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The goal in solitaire is to use all cards to build up the 4 suit stacks in ascending order starting with the aces.

Suit stacks to be build are in the upper right corner. The bottom card in each of the 4 suit stacks is an ace. In the example, 2 of clubs in the second suit stack is already placed on top of the ace of clubs (ascending order).

The bottom 7 stacks are called row stacks. The cards in the row stacks are in descending order alternating between red and black. The bottom card in the row stack is the king. In the example, the top open card in the leftmost row stack is the queen of hearts (red) that is placed on the king of spades (black).

Playing Solitaire

As the game proceeds, the 7 row stacks on the bottom are build only as an intermediate holding place for eventual build-up of 4 suit stacks.

To move cards to any of the 4 suit stacks, you must start each suit stack pile with an ace. Once an ace has been put up in the suit stack pile, 2 of that same suit can be placed on the ace, and so forth, ending with the king. Once a card has been placed on the suit stack pile, it can be moved back to the row stack, however, a point penalty will be assessed for this action.

Cards in the 7 row stack piles can be placed on other cards by building downward and alternating colors. In the example above, the top open card in the leftmost row stack is the queen of hearts (red) that is placed on the king of spades (black). You can move more than one card at a time; for example, a rightmost pile containing an 8 of hearts & 7 of spades could be picked up and placed on a 9 of spades (if 9 of spades was an open card in any other of the 7 row stacks). When a card in any of the 7 row stacks has been moved to expose a downward-facing card, that card can be turned face-up (by tapping it). When a card in any of the 7 row stacks is moved to create an empty slot, that slot can be filled with any king.

When there are no moves to make in the row stacks, go through the closed deck (upper left corner), turning one card up at a time (in the 1-card variation) or three cards at a time (in the 3-card variation). As the cards in the deck are selected (tapped), the y are put face up next to the closed deck. The top card from these open cards is available to move either to the row stacks or to final suit stacks if there is a place for it there. After going through all of the cards in the closed deck, you can go through it again however, there is a point penalty for this action.

The play continues until all 52 cards have been placed in the 4 suit stacks or until no more moves are possible or until time runs out : five minutes (5:00) is the maximum time allowed.

Moving the Cards

Select and move a single open card from any of the 7 row stacks to another spot in the row stacks, or to any of the suit stacks, etc..

To move a group of cards within the 7 row stacks, select the highest card in the group, and drag it to the destination card.

To reveal a face-down card in any of the 7 row stacks, just tap on it.

To reveal the next card from the closed deck (or, in the 3-card variation, to reveal the next three cards), just tap on the closed deck. To return the open cards placed next to the deck to closed deck for subsequent drawing, just tap on the empty spot.

If you tap an open card in one of the 7 row stacks, and there is a spot in the suit stack for that card, that card is immediately moved to the suit stack slot.

To take back 1 move, select 'Undo' button. You cannot take back more than 1 move. When no moves can be taken back, the Undo button will be disabled. For example, the move that opens a previously hidden card cannot be taken back, so Undo button will be disabled.


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