Freecell Solitaire

Freecell Solitaire is popular largely because it can be won most of the times it is played. In the freecell version of solitaire, all 52 cards are dealt in the beginning of the game itself. This worldwide popular game was first developed by Microsoft who pre-installed it on their Windows Operating System.

How Freecell Solitaire is Played

The player needs to move cards between the columns, reserve cells and foundations. The game is all about arranging all the cards into the foundations by suit and in the order of starting from Ace to King. A skilled card player can find Freecell Solitaire pretty easy to play and win as this card game is all about concentration.

Freecell Solitaire Rules

  • 1 deck of Standard 52 pack of cards
  • 4 cells and 4 open foundations. Certain variations in rules offer using 1 to 10 cells.
  • The game begins with cards being dealt in 8 cascades. 4 out of these cascades comprise 7 cards and the other 4 comprise 6. Variations in rules include alternate usage of 4 to 10 cascades.
  • In each cascade, the topmost card begins a ‘tableau’.
  • Tableaux should be built in alternate colors. They should go down in order.
  • Foundations get built by suit
  • A cascade’s cell card or a top card can be moved in order to build on a tableau. The top card from any cascade can also be moved onto an empty cell, an empty cascade, or its foundation.
  • Tableaus that have been completed or are in the form of partial tableaus can be moved in building existing tableaus. These tableaus can also be moved to empty cascades. This is done recursively by placing the cards and removing them from connecting intermediate positions. Computers show these card placements/movements but a physical card player playing with physical decks must make a move by moving the tableau at once at this point of the game.
  • The game is finished (and considered won) when all the cards have been moved to their individual foundations.

Freecell Solitaire Modifications and Variations

FreeCell Solitaire has been subjected to maximum variations, problem building (by developers) and modifications. All the changes and solvers introduced in Freecell Solitaire by developers worldwide have been done solely because of the game’s simple looking complexity. Freecell Solitaire has predefined number of cards that remain constant, enabling players to figure out a set of moves to win the game or to understand that the game cannot be solved.

Freecell Solitaire Freecell Solitaire has instilled passion and interest in people for ages. Such has been the awe surrounding the game that Freecell enthusiasts have developed several computer programs to solve Freecell inadequacies and complexities. Programmers like Don Woods (wrote a Freecell solver and developed similar games in 1997), Tom Holroyd, Sholmi Fish(wrote a solver in C language and was later known as Freecell Solver in 2000) and Gary Campbell (famous for his fast solver for DOS known as Faslo FreeCell AutoPlayer in 2007 ) have been known for their solver contributions. Their solvers have been included in several large FreeCell and Solitaire programs.