Syed ArhamSyed Arham06.04.2024

    Elevate Your Solitaire Experience With 11 New Games!

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    As someone who has always cherished solitary moments, I found Solitaire to be a comforting companion to fight off my boredom. Yet, as much as I adore the classic game, there comes a time when playing a game continuously can be too monotonous. That’s where I stumbled upon a treasure of one-player card games, each with its own uniqueness.

    From the difficult gameplay of Pyramid Solitaire to the terrific adventures of Devil’s Grip, these one-player games will ensure that you keep coming back for that thrill of excitement! Once you play these games, you will definitely be hooked to them. So, close the Classic Solitaire tab and prepare to indulge in a whole new world of card games.

    Pyramid

    11 New Games - Pyramid

    Everyone loves a little challenge once in a while, and Pyramid Solitaire is definitely the key to it! This captivating variation of Solitaire takes the gaming experience to new heights (quite literally)! Instead of the traditional Tableau layout where cards are arranged in rows and columns, you will find yourself amidst a pyramid of cards in this game.

    I remember when I first opened this game, and the layout hit me as a shock! One thing I can tell you is that this Solitaire Variant is complex and difficult. It took me several tries to just be average at the game. After all, it does have a win rate of just 5.5%.

    Main Objective

    Like the Classic Klondike Solitaire, the objective of this game is to clear the Tableau by removing all the cards. However, the difference here is that players have to remove cards by pairing them to reach a total value of 13. It may sound difficult, but once you get a hang of it, it becomes easier.

    How to Play?

    • Firstly, take a deck of 52 cards to set up the game.
    • Place a card facing upwards. Now, place a row of two cards on top of it, forming a triangle.
    • Keep doing this in a sequential order until you make seven rows, i.e., the third row will consist of 3 cards, the fourth with 4 cards, and so on. 
    • Set the remaining cards aside for the Draw Pile.
    • Now, look at the Tableau and find out pairs that add up to 13. For example, an Ace can be paired with a Queen.
    • Match the cards, and remove the pair from the Tableau.
    • If you can’t find any pairs, you can take cards from the Draw Pile to uncover more. 
    • Remember that a King counts as 13, so it doesn’t need a pair!
    • Continue playing the game until you clear all the cards from the Tableau.

    Scoundrel

    11 New Games - Scoundrel

    Scoundrel is a thrilling version of Solitaire that transports players into an entirely different world full of dungeons and monsters. With a unique layout, this variant is made for players who seek unconventional games. But, you need to be aware that the game is quite more difficult than the Classic Klondike Solitaire. 

    I mean, it took me six fails to just understand the layout! Unlike the Classic Solitaire, where players have to clear the Tableau, Scoundrel is in a different realm. Players have to navigate through the Tableau, also known as the Dungeon, which is filled with weapons and monsters represented by different suits.

    Main Objective

    Unlike other Solitaire games, Scoundrel’s main objective is to navigate through the dungeon safely while using cards to battle monsters and preserve health. There are four rooms in the Tableau, and the player needs to go through each of them in order to win.

    How to Play?

    • For the setup, get a 52-card Deck and remove the Jokers, red face cards, and red aces. 
    • Each card’s suit has a meaning: Spades and Clubs are monsters, while Diamonds are weapons, and Hearts are health passes. 
    • Turnover four cards, which make up one room.
    • You need to clear three cards in each room, as the fourth one will be used in the next room.
    • At the start of the game, a player has 20 lives. 
    • Players need to just pass the room without getting harmed. For example, if a player removes a Spades card, which denotes a monster, a Diamond card will be needed to fight it.
    • If a player doesn’t have the card to beat a monster, the rank of the monster card will determine the deduction in the player’s life. For instance, an eight of Spades will remove eight lives. 
    • But, if a player has a weapon to beat the monster card, the difference of the cards will determine subtraction in the player’s lives, i.e., 9 of Clubs can be defeated by 4 of Diamonds, but five lives will be deducted.
    • You can also skip a room by compiling all four cards in that particular room and placing them at the end of the Stock Pile.
    • Continue clearing rooms until all cards are finished.

