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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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Card games like solitaire give us a familiar and easy way to stretch our brains by just a little bit each day. By staying intellectually engaged in this way, we may give our brains added protection against the onset of memory loss in addition to relaxing and easing emotional distress.
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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This game is a solitaire variation that starts with the cards laid out in a pyramid pattern. The challenge for you is to get all the cards from the table on to the foundation.
You do this by removing pairs of cards where their combined total adds up to thirteen. Jacks are worth 11, Queens worth 12 and Kings 13. So Kings can simply be removed whenever you encounter them.
The possible combinations to remove cards are:
King (which can be removed without choosing another card), Ace and Queen, two and Jack, three and ten, four and nine, five and eight, six and seven.
Cards can only be removed when there are no other cards overlapping them.
The pyramid is setup by dealing one card face up at the top of the table. Two cards are dealt on the next row overlapping it. Three on the next row, and so on until the seventh row which has seven cards.
At the bottom left of the table is the stock pile. You can draw cards from the stock one at a time and use it to help you match with any exposed card on the pyramid.