red heart or diamond 4 on top of it. After that follows another black spade or clubs 3, and so on.
Example 2: If there is a black spade 5 card on top, it is allowed to lay on this row: Red 4 – Black 3 – Red 2 – Black Ace
If you place cards from one long row on top of another, the row from which you took the card(s) becomes free. This means that this row consists of face down cards only. In this case the top card must be turned over.
If a long row is empty, you may place a king or a row beginning with a king on the empty row. To win the game, the four stacks must be formed according to suit and in the correct order. Each stack starts with one of the four ace cards and ends with the corresponding king.
Example: Ace of Hearts – 2 of Hearts – 3 of Hearts – 4 of Hearts – 5 of Hearts – 6 of Hearts – 7 of Hearts – 8 of Hearts – 9 of Hearts – 10 of Hearts – Jack of Hearts – Queen of Hearts – King of Hearts
How is the deck of face-down cards used?
If it is no longer possible to move cards under the longitudinal rows, use the deck of face-down cards. There are two variations of the game:
1.) one card is turned face up
2.) three cards are turned face up
In the first variant, only one card, the top card of the stack, is revealed. If you do not find a use for it, put it back at the bottom of the stack and turn over the next card from above.
In the second variant, the standard variant, three cards lie face up next to the stack on top of each other. The uppermost or the third card may be moved, whereas the other two cards may not be moved. If you could use the top card, it is possible to use the next card face up and so on. However, if you cannot use the top card, you may turn over three additional cards.
If you have turned all cards face up, you can simply start over again. However, it is important not to shuffle the cards again.