5 Most Popular Solitaire Card Games

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Solitaire is a word that unites many versions of card games played by a single player. There should be around 150 variations of Solitaire games. All of them require a standard 52-card deck, but the number of decks depends on the version of the game. The game is also known by the name Patience, as many Europeans call it and the name truly reflects the pace of the game. Many people identify the word Solitaire with Klondike, which is the basic version of the game, but you can set your preference on one of many games under the Solitaire group. If you are a fan of card games and have no one to keep your company, or you simply prefer single games, look at some versions of the game.
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1. Klondike Solitaire

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The classic Solitaire game requires a single 52-card deck and your patience. The goal of the game is to build sequences of cards in the same suits – from ace to king.

First, we randomly shuffle cards and place 28 cards in seven piles face down and the rest remain in stock. Each pile has a different number of cards in it and we face the last card in the pile face up. Your card movement is restricted. You can transfer cards among piles, but only in order (seven on top of eight, two on top of three, etc.). If you move the last card in a pile, we turn the next one around and it is in the game now.

You should plan your moves and think ahead since you can get stuck with no possible movements and you won’t be able to finish the game. Keep the cards moving until a whole deck is placed in the correct order.

Klondlike Solitaire


2. FreeCell Solitaire

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Another Solitaire version is FeeCell Solitaire. Freecell Solitaire is a solitaire card game played with a standard 52-card deck.

The game’s goal is to move all the cards to four foundations in the upper right corner, following suit and in ascending order. You win the game when you place all the cards in the foundations.

You can play the game using cells, which can be used to temporarily store cards, and columns, which the player uses to sort and rearrange the cards. Playing FreCell Solitaire on the Solitaireid website is a pleasurable experience, and we enjoyed spending our time playing FreeCell.

FreeCell Solitaire


3. Yukon On SolitaireBliss

Yukon Solitaire is quite similar to Klondike, but with some variations in rules. The difference is there is no stock – all the cards (including the 24 cards that were in stock in Klondike) are now distributed among the piles.

Also, piles are different. The first pile comprises only one card facing up, and we make the other piles of 21 hidden and 31 shown cards. The goal of the game is the same as in the classic version – to create piles in order and the same suit. But what makes it even more complicated is that we can move only one card at a time.

Yukon On SolitaireBliss


4. Pyramid Solitaire

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Also known as King Tut, the Pyramid Solitaire is a relaxing version of Solitaire. Someone can win the game if there are cards leftover in the pile. We play it with one deck and have two levels of difficulty, each one allowing one or two passes of the stock.

The order of the cards is different this time. We place them in a way to create a pyramid and by releasing them into a fountain, the game slowly progresses.

Pyramid Solitaire


5. Scorpion Solitaire

Scorpion is a version similar to Spider Solitaire but played with more resemblance to Yukon Solitaire.

The game is rather difficult and you also need to rely on luck quite a lot. The goal remains the same – to create piles of cards in order, but in reverse this time – from King to Ace. Since this is a combination of other variations, things can get complicated. The rule that we can move only one card at a time does not make it any easier and piles can become rather long. Advice is to indulge in this version only after you have mastered the rest of them.

These are just a few examples of many Solitaire games that are out there. Which one do you prefer? Is there a Solitaire game that we missed, and you love it?

Scorpion Solitaire

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