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Turn 1 (Face-Up) Solitaire

A Quick Guide

  • Turn-One (Face-Up) Solitaire uses one deck of standard playing cards without jokers.

    Turn-One (Face-Up) Solitaire uses one deck of standard playing cards without jokers.

  • The Tableau, Foundation, Stockpile, and Wastepile are the main play areas.

    The Tableau, Foundation, Stockpile, and Wastepile are the main play areas.

  • The Tableau has 28 cards at first, and the Stockpile holds 24 cards.

    The Tableau has 28 cards at first, and the Stockpile holds 24 cards.

  • Sort the Tableau in descending order sequences with alternating colors.

    Sort the Tableau in descending order sequences with alternating colors.

  • Organize the Foundation piles in ascending order in their respective suits.

    Organize the Foundation piles in ascending order in their respective suits.

  • Win the game by organizing all four suits in the Foundation or completely organizing all cards in the Tableau.

    Win the game by organizing all four suits in the Foundation or completely organizing all cards in the Tableau.

A Little Challenge — A Lot of Excitement

After a day filled with nerve-racking situations, you can wind down with an uncomplicated and entertaining game of Turn-One (Face-Up) Solitaire. The rules are simple, and the game literally shows you all its cards. The only mystery is in the Stockpile, from which you draw one card at a time. You can usually complete this game within five to ten minutes, which is perfect for when you’re craving a quick win. 

If you don’t have much time to spare, a quick round of this Solitaire variant is perfect. You don't even need expert Solitaire skills to play this game. In fact, it’s even easier than traditional Solitaire, which has only one card facing up in each Tableau column. 

To start, simply skim through the rules to understand the layout for Turn-One (Face-Up) Solitaire. Once you have the basic theoretical knowledge, you’re good to go. Remember, our HINT button is always there to help you along the way!

Let the solving begin!

Playing Turn-One (Face-Up) Solitaire — The Layout

The setup to play Turn-One (Face-Up) Solitaire is very neat and straightforward. Apart from a stack of cards (seen as a single face-down card) on the top left side, all cards are clearly visible. The face-up cards give you a complete view of what moves you can easily make. Because almost every game is winnable, you don't need to judge your winning chances at the get-go. But before you get started, let's take a look at the game layout.

  • 1.The Tableau

    The stacks of face-up cards you see taking up the most space is the Tableau. Out of the 52 cards in a deck, the Tableau holds 28 cards at the beginning of the game. The first column from the left has 1 card, whereas the seventh column holds 7 cards. Each column has an ascending number of cards.

    The Tableau
  • 2.The Stockpile

    The stack of cards you see on the top left side of the table is the Stockpile, which holds 24 cards. Every time you click on the Stockpile, a single card flips to the area next to it, which is called the Wastepile. As you keep clicking on the Stockpile, the cards continue to stack into the Wastepile.

    The Stockpile
  • 3.The Waste Pile

    The Wastepile serves the same function as it would in all Solitaire games — to hold the cards from the Stockpile, ready for you to use. From the Wastepile, you can use the card in the Tableau or move it to the Foundation. When the Wastepile is full, it turns over and moves back into the Stockpile.

    The Waste Pile
  • 4.The Foundation

    The Foundation is where your ultimate goal resides. Move cards in an ascending order into the Foundation in their four suits. There are four Foundation cells designated to house the four suits in the deck of cards. You have to stack cards in their suits, starting from Ace and building to the King of each suit.

    The Foundation

The Power of a Single Deck of Cards

This version of Solitaire is easy for anyone to try. The rules are easy to master, and you can develop simple problem-solving skills as you play!

King of the Solitaire

A Light and Entertaining Solitaire Experience

  • 1.Start playing the Turn-One (Face-Up) Solitaire by organizing as many cards as possible inside the Tableau. You sort the Tableau in descending order with alternating colors. A complete column will start with a King and end with an Ace. However, you are free to move Aces to the Foundation when you see them.

    Start playing the Turn-One (Face-Up) Solitaire by organizing as many cards as possible inside the Tableau. You sort the Tableau in descending order with alternating colors. A complete column will start with a King and end with an Ace. However, you are free to move Aces to the Foundation when you see them.
  • 2.Once you move as many cards as possible within the Tableau, you may need to free more cards to continue playing. Click on the Stockpile to get a single card to use in the Tableau or move to the Foundation. If you’re unhappy with your choice, you can continue clicking the Stockpile till you find a card you want to use. If you run out of cards in the Stockpile, clicking on the empty Stockpile will move the cards from the Wastepile back to the Stockpile to play.

