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Turn 3 (Face-Up) Solitaire

A Quick Guide

  • This game uses one deck of standard playing cards — 52 cards in total.

    This game uses one deck of standard playing cards — 52 cards in total.

  • Carefully organize 4 suits in the Foundation to win.

    Carefully organize 4 suits in the Foundation to win.

  • The Foundation cells require an ascending-order organization.

    The Foundation cells require an ascending-order organization.

  • You will receive three face-up cards from the Stockpile on every draw and can use whichever card is on top.

    You will receive three face-up cards from the Stockpile on every draw and can use whichever card is on top.

  • Move and stash cards in the Tableau columns in descending order.

    Move and stash cards in the Tableau columns in descending order.

Relax and Cherish a Simple Version of Solitaire with Face-Up Cards

Unlike highly complex games that can be frustrating, Turn-Three (Face-Up) Solitaire can send your mind gliding into a soothing experience. With just a single deck of cards — and most of them facing up — this game is anything but complicated. Even young children can play it with little experience.

Playing Turn-Three (Face-Up) Solitaire is a great pastime that can put you in a good mood after a difficult day. You don't need to chase a win for too long because the game often ends quickly, declaring you a winner in most cases. Your biggest reward for playing this game is the sense of satisfaction you can get when you finally solve the puzzle, getting all the cards to where they need to be.

With every card facing up, this Solitaire game is literally child’s play. In fact, we even offer endless hints with our HINT button in case you ever get stuck!

This game might just be your first step on a very fruitful Solitaire journey!

There are fun challenges for everyone on our platform! Even novice card gamers can build valuable cognitive skills through playing the different Solitaire variants.

Entry section

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

If you’re new to Solitaire, the board may seem confusing at first — there are random cards in stacks, empty spaces, and some face-down cards. However, like any card game, the layout of Turn-Three (Face-Up) Solitaire has a purpose. You only have to deal with a single deck of cards in this game, which keeps things simple. There are four main areas on the board, and each serves a specific purpose.

  • 1.The Tableau

    There are many similarities between traditional Solitaire and this Solitaire version. One similarity lies in the layout of the Tableau columns — there are 28 cards on the Tableau that come from a deck of 52 cards. However, in this variant, there’s no mystery to the cards in each column because they all face up! All you have to do to win is organize them into the Foundation or on the Tableau itself.

    The Tableau
  • 2.The Stockpile

    Similar to traditional Turn-Three Solitaire, you draw three cards every time you access the Stockpile. The three drawn cards face upward on the Wastepile, while the remaining cards in the Stockpile stay face-down. Only the top card of the three drawn cards is usable in a single move. If you want to use the third card of the three, you must move the other two first. 

    The Stockpile
  • 3.The Waste Pile

    The space where you see the drawn Stockpile cards is the Wastepile. Essentially, you use the Stockpile cards only after they move face-up onto the Wastepile. All unused cards in the Wastepile move back to the Stockpile when no more cards can be drawn.

    The Waste Pile
  • 4.The Foundation

    You win the game once you move all the cards in the game to the Foundation cells according to their suits from Ace to King. You can move cards to the Foundation from the Tableau or from the cards in the Wastepile. The Foundation does not necessarily need to be filled — if all the cards that you need to move to the Foundation are ready on the Tableau, the end-game feature will automatically send them to the Foundation for you.

    The Foundation

Let the Playing Begin!

Good news — our platform enforces the rules of the game automatically! All you have to do is start playing. You can make any legal move, while nothing happens when you try to make an illegal move. Want to know a sneaky feature? Our HINT button will show you all the possible moves you can make!

King of the Solitaire

Click or Drag-and-Drop Your Cards

  • 1.Our platform makes it easy to move cards across the board. With simple clicks, you can move a card to its appropriate spot if one is available. However, you might still like dragging it to its position while using the time to think of your next move. Group the cards on the Tableau in descending order and alternating colors. Moving all the cards in their respective suits to the Foundation is the aim of the game.