    Beleaguered Castle

    11 New Games - Beleaguered Castle

    As someone who’s fond of FreeCell Solitaire, Beleaguered Castle is my go-to when I’m bored of playing the same game. Dating back to the 1800s, this Solitaire Variant is like FreeCell but without the free cells to store cards. The unique layout of this game will ensure that you get confused within seconds as a first-timer. I mean, the cards are arranged vertically! 

    With a rate of 23.75%, Beleaguered Castle may look difficult at first, but with the right amount of practice, you can easily win the game. When I saw this game for the first time, I was in doubt whether I would like it, but the moment I played it, I realized that it was going to be my comfort game.

    Main Objective

    The goal of the game is to create Foundations from Ace to King in an ascending order. For example, a Foundation Pile would start with the Ace of Diamonds and end with the King of Diamonds. If the goal sounds easy to you, you’re on the right track! Once I started playing the game, I realized how easy it was.

    How to Play?

    • The game starts with four Aces in the Foundation Piles. These Aces form the middle column in the setup.
    • Place six cards facing upwards on both sides of the first Ace, respectively. Repeat this with the other three Aces as well. 
    • A row of six cards makes a Stack. So, in total, there are four Stacks on each side of the middle column containing the Aces. 
    • The Foundation is already set; you just need to make sequences in ascending order. 
    • Any card can be moved from the end of the Stack to an empty space.
    • Cards can be moved in Stacks following a descending order.
    • Continue moving cards from the ends of Stacks until you make all four Foundation Piles.

    Forty Thieves

    11 New Games - Forty Thieves

    If you’re anything like me, you also crave challenges to enhance your gaming experience. Well, in that case, Forty Thieves is ideal for players like us. Unlike most Solitaire games, it uses two 52-card decks (yes, you read that right!). The game is so popular that it is known by a variety of different names, such as Big Forty, Le Cadran, and Napoleon at Saint Helena etc.

    With a win rate of 15 to 20%, Forty Thieves requires all of your attention. I honestly started playing it after I learned that Napoleon had played this Solitaire Variant after losing the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Instead of the traditional Tableau, you will find 40 cards in its layout, which is also reflected in its name.

    Main Objective

    The primary goal of Forty Thieves is to clear the Tableau by filling in eight Foundation Piles. The cards will be stacked, starting from the Aces to the Kings. If you’re a regular player of Klondike, you will find this variant difficult as it requires you to form four more Foundation Piles. However, with a little practice, you can perfect this game just like me (not bragging!).

    How to Play?

    • Take two decks of 52 cards and shuffle them, then arrange a row of ten face-up cards.
    • Next, add an overlapping row on top of those ten, followed by two additional rows of ten face-up cards.
    • The remaining cards are your Draw Pile.
    • Now, you need to make sequences from Aces to King and form eight Foundation Piles.
    • You can transfer one card at a time from the Tableau to another row or the final Piles.
    • The Draw Deck can be flipped over one at a time.
    • Win by finishing all of your Piles.

    Hope Deferred

    11 New Games - Hope Deferred

    Featuring a Piquet deck of just 32 cards, Hope Deferred is perfect for newbies looking to sharpen their skills. While the Classic game of Solitaire features a deck of 52 cards, this Solitaire Variant uses fewer cards, making it easier. To be honest, I only tried out this game as it had fewer cards!

    When I first played the game, I didn’t have a Piquet Deck, so I made myself one. You can also create one by removing the 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, and 6s of all the suits in a 52-card Deck. So, if you’re worrying about the new kind of Deck, don’t fret; there’s nothing difficult about it!

