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TV Solitaire



The object of Solitaire (also known as "Patience" in England) is to create stacks of same-suited cards, called the foundation.

In other words, you create one stack of hearts, one stack of diamonds, one stack of clubs, and one stack of spades.

These stacks must have an ace at the bottom, followed by a two, a three, and so on, up to the highest rank: a king.

Once all four foundations are complete, you've won! (Note: Because of the rules of, and randomness of the game, not every game is winnable! "Draw 3" games are even less likely to be winnable.)

The Game Screen

  • At the upper lefthand corner of the screen are the stock and waste piles.
  • Just below that is some status information: how many moves you've made, how may cards are left in the stock and waste piles, and how long you've been playing.
  • At the upper righthand corner is the foundation.
  • The remainder of the screen is the tableaux.
[Starting Out]

Starting Out

When you start the game...

  • The cards are randomly shuffled...
  • The foundation is empty...
  • Each of the seven columns in the tableaux are dealt from 1 to 7 cards, respectively. The last card of each stack is face-up...
  • The stock contains the remaining 24 cards.

Making A Move

Dealing from the stock pile:

  • Click the stock pile to deal a card onto the waste pile.
  • If the stock is empty, click it to redeal the waste pile back in. (Note: If you selected a game with a limited number of redeals, you can only do this twice during the game!)

Moving a card:

jack of spades (selected)

  • Click the card on waste pile, a face-up card in the tableaux, or a face-up card in the foundation to select it.
  • The card will appear highlighted (see the example on the right).
  • Click where you wish to move the card (somewhere in the foundation or tableau)
    • As stated earlier, cards must be placed in the foundation by placing an ace first, followed by cards of the next higher rank (two, three, four... king) of the same suit (all hearts, for example).
    • When moving cards on the tableaux, suits must alternate in color (red/black - diamonds and hearts are red; clubs and spades are black) and must be of the next lower rank (red three can be placed on a black four, for example).

Aborting a move:

  • If you decide you don't want to move this card, or there is no valid move you can make with it, click it again to unhighlight it. (Note: DO NOT USE THE BACK BUTTON!!!)

Uncovering cards:

  • move_and_uncover.gif When you move a card on the tableaux, you uncover the card that was underneath it.

Moving multiple cards:

  • You may move a set of cards around within the tableaux by selected a face-up card which has more cards over it. When you select it, all of the cards below it will appear highlighted as well.

Card Order

Cards are ranked in the following order. The first card, "ace," is the "lowest" value, and the last card, "king," is the highest value...

Ace 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Jack Queen King

Game Options

Solitaire has two game options. One is the flavor of Solitaire to play:

  • Klondike (Easier)
    When you deal cards from the stock into the waste, one card is dealt at a time.

  • Draw 3 (Harder)
    When you deal cards from the stock, three cards are dealt into the waste pile. You can only use the top card. Once you use it, the next of the three dealt cards is available. Once you use THAT, the final of the three cards is available.

The other option is the number of redeals you have available:

  • Unlimited (Easier)
    When the stock is used up, you can redeal the waste into it and begin going through those cards again.

  • Two (Harder)
    You may only redeal the waste back into the stock twice. After that, you must draw cards from the waste as-is.

Back to Solitaire!


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