With Pyramids GC app (HTML5 web app), you can play pyramids using any new browser - either on a desktop like Windows or Mac, or on a mobile device like iPhone or iPad or Android phone or tablet.
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You can play pyramids on a desktop using 2 different pyramids apps:
The above app selection box is shown on top of pyramids tournament selections.
With 'GC app' selected, after selecting a Pyramids tournament, you will see a Pyramids game appear similar to a picture below.
With "java" option selected, when you later select a Pyramids tournament, it will come up in an old-style Java applet for Pyramids that will work only if Java is installed correctly as described here.
A Pyramids game table typically shows up like in the picture below.
In the example above, a player can click on a King (as it is 1 pt away from the Ace -- the current cut card). Other (non-optimal) possible moves in the example are (a) clicking on a deck to get a different cut card that would replace the Ace and (b) using a wild card (Joker) that can be later matched with any card.
A player can get a higher score by clearing long runs of cards. The color or suits make no difference.
Ace is considered to be 1 point away from both King and Two.
If no card can be played, a player can use the draw pile or a single wild card (Joker) that can be matched with any open card.
The game ends when (a) the time runs out or (b) if there are no more draw piles or (c) if there are no more moves.
Clearing a single card gives 10 points
Clearing two cards in a row gives 20 points, three - 30 points, etc.
Using the wild card or a card from the deck breaks the sequence, and the next card cleared would give 10 points
There is a time bonus in points for finishing the game earlier than the time limit
Try to use the wild card only when absolutely necessary
Given a choice, try to clear the cards in a way that would open up more possibilities for further clearing
Try to strike a balance between clearing card sequences and finalizing individual decks
If you remember the cards used, you'll be able to make a better choice: at times it may even be advantageous to sacrifice a wild
card in order to get a longer run or to finalize an intermediate deck