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Solitaire is a popular type of card game that can be played by a just a single player. It's often called Patience with over 150 different games devised. We will introduce you to a few of them here.
Just about all solitaire games are played with one or more standard card packs.
The first objective is to play into position certain cards in order to build up each of the foundations, in suit and in sequence, from the ace to king. The ultimate goal is to build the pack onto the foundation stacks. If you can do that then you win the game.
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Klondike solitaire is one of the better known of the family of patience games and what people usually mean when they refer to solitaire. It has been included in versions of Microsoft Windows since 1990. Microsoft Solitaire was developed by a summer intern after he had played a similar game on the Apple Mac and wanted a version for himself on Windows. He did not receive any royalties for the game despite it being one of the most used applications of all time. He dropped in on a recent reddit article to give an update on what he's doing. You can read more about him here
Free cell is different from other solitaire games in that it's possible to solve most games. It was actually created by Microsoft to include with their Windows operating system.
Spider is one of the more popular 2-deck games. The aim of this game is to remove all cards from the table by assembling them in the tableau before removing them.
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Go solitaire for when you need a break.
Klondike Solitaire is one of the most popular single player card games. Often referred to as just solitaire or sometime patience. Here is my version of 3 turn klondike ready for you to play in your browser.
The four foundations in the upper right corner need to start with an ace and then must be built in ascending order by suit.
Click on the stock in the top left corner to deal three cards onto the waste stack.
The seven tableau columns are built in descending order by alternating color.
You can move a group of cards that are in sequence around the table.
You can move single cards from the columns to the foundations.
You can move the top card from the waste stack to the table or directly to the foundations.
When you reach a face down card in a column, you can click it to turn it over.
Once you remove all the cards from a column, you can then move a king, or a group of cards that starts with a king, to the empty space.
You need to move all the cards to the foundations to win the game.