    Main Objective

    Now, I know that you must be confused about the main objective of this Solitaire Variant as it consists of less cards. But the truth is that its primary goal is really easy to understand. Firstly, you need to know that suits are known as Clubs in this game. Secondly, you need to clear the Clubs by dealing cards in a specific pattern of rows.

    How to Play?

    • Take a Piquet Deck and shuffle it thoroughly.
    • The game is played with 32 cards ranging from 7 to Ace in each suit.
    • The player selects a suit, say Clubs, shuffles the deck, and deals three cards to the table in a row, excluding any Clubs.
    • Another three cards are given, and the cycle is repeated.
    • This is repeated five times, resulting in 15 cards dealt in total. The cards are then reshuffled (save for the discards), and another five packs of three are dealt sequentially, with any Clubs eliminated each time.
    • Finally, the cards are shuffled for the third time and distributed in pairs of three.
    • If all of the Clubs are out at the end of the third pass, the patience has been successful; if any Clubs remain in hand, the patience has failed.

    Beehive

    11 New Games - Beehive

    There’s nothing more entertaining than a Solitaire game that lets its players help bees to pollinate flowers! Beehive adds a refreshing twist to the Classic game of Solitaire. Honestly, I played the game thinking it would include bees in one way or another. But don’t be fooled like me; Tableau is known as Beehive in this game.

    Even though the entire concept of the game sounds difficult, it isn’t! It just took me 2-3 tries to perfect the game, and I’m not bragging! Once you start playing it, you realize how easy it is. The bonus is that you get to clear a Beehive rather than a Tableau, which makes it even more fun than regular Solitaire.

    Main Objective

    The primary objective of Beehive Solitaire is to get all the cards in groups of four with matching ranks. The goal sets it apart from games like Klondike and FreeCell, where the focus is on building sequences. I played the game thinking it’d be difficult, but the goal wasn’t that hard to understand.

    How to Play?

    • The game is set up by placing a stack of 10 face-up cards forming the Beehive.
    • Next, make two rows of 3 cards facing upwards.
    • The remaining Deck is set aside.
    • Start by matching ranks in the layout i.e., 3 of Hearts and 3 of Spades.
    • When there’s an empty space in the layout, the top card of the Beehive is used to fill it.
    • After players have used the entire Beehive, they can shift to the remaining Deck, which was set aside at the start of the game.
    • Players have to flip three cards from the Deck when using it. These cards form the Waste Pile.
    • Once a group of 4 cards is made, it is removed from the layout, and the top card of the Beehive replaces it.
    • If a player clears all the cards, the game is won.

    Accordion

    11 New Games - Accordion

    There are only a few Solitaire games that I consider extremely difficult, and Accordion Solitaire is one of them. With a win ratio of 1 in 43 games, this Solitaire Variant is one that experts find challenging. Before playing the game, I thought it would be easy, but I couldn’t be more wrong! In just minutes of playing the game, the complex layout made me quit the game.

    Also known as the Tower of Babel, the game requires players to compress all cards into one Pile. This may sound easy, but remember that the win rate is only 2%. But one thing I can assure you of is that the thrill of this challenging game will definitely enhance your gaming experience.

    Main Objective

    The primary objective of Accordion Solitaire is to gather all the deck cards into one pile. Unlike Klondike Solitaire, where players have to make Foundation Piles, the cards in this unique variant are placed in a row so their suit or value gets matched.

    How to Play?

    • Shuffle the 52 cards and deal them face up, one at a time.
    • Have all of the cards in a row; if you run out of room, go down to the next row below the first, and so on.
    • You can start playing once all of the cards have been correctly set up!
    • There are just three rules to remember. Cards can only be built on the left. You can stack a card to the left if the card to its left has the same suit or number. A card can be stacked third to the left if it is the same suit or number.
    • It does not matter where you start. You may even start from the center of the group.
    • Keep stacking the cards according to the guidelines above, with the objective of having just one stack by the end of the game.
    • When you place all 52 cards in one Pile in Accordion Solitaire, you win the game.

