With Solitaire GC app (HTML5 web app), you can play solitaire 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 solitaire on a desktop using 2 different solitaire apps:
The above app selection box is shown on top of solitaire tournament selections.
With 'GC app' selected, after selecting a solitaire tournament, you will see a solitaire game appear similar to a picture below.
With "java" option selected, when you later select a solitaire tournament, it will come up in an old-style Java applet for solitaire that will work only if Java is installed correctly as described here.
A solitaire game table typically shows up like in the picture below.
Selecting 'Finish' button terminates the game with the current score.
Selecting the microphone-like icon below toggles the sound on/off.
Object of the Game
The object of the game 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 the Game
As the game proceeds, the 7 row stacks on the bottom are build only as an intermediate holding place for eventual build-up of
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 th
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 act
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 clicking on 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 clicked, 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 o
r 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
Click and drag to 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, click on 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 click on it.
To reveal the next card from the closed deck (or, in the 3-card variation, to reveal the next three cards), just click on the
closed deck. To return the open cards placed next to the deck to closed deck for subsequent drawing, just click on the empty
If you double-click on an open card in one of the 7 row stacks, and there is a spot in the suit stack for that card, that car
d is immediately moved to the suit stack slot.
To take back 1 move, click the '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.
- Any card moved to any of the 4 suit stacks earns 10 points.
- Any card moved from the deck to any of the 7 row stacks earns 5 points
- A closed card revealed in any of the 7 row stacks earns 5 points
- A card moved from any of the 4 suit stacks back to row stacks -- 15 points penalty gets subtracted
- In the 3-card variation, every time you go through the deck after the 3d time, 20 points penalty gets subtracted
- In the 1-card variation, every time you go through the deck after the 1st time, 100 points penalty gets subtracted
- At the end of the game, there is also a Time Bonus for each unused second. Time bonus is greater if the game gets completed with optimal number of moves
Solitaire Strategy Tips
- If there is a choice of cards to use from the 7 row stacks, select the one with most unopened cards under it
- Since there is a penalty involved for extra trips through the hand, avoid those
- Especially in a 3 card variation, players with good memory will benefit from going through the entire deck prior to moving a single card