Freecell Solitaire Rules
FreeCell Solitaire is played with one standard 52-card deck (no Joker). After shuffling, a tableau is set up of a total of 52 cards, placed into eight columns row by row, so at the end first for rows contain seven cards and the last four contain six cards each.
There are four cells called Foundations in the upper-right part of the board. Your goal is to build these four Foundations up in ascending sequence (one suit in each), starting from Aces to kings. So, once you have an ace available for moving you need to move it to the one of the Foundations to start building up.
An exposed card at the end of each column is available for moving. You can move it: 1. To the Foundation if it fits into the ascending sequence of its suit, 2. To the end of another tableau column but only if it is of alternate color and forming a descending sequence (just like in Klondike), 3. To the one of the Free Cells in the upper-left part of the board; but choose a moment wisely because Free Cells are very valuable. A card moved to the Free Cell can later me moved in the same way - to the one of the Foundations of to the end of a tableau column.
When one of the tableau columns becomes empty you can place any cards there (or many cards in the same way of alternating colors, descending sequence). But again, choose the one to put there wisely.
While the rules allow moving only one card at a time you can actually move a sequence of arranged cards from one column to another. E.g. in case you have one empty Free Cell you can use it as a temporary storage to hold one card and so move a sequence of two cards. And if you have all four Free Cells available you can move a sequence of five cards!
Sounds complicated? Don't worry, TheSolitaire.com makes it just this easy: drag a sequence to another column and if you have enough Free Cells available the game will do all the work.
You can do even more if you have an empty column in the tableau: using this as a temporary holding area you can drag a sequence twice the size! That's why empty columns and Free Cells are so valuable. Once again you don't need to do this card-by-card: just drag a long arranged sequence to another column and the game will use empty columns and Free Cells to do the trick.
Cool features on TheSolitaire.com
- Select the deck design, card back and tableau background to your liking by clicking the gear button on the left - sometimes it helps a lot!
- And don't hesitate to use helpful TheSolitaire.com features such as Undo and Hint by clicking buttons on the right edge of the field.