    Bowling

    11 New Games - Bowling

    Combining the fun of bowling with Solitaire, Bowling Solitaire is made for people with a need for a thrill. Unlike Classic Solitaire, this Solitaire Variant refers to the cards as bowling pins and hence has a unique layout. It is just arranged like a real bowling alley! This fascinated me so much that I tried to play the game myself.

    Created in 1969 by Sid Sackson, this Solitaire Variant has a completely different layout, which confuses the players. I once stopped playing as I couldn’t bear to look at the chaotic layout. Yet, even with a high level of difficulty, this game is popular amongst players of all types of experiences. From newbies to experienced players, the bowling element in this game makes it difficult for everyone.

    Main Objective

    The goal, like with traditional bowling, is to knock down as many pins as possible. For each frame, 10 Pin cards are dealt, with the remaining cards forming three Ball piles. If one of the Pin cards matches one of the Ball cards, you can remove it by touching both the Pin cards and the Ball card.

    How to Play?

    • Place the pin cards in four rows. For the first row, place one card facing upwards. For the second one, place two cards side by side; for the third one, three cards; and for the fourth, four cards. This will be in the shape of an inverted pyramid.
    • Now, for the bowling balls, create three Piles with the remaining ten cards. 
    • Pile one has five cards, Pile two has three cards, and the final ball pile has two cards. Place the top cards of each Pile facing upwards.
    • Use a standard bowling score sheet to keep track of the score.
    • To knock down the pins, a player can utilize one of the following. The pin cards and the ball cards have the same value. Two or more pin cards equal the value of the ball card. Or, the last digit of the pin card equals the value of the ball card.
    • Each card has a numerical value, i.e., Ace represents one point.
    • Certain pins can’t be knocked down if others are still standing. For instance, the middle pin on row three can’t be knocked down unless the pins around it are knocked down before it.
    • If the ball card does not make a strike, proceed to the second Pile of ball cards. 
    • Complete the remaining ten frames in order to win the game.

    Monte Carlo

    11 New Games - Monte Carlo

    It can get boring to see the same layout in most Solitaire Variants, and if you’re like me, you’re probably searching for a change. Monte Carlo is a Solitaire game that captivates players with its grid-based layout. It may seem difficult at first, but it isn’t that difficult to learn! I learned it after just a few tries.

    Unlike the Classic Solitaire, which features 28 cards in its Tableau, Monte Carlo has a layout of only 25 cards; the rest are kept in the Stock Pile. When I first played the game, I thought it would be related to the city of Monte Carlo, but I was disappointed. The game has nothing to do with either the city or the casino with the same name!

    Main Objective

    Now, this game’s main aim is to eliminate pairs of cards. This can be done horizontally, diagonally, and vertically. This is different from the Classic Solitaire’s goal, as you have to make Foundation Piles there. This Solitaire Variant looks difficult but is actually easy, trust me!

    How to Play?

    • Shuffle 52 cards using the rifle technique.
    • Assemble a Tableau of 28 cards arranged in 7 rows and four columns.
    • Carefully look at the Tableau and mentally analyze it.
    • Start matching pairs of cards horizontally, diagonally, and vertically.
    • Cards will be matched based on their ranks. For example, you can match an eight of Spades with an eight of Clubs.
    • Keep making pairs until you’ve cleared the entire Tableau.

    Osmosis

    11 New Games - Osmosis

    Sometimes, it’s important for players to take a break from difficult games, and for me, Osmosis does the job! Unlike some of the more complex Solitaire Variants, this one is straightforward and easy to understand, making it perfect to unwind after a long day. Due to its simple gameplay, the game has always allowed me to sit back and relax while playing it.

