Play Solitaire Online

Everyone loves playing a quick game of classic Solitaire. Our free online Solitaire game will leave you entertained, challenged and satisfied, as if you were gaming in the good old days. Go give it a try!

How to Play Solitaire

If you grew up with a computer or played cards in your home you probably already know the basics of Solitaire. However, not everyone does. If this is your first Solitaire Free game, then please keep reading to learn how to play this simple yet fun little card game! This quick guide will show you exactly how to play classic Solitaire.

The Basics

Let's begin with four basic terms that you need to learn Solitaire. The following image highlights these with red numbers from 1 to 4:

  1. The stock pile: 24 cards have not been dealt at the beginning of the game. These cards form the stockpile at the top left of the screen.
  2. The discard pile: The cards from the stockpile are dealt one by one here.
  3. The four ace stacks: The cards are stacked on the four ace stacks in ascending order starting with Ace, 2, 3, 4 ... all the way to Jack, Queen and ending with a King.
  4. The tableau: Solitaire is played on the tableau with a full deck of 52 playing cards, starting with 28 dealt cards that are divided into seven columns. The first column has one card placed, while each subsequent column has one additional card dealt. All cards are dealt face down in a stack except the top (or last) card of each column.

Drawing Cards

This free Solitaire game lets you choose between two different versions with varying difficulty. You have to pick one before you start the game. You can choose between:

  1. Draw 1 card at a time (EASY)
  2. Draw 3 cards at a time (HARD)

These game instructions are about drawing 1 card because this is the recommended game version for new players.

Objective of the Game

The goal of Solitaire is to move all 52 playing cards from the tableau and stockpile to the four ace stacks in the correct order. This should be done in ascending order from low to high card values, starting with Ace, 2, 3, 4 ... all the way to Jack, Queen and King. The four ace stacks correspond to the four suits of the deck (Hearts, Diamonds, Spades and Clubs). Therefore, each ace stack may only contain the same suit of cards.

The game ends when all 52 playing cards have been successfully placed in the four ace stacks.

Starting the Game

At the beginning of any game you start by focusing on the tableau to plan your moves. Knowing that the game's objective is to move the cards to the 4 ace stacks in the correct order, starting with the Aces, you first look to see if there are any Aces open on the tableau. These are easy wins. Simply click them or drag them to one of the ace stacks. That's a great start to the game! Not only does this put the first card on the ace stack, but it also reveals a new card under the Ace or frees up an empty column.

After any open Aces have been successfully placed in the ace stack, you proceed to attempt to put the cards in order as much as possible. On the tableau you should make ordered piles by placing each card ontop of another card with a value one point higher than the card itself. Importantly, this can only be done in alternating colors, meaning that red cards can only be placed below black cards and vice versa. For example, you can place a red 9 below a black 10, or a black Jack below a red Queen.

Next, we take a look at the stockpile. Click it to reveal your first new card. Check to see if you can either place this card somewhere on the tableau, or directly into one of the ace stacks. If the new card is a King, you can choose to place it into any empty column that you may have to start a fresh stack on the tableau. You can click the stock pile as many times as you like to reveal more cards.

Finally, keep iterating the steps above while keeping in mind that the goal is to a) reveal all covered cards and b) sort them all in a way that allows you to move all 52 cards in ascending order from Ace, 2, 3, 4 ... all the way to the King inside the 4 ace stacks to win the game.

Scoring

This free Solitaire game is scored using the classic Microsoft scoring system. Points are counted as follows:

In addition, a time bonus score is calculated based on your playing time, resulting in a score added to the number of points you scored with cards.

Finally, you can also choose to disregard the points scores, and instead score yourself by only looking at the time it takes you to complete a game successfully. Try to improve by reducing the time it takes you to complete a game.

Solitaire Free with 3-Card Draw

The rules above apply to both game versions: the 1-card draw as well as the 3-card draw. The 3-card draw version is a more difficult variant, because not all cards from the stockpile are immediately available. Initially only the top card of the three cards drawn is available. If you can move that card to the tableau or one of the ace stacks, then the card below it becomes available for play.