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Picture this, you are doing the same as every other evening, mainly reading and rating lots of different reviews then your internet goes down. What do you find yourself doing? I know what I do, play Solitaire! Well not only Solitaire, but the other games that come loaded on the computer too. These games are usually useless but when there is nothing else to do, they are utterly addictive.
Solitaire is a card game where the aim of the game is to sort out all of the cards into their own suit starting with the Ace and ending up with the King on the top of the pile. This sounds quite easy when you look at it like that but all is not as it seems.
Once the game has been opened it is ready to play. The main deck of cards can be found in the top left hand corner and the four 'houses' where the cards have to end up are at the top right. The bottom of the screen has 7 columns, the first contains 1 card, second contains 2 cards, third contains 3 etc. These columns of card are mainly face down, with the bottom card being revealed.
The game is quite simple to play, all you really need to know is that you need to get the cards up to their houses as soon as possible, as soon as you see an Ace double click it and it will magically go into a home square. The seven columns are where the game gets a little difficult to explain. The cards need to be stacked in alternate colours, red, black, red, black etc. It is not possible to put a red suit on a stack with another red card on the bottom. The stacks also have to be in number order, a 4 for example, cannot be put on to a stack that has a number 8 on the bottom. Once you have all of the stacks in order and the face down cards turned round the right way (after the face up card has been moved from the stack), the game is over and you can simply click each card so it goes into its 'house' at the top of the screen.
It sounds quite simple but the game can get quite difficult, I would say that I can complete around 75% of the games I play. This is because sometimes it's just impossible to find an available move, even if you do have to move cards back down from their home squares to help you along a little.
There are two different ways to play Solitaire, they are pretty similar, the only thing that changes is the amount of cards the deck in the corner reveals when you click on it, either one or three. Three is a lot harder than the one card reveal so I only usually progress on to three cards once I'm bored of playing with just one. It's easy to change the settings by just going into options or settings, here you can change whether the sound is on or off and the pattern on the back of the cards.
I find this game simple but effective. It cures boredom easily and once I start playing I get quite addicted and can spend a good hour playing it without even realising it. The three card draw does give the game a bit more of a difficulty rating compared to just the one card. It is a timeless classic and I will definitely be playing it again and again when boredom strikes.
It's the most basic of card games and is automatically loaded onto most PCs so I'd hazard a guess that you've at least come across solitaire in your time. Many of us have played it. I have. A lot. It's one of those games that you find yourself playing (not sure why you loaded it up in the first place...) and you look at a clock and an hour has passed. Or one that you sneak on to at work/school when bored and feel like such a rebel, minimising the window every time someone approaches.....
So, how do you play? Well, as mentioned, it is a card game and it is to be played by one player. The computer deals out a regular deck of cards into 7 piles, starting with one card in the first pile, two in the second, three in the third and so on. The last card in each pile is turned so you can see what it is, the remainder are face down. The cards not dealt are left in a pile at the top left of your screen.
The top right of your screen has the four 'home' positions. Here you must collect the cards in their four suit piles in the correct order from ace to king. Each pile must begin with an ace so you need to move cards until you find them. You do this by moving cards between columns so that they go in descending order and alternate between red and black suits. This sounds complicated but it is easy once you get the hang of it!
Once you have moved all the cards on the table that you can, you can use the deck of undealt cards. By clicking on the pack, the cards will be turned over in multiples of three and you must use the top one each time. To win the game you must complete the four home stacks.
PLAYING THE GAME
The game is really simple to play. Control is with the mouse, you simply move to position your cursor and either click to turn a card or select a card. You can then hold the button down to drag your selected card into position.
A good feature of the game (particularly for younger players, although I have used it too!) is that you can request a hint if you are stuck. If there are any moves left it will highlight the card that can be moved to you. These is a useful help if you are learning the game!
If you use up all the moves a note appears on the screen telling you that there are no more moves and gives you the option to quit or deal the same cards again (good for those of us who simply WILL NOT be beaten!).
