How to Play Freecell Solitaire – Rules for Freecell Solitaire

Freecell Solitaire is one of the popular versions of Solitaire. There are also some other variations of solitaire which you can learn, like Pyramid Solitaire and Wish Solitaire but here in this guide, we have only covered How to Play Freecell Solitaire.

The Requirements to Play Freecell Solitaire

A 52 cards standard deck is required. This is a Solitare game so only one player is needed for the game.

What is the main Object in Freecell Solitaire

The main objective in Freecell Solitaire is to create four foundation piles, one for each suit, in a sequence starting from Ace (A), and ending with King (K). The foundation piles are created by moving cards from the tableau area to the foundation piles.

How to Setup Freecell Solitaire

  • Place 8 cards face-up side by side to create 8 piles. These 8 piles are collectively known as the Tableau area.
  • Deal all remaining cards to those 8 piles, one card at a time, starting from Left to Right, by placing the card slightly lower than the card below it, face-up.
  • The four foundation piles will be created on the top of these 8 piles on the right side. One for each suit.
  • The player has four freecells on the top of the 8 piles on the left side. These freecells can be used to place a card during the game to keep moving cards without getting stuck. But the player can place only one card per Freecell.

The Setup of Freecell Solitaire:

How to Play Freecell Solitaire

The player starts the game by moving the cards. There are four ways in which the player can move the cards:

  • The player can move cards directly from the 8 piles to the Foundation piles. Four foundation piles will be created during the game in a sequence starting from Ace(A) to King(K), one for each suit. While moving cards to the Foundation piles, the sequence should not break.
  • He can also move the cards from the 8 piles of the tableau area to freecells.
  • A card placed in a Freecell can also be moved to any of the foundation piles or to any of the 8 piles in the tableau area.
  • The player can also move a card from one pile of tableau area to another pile of tableau area, but the card that is being moved should be of different color, and one rank lower than the top card of the pile, to which the card is being moved. Example: In the above image 8 of Hearts can be moved on 9 of Spades, and 7 of Diamonds can be moved on 8 of clubs.

The player keeps moving cards by following the above rules. The game is finished as soon as he finishes the four foundation piles.

Here is a Video Guide on How to Play Freecell

This is How to Play Freecell Solitaire. Play and enjoy.

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