    While Classic Solitaire requires players to clear the Tableau by matching cards, the order of the cards doesn’t matter in this game – you only need to match the suits! I tried the game thinking it’d be like any other variant, but the easy gameplay and straightforward rules made sure that I won the game easily, without much hassle.

    Main Objective

    The goal, like with many Solitaire games, is to arrange the cards in Foundations, but not in numerical order. The game’s name reflects the fact that cards with the same value gradually pass through to succeeding Foundations via osmosis. Remember that you just need to make four Foundation Piles by only matching the suits of cards.

    How to Play?

    • The top cards from the reserves and discard pile are eligible for play on the Foundations.
    • Foundations are built by following suit and according to the “osmosis rule.”
    • The osmosis rule states that you cannot play a card to a Foundation unless a card of the same rank has already been played to the foundation directly above.
    • The top foundation is unique in that there is no other Foundation above it: you can play any card to it (if it is of the proper suit).
    • If a Foundation is vacant, you may begin with a card of any suit as long as it has not already been played to another foundation.
    • The card’s rank must still adhere to the osmosis rule.

    Devil’s Grip

    11 New Games - Devil’s Grip

    It is said that the name of something can fully describe it, and this is the case with Devil’s Grip. Featuring two 52-card Decks, this Solitaire Variant is made for experienced players to sharpen their skills. I mean, the Deck consists of 96 cards! I was scared to play the game, and after I did so, I got to know that my fear was justified. 

    Considered harder to play than Spider and Pyramid Solitaire, this Solitaire Variant will take you on a challenging journey. And since it’s very difficult and less popular than other games, it can be difficult to play this online. One thing I can assure you is that once you win this game, the feeling of achievement will be unlike anything else!

    Main Objective

    The main goal of this game is to build up Piles in sequences and limit the number of cards left in your Stock. Unlike Classic Solitaire, where you have to make Foundation Piles, this Solitaire Variant has a specific pattern of numbers through which you need to match your cards.

    How to Play?

    • Get two sets of cards, and remove the Aces. 
    • Make a grid of 3 columns and eight rows consisting of face-up cards. 
    • Place the remaining cards with their face-down as this makes the Stock.
    • Each Pile in the top row needs to be in the order of 2, 5, 8, and Jack of the same suit.
    • The middle row needs to be 3, 6, 9, and Queen of the same suit. 
    • And the bottom row needs to be 4, 7, 10, and King of the same suit. 
    • You are allowed to swap the locations of any two cards on the grid.
    • You need to create the sequences in all rows. 
    • When a space gets empty, the top card from the Stock fills it.
    • If you can’t find any more moves, you are allowed to use a set of 3 cards from the Stock.
    • At the end of the game, count the cards left in your Stock and determine your score.
    • The closer the score is to zero, the more chances of winning the game.

    Summary of All Card Games

    If the long descriptions of each card game look intimidating to you, fret not, as the table below contains an overview of all the card games.

    NameObjective
    PyramidClear the Tableau by matching cards that add up to 13
    ScoundrelGo through all of the rooms in the Dungeon by fighting monsters
    Beleaguered CastleCreate four Foundation Piles from Ace to King in ascending order
    Forty ThievesMake eight Foundation Piles from Aces to Kings
    Hope DeferredClear the Clubs by matching cards in specific patterns of rows
    BeehiveGet all of the cards in groups of four with matching ranks
    AccordionMake one Pile of all cards by stacking the cards to the left
    BowlingKnock down as many pins (cards) as possible
    Monte CarloMatch cards horizontally, diagonally, or vertically
    OsmosisArrange cards in Foundations by matching suits
    Devil’s GripBuild up Piles in sequences and limit the number of cards left in your Stock.

    Conclusion

    These 11 one-player games will ensure that you get to play Solitaire even if you’re tired of the Classic one. From Pyramid Solitaire to Devil’s Grip, you’re in for an enhanced gaming experience. So, grab your cards right now, and learn these 11 games to ensure that you sharpen your skills in Solitaire!

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