This game is basic and really easy to play. It is very simple to pick up and the rules are very easy to understand. The controls are really simple which adds to the ease of play. It is also addictive because it feels like it is really easy to play but it is actually quite difficult to complete! There is a great level of satisfaction when you do complete and win the game but this often leads me to 'just see if I can do it again!'. I find it really addictive as I don't like to be defeated so will often play until I do win. This can lead to me popping on to pass a few minutes but being stuck on the computer much longer than I anticipated.
I enjoy the game because it does make me think but at the same time it is quite relaxing! I often find myself opening this up when I am on hold on the telephone as it is easy to play without completely concentrating on the game.
The graphics and sounds are very basic, but I don't feel that the game needs really advanced graphics, it's not really the point of this type of game. Sometimes the simplest things are the best!
A game none of us can deny playing at some point in our life's is Solitaire whether it be with a pack of cards or in modern day life on a computer game. I remember many an IT lesson at school having a sneaky game of solitaire while the teacher wasn't looking! It is one of those games that is stupidly simple yet slightly addictive. And once you have mastered this one you can move onto spider solitaire on the PC which believe me is more addictive than the original! As a little girl I remember my Nana teaching me to play solitaire with a pack of playing cards and once I was introduced to a computer I was so pleased to see my favourite game was a computer game too!
The aim of the game is to end up with four piles one of each suit with the Ace on the bottom of the pile the rest in order finishing with the King on top. The aim seems relatively easy but with all games they aren't meant to be that simple. The game is played with a full deck of 52 cards.
----The Layout of the game---
The game screen on the PC is bright green and is set up as follows. In the top left hand corner is a deck of cards which are faced down, along the top of the screen are four empty spaces for cards to be placed. Below this starting from the left side of the screen running right across to the right side are six positions. The first has one card upright, the next along has one card faced down with one card faced up on top, then two cards faced down with one card faced up on top of them the pattern follows along increasing the amount faced down so the last of the six in a row has six cards faced down and one faced up on top. I love the simplicity of the set up of this game.
The simplicity doesn't stop there; there are few game options available to change. You can change whether you have a one card draw or a three card draw. Obviously having a three card draw is going to make the game a little more difficult for you. With a three card draw it will show you three cards but you can only use the top one, the next underneath can only be used if you manage to use the top one. You can also change whether you have a timed game and scoring. Obviously if you choose to have either or both it does allow for you to try and beat your best scores and times something which I prefer to do to make it a little more interesting.
----How to play----
The six cards that are upright are the only cards that can be moved to begin with. If you have any Ace's I would advise you move them up into the free spaces at the top of the screen. Now as well as beginning to stack the cards in their finishing positions at the top of the screen in their particular suits you can also begin to move them about and make columns starting with a King down to a 2 but the only trick is you have to alternate black and red cards you can't make a move of a red on a red or a black on a black. You then begin to turn one from the pile of cards in the left hand corner of the screen. If you can use it click and hold moves it around and you then drop it in the position you want. If you can't use it click on the pack and it will produce the next in the pile. The more times you have to go round the pack the more you lose out on your overall score. Another move that is allowed is a King can be positioned on one of the six places if it is empty it is the only suit can be done so though.
¬¬----Not as easy as it seems----
When I first thought about writing this review about a game I have always loved I thought it would be simple just as the game seems to me but trying to explain is harder than I first thought just like the game. The problem with beginning to position the cards in their decks at the top means you can't move the cards around easy below and therefore can't begin to clear the downturned cards below. Sometimes you do find yourself moving them back down to help you move the cards around. Now and again you will find a game you can't complete because you made a decision early on you maybe shouldn't have done it is only when it is too late you realise and you can't go back leaving you with a game you can't finish.