    Our platform makes it easy to move cards across the board. With simple clicks, you can move a card to its appropriate spot if one is available. However, you might still like dragging it to its position while using the time to think of your next move. Group the cards on the Tableau in descending order and alternating colors. Moving all the cards in their respective suits to the Foundation is the aim of the game.
  • 2.Every Stockpile draw gives you three cards to use in the Wastepile. Using a single card at a time, you can continue creating order in the Tableau columns. The Stockpile cards are like a treasure trove for finding solutions. Your mission is to create an ordered sequence of cards from the disorganized stack of cards on the Tableau.

    Every Stockpile draw gives you three cards to use in the Wastepile. Using a single card at a time, you can continue creating order in the Tableau columns. The Stockpile cards are like a treasure trove for finding solutions. Your mission is to create an ordered sequence of cards from the disorganized stack of cards on the Tableau.
  • 3.The Foundation is built in an ascending sequence. Moving all Aces and Twos to the Foundation will keep your game on the right path. Because you’re playing a face-up version, you don't have to worry as much about moving cards out of the way and onto the Foundation. Instead, you can leave your cards right in the Tableau and wait for the game to finish so it can move the cards to the Foundation for you.

    The Foundation is built in an ascending sequence. Moving all Aces and Twos to the Foundation will keep your game on the right path. Because you’re playing a face-up version, you don't have to worry as much about moving cards out of the way and onto the Foundation. Instead, you can leave your cards right in the Tableau and wait for the game to finish so it can move the cards to the Foundation for you.
  • 4.If at any point you can’t make any moves, or you’re finding it hard to think after a tiring day, take advantage of the HINT button. The HINT and UNDO features can help you when you start to lose your focus. By giving you subtle hints on what to do next, the HINT button will guide your mind back to its favorite problem-solving mission.

    If at any point you can’t make any moves, or you’re finding it hard to think after a tiring day, take advantage of the HINT button. The HINT and UNDO features can help you when you start to lose your focus. By giving you subtle hints on what to do next, the HINT button will guide your mind back to its favorite problem-solving mission.

The Challenge

Arrange your cards on the Tableau in alternating colors AND descending order.

King of the Solitaire

Light-Bulb Tip!

As you play, you may slip up and make a wrong move. Our trusty UNDO button can fix any silly or complex mistake. Just click on the button and try to make better choices the next time

Keyboard Shortcuts to Master

Do you like playing Solitaire on your big-screen Windows or Mac computer? We’ve come up with simple keyboard shortcuts to make your gaming experience even easier!

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

The Benefits of Playing Solitaire Are Astounding

Playing Solitaire regularly on our platform can remarkably improve your problem-solving skills, strategic-thinking skills, and patience. Are you ready to get smarter?

Winning Tips and Quirky Tricks

  • Practice Applying Your Memory

    Playing any turn-3 Solitaire game will require some memory skills. As you keep playing, you’ll exercise the agility of your memory capabilities by trying to remember the cards you have in the Stockpile.

  • Access the Stockpile as a Last Resort

    The Stockpile is a great place to find cards you need in order to continue playing. However, use your Stockpile with caution. It’s usually better to use one or two Stockpile cards instead of all three that are drawn. This way, you can see fresh options when you cycle through the Stockpile again.

  • The Tableau Is Your Biggest Challenge

    Remember that the Tableau is the largest space on the board that you have to organize. The Stockpile is only a venue to help with it.

  • Don’t Worry About the Foundation

    Yes, filling out the Foundation is your ticket to winning. However, the Foundation fills automatically at the end of the game if you have all your cards revealed and laid out in the Tableau columns. Filling up your Foundation piles during the game is fine, but it can bury cards that would otherwise be helpful in the Tableau, so be careful.

  • Did you know?

    You can finish a Solitaire game in less than 3 minutes. The minimum number of turns it takes is 52, one for each card.

  • Fun Fact!

    Microsoft Solitaire programmer Wes Cherry included a “Boss Mode” in the game to let players play during work hours. However, Microsoft denied implementing it.

  • Did you know?

    The Guinness World Record book states that the fastest draw-one online Solitaire game lasted 8 seconds.

  • Fun Fact!

    You can change the background colors of your Solitaire board layout on our platform. Choose whichever color scheme fits your vibe!

More Power to You!

We understand that playing Solitaire is not just about the game — it’s about the experience. Our platform is built to bring players to the heart of Solitaire. Your triumphs, challenges, and overall play experience drive our purpose. Let’s win together!

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