If you’ve read through my blogs, you’ll have noticed that I enjoy playing games to relieve stress and help my mental health. My favourite games to play are Mahjong and Solitaire and today I’m going to tell you about the 6 ways that you can play Solitaire.  

Although Mahjong is a variation of Solitaire, it is a tile-based game whereas Solitaire is a card-based game.

Did you know that Solitaire originated in Europe back in the 1700’s and was originally called Patience?  Once it travelled across the Atlantic to the US and Canada, it then got renamed to Klondike Solitaire and eventually just Solitaire.

1. Klondike Solitaire

First up is Klondike Solitaire, the original card game.  You get a choice of ‘easy’ with one card turnover or normal, with 3 card turn over.  I played normal mode. What you need to do here is stack the cards in sequence, from the same suit, on what they call the foundation area.  That’s the feint rectangles with the card suit marking in the middle.

To play you need to move the cards around the game area in a red/black sequence. Once you’ve freed up an ace, it can go in the foundation area and then you can start your stack sequence from there.  It’s a good beginners game.

L: Start of game C: Part way through game R: Finishing up

2. Spider Solitaire

Wow, this was a hard one and I chose easy mode (1 suit)!  What you need to do with this game is stack the cards in a sequence, which is K, Q, J, 10, 9 etc through to Ace (which represents 1) by moving cards between the columns of cards without creating a block. 

You can move the top card from one column to another provided it is in the sequence and move a sequence of cards in the same suit. You can also use the reserve deck of cards at the bottom left of the screen but be warned, you get one card added to each column and they can easily mess up a sequence that you’ve been carefully assembling

I think it’s going to be awhile before I can move up to 2 suits let alone 4 suits.  I do like that it’s challenging though.

L: Start of game C: Part way through game R: Two suits left

3. Freecell Solitaire

So, in this game you have all the cards stacked face up in columns.  You need to move the cards about to create an alternating colour sequence starting with K, Q, J, 10 and so on. On the left hand side are 4 free cells for you to place single cards in to assist you when you need to move some cards out of the way. On the right hand side you have 4 marked cells where you need to stack your suit of cards, starting with the ace then 2, 3, 4 and so on. 

This is a fairly easy game to play but you do need to look where your sequence of cards are and do some forward thinking, to plan how you will move the cards around to free up those you need for your sequence.

L: Start of game C: Part way through game R: Finishing up

4. Pyramid Solitaire

In this game the cards are laid out in a pyramid shape and you need to clear 2 at a time but they must total 13, so Q+A, 9+4 etc. The King has a value of 13 so can be removed from the pyramid on its own.  You get extra cards at the bottom of the screen to help you combine with those in the pyramid to create the 13 that’s needed but you can only get them dealt 3 times, after that it’s GAME OVER.

L: Start of game C: Part way through game R: Finishing up

5. Tripeaks Solitaire

As the name suggests, there are 3 peaks of the pyramid, filled with cards.  Below the peaks are the reserve cards, which only get dealt the one time.  Not 2 or 3 times like in some of the other Solitaire games. Once turned over these cards sit in the waste pile. 

Unlike the Pyramid game above, you don’t have to add together 2 cards which total 13. Instead, you need to eliminate the cards in the pyramid by selecting those that are one number higher or one number lower than the card shown at the top of the waste pile.  It’s not as easy as you may think!

L: Start of game C: Part way through game R: Finishing up

6. Golf Solitaire

This is a sequence game where you lay a card one place higher or lower than the card in the ‘talon’ area at the bottom right-hand side of the game area. This wasn’t one of my favourite games.  It drove me crazy!  I must have had 15 attempts before the sequence of cards allowed me to clear them all.

L: Start of game C: Part way through game R: Finishing up

Did you have a go at some of the Solitaire variations above, how did you get on? Let me know.