Cards are dealt out with their faces up into 8 columns until all 52 cards are dealt. The cards overlap but you can see what cards are lying underneath.
On the upper left side there is space for 4 cards as a temporary holding place during the game (i.e. the «free cells»). There is also space for 4 stacks of ascending cards to begin with the aces of each suit (i.e. the «foundation row», with an «A» mark).
How to play
Look for the aces of the 4 suits. As soon as the aces are free (which means that there is no more card lying on top of them) they will move to the foundation row. Play the cards between the columns by creating lines of cards in descending order, alternating between black and red cards. For example, you can place a red nine onto a black ten, or a black jack onto a red queen.
Placing cards onto free cells (1 card per cell only) will give you access to other cards in the columns. Look for the lower numbers of each suit and move cards to gain access to them. You can move entire stacks, the number of cards moveable at a time is limited to the number of free cells (and empty stacks) plus one.
You win the game when all 8 columns are sorted in descending order. All remaining cards will then flip to the foundations, from ace to king in each suit.
- Move cards to the foundations as soon as possible.
- Try to increase the foundations evenly, so you have cards to use in the columns.
- If «Auto» is switched on, cards no other card can be placed on will automatically flip to the foundations.
FreeCell became popular by being featured on the Windows operating system. This version called Microsoft Solitaire Collection can be played here. Other well-known solitaire games are Klondike Solitaire and Addiction Solitaire.
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