    Once you move as many cards as possible within the Tableau, you may need to free more cards to continue playing. Click on the Stockpile to get a single card to use in the Tableau or move to the Foundation. If you’re unhappy with your choice, you can continue clicking the Stockpile till you find a card you want to use. If you run out of cards in the Stockpile, clicking on the empty Stockpile will move the cards from the Wastepile back to the Stockpile to play.
  • 3.The Foundation is the key to winning Turn-One (Face-Up) Solitaire. Once you have all the cards organized within the Tableau or already in the Foundation, you win. You can move cards to the Foundation by clicking on them right in the Tableau, and you can also move cards to and from the Tableau as needed. It is best practice not to move more than a couple of cards to the Foundation since you may need those cards to organize the Tableau columns.

    The Foundation is the key to winning Turn-One (Face-Up) Solitaire. Once you have all the cards organized within the Tableau or already in the Foundation, you win. You can move cards to the Foundation by clicking on them right in the Tableau, and you can also move cards to and from the Tableau as needed. It is best practice not to move more than a couple of cards to the Foundation since you may need those cards to organize the Tableau columns.
  • 4.Beginners can easily win this variant of Solitaire. However, there is always help when you need it. Click on the HINT button on the top to get a fresh perspective to help you continue playing. Once you get the hang of the game, you won't need to use the HINT button as often. Also, the UNDO button is a lifesaver for those who make a hasty move or need to rethink their strategy. Feel free to use it whenever you need!

    Beginners can easily win this variant of Solitaire. However, there is always help when you need it. Click on the HINT button on the top to get a fresh perspective to help you continue playing. Once you get the hang of the game, you won't need to use the HINT button as often. Also, the UNDO button is a lifesaver for those who make a hasty move or need to rethink their strategy. Feel free to use it whenever you need!

The Challenge

Organize a single deck of cards on the Tableau in alternating colors AND in descending order.

King of the Solitaire

Light-Bulb Tip!

Start playing Turn-One (Face-Up) Solitaire with little to no expertise in playing Solitaire. This game offers a rejuvenating experience with the perfect touch of a challenge.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows and Mac

Do you enjoy playing Solitaire on the computer in a comfortable chair? If so, our easy-to-reach keyboard shortcuts will help you enjoy your game even more!

Windows

  • Undo:
    Ctr
    +
    Z
    or
    Backspace
  • Hint:
    H
  • Navigate:
  • Select:
    Space
    (once)
  • Move:
    Space
    in the new spot

Mac

  • Undo:
    delete
    or
  • Hint:
    H
  • Navigate:
  • Select:
    Space
    (once)
  • Move:
    Space
    in the new spot

Begin Your Solitaire Journey with This Game

Once you start playing this Solitaire variant and master it, you will be ready to take on other riveting Solitaire challenges. This game is the “ground zero” of Solitaire games, and it’s a perfect way for even inexperienced players to learn a centuries-old game!

Winning Tips and Quirky Tricks

  • Look for Partial Suits Before Using a Stockpile Card

    Simple clicking actions can sometimes take over your meaningful thought process. Clicking on the Stockpile and using the cards in it first is useful. However, partial suits can find a new spot, so keep an eye on them.

  • Move Only Your Aces and Twos

    Don’t move all the cards to the Foundation, as it can disrupt your game flow. Instead, move only the Aces and the Twos. You can continue organizing all the cards in the Tableau itself. At the end of the game, all completely organized cards will move to the Foundation automatically.

  • Organize Cards in the Large Columns First

    Work on Tableau columns from the right side, then from the left. The large right-side columns have more cards that need organizing than those on the left. Handling the bigger problems will eventually help you solve the small ones.

  • Remember Your Intention When Using the Undo Button

    Our UNDO button is very handy. However, you can forget the intention of using the feature in the first place if you use it several times at a stretch, so try to use it only when needed. Practice your memory skills and sharpen them over time by never losing sight of your strategy.

  • Did you know?

    Some people refer to Solitaire as Patience. Why? Because you need patience to play, especially when organizing suits.

  • Did you know?

    You need very little luck to win Solitaire. Instead, you need to apply strategy, memory, and problem-solving skills to win.

  • Fun Fact!

    Solitaire’s origins derive from a French game called Tarot.

  • Did you know?

    Microsoft popularized Solitaire by pre-installing it in their operating systems to encourage the learning of computer skills.

More Power to You!

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