----My overall opinion----
I do find sometimes this game can get very frustrated but there is something about it that always makes people go back to it. There is more to the game then you think and it does require a level of concentration to play it. Not only is it available on the computer now for free you can also find it on many phones and iPods too. When I find myself on the computer and a little bored I have a little game.
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I think just about everyone who owns a PC has played this game from time to time. You can always tell when people are bored at work as they start clicking on their mouse at this game and I have to admit I have probably wasted a way quite a few hours playing this at work too!
Solitaire is a card game and the physical card game is one of my favourite games although I do find it fun on the PC too. The game involves a full deck of 52 cards with the aim being to group each suit together and once that is done the game is won. Of course it's not that easy and often you don't end up going out at all as the cards you want are stuck under another one.
On the PC when you click new game and shuffle the cards will be dealt out in this order. One upturned card is dealt on the left of the playing area, then six downturned cards (from left to right). On top of the downturned cards, an upturned card is dealt on the left-most downturned pile, and downturned cards on the rest until all piles have an upturned card. Then you can start playing. In order to build up the suits you need to start with the ACE in that suit. If you have an Ace it can be placed at the top of the playing surface in one of the four areas. Then once you have the ace you then place a 2, 3 and so on on top until you finish with the King of that suit. You do this by simply dragging and clicking on the cards so it is a very simple game to play on the PC but very addictive.
In order to find and release all these cards you need to play with your hand that has been dealt out in the rows. You can build up rows of cards by going from a king down to a 2. A black card can be placed on a red card and vice versa but you can never put black on black or red on red. For example a full row would look like this, red king, black queen, red jack, black ten, red nine, black eight, red seven. black six, red five, black four, red three, black two. Of course if you can play these cards on their respective suits you do that instead.
Once you start uncovering cards sometimes you will be left with a space in your line of seven. Only a king can be used to start a new line, no other card. This all may sound confusing but once you start playing you do get the hang of this game and there is a tutorial on the PC too to tell you how to play.
In the regular card game I have always played by dealing out three cards at a time and only being able to use the top card of these three so that is the way I play it on the computer too but you do have the option of dealing just one card at a time. This to me is not as fun and seems like cheating in a way.
After you have finished the computer will give you your stats such as number of moves, times you have gone out etc so it is a nice way to keep track of how you have done in your playing session.
A very addictive computer game!!
Solitaire is one of the oldest and most familiar PC games available. Part of the windows suite of games since goodness knows when, everybody knows how to play it! It's very addictive and you can spend many an hour wasting time playing this virtual card game. Other games that come as part of the package include Minesweeper and Hearts (another card game).
The game is set up with seven stacks of cards (face down) starting at one card high and increasing by one card for each pile. The top card in each pile is turned over at the start of the game. In addition to this, there is a stack of cards from which new cards are dealt as the game progresses, and 4 spaces to which cards are cleared starting at the Ace for each suit.
Cards can be laid on other cards in descending numerical order (King down to Ace) and only Black can be laid on Red, and only Red cards on Black ones. The idea is to clear all of the cards off of the board in the shortest time and with the fewest moves.
The game is a solitary pursuit (hence the name!), and while it is addictive, it can get boring after a while. However, I usually end up playing it time and again, so there must be something going for it!
Solitaire is perhaps "the" original computer game for Windows. First released in 1990 with the Microsoft Windows 3.0 operating system, it has been included in each successor's distribution since then and has even been claimed "the most used application in Windows" by an employee at Microsoft. I was not able to immediately find an age rating but it is likely that this game would be found suitable for all ages.
The history of Solitaire on Windows states that the game was intended to ease users into the new graphical interface of operating systems. Throughout computer technology prior to Windows, graphical interfaces were not well known. Many of those who were fortunate enough to own an earlier computer at the time would rely on text commands and macro shortcuts. The "point and click" system we rely so heavily on today was virtually non existent. Thus, Solitaire aimed to allow users to become familiar with using the mouse and other keyboard shortcuts native to Windows in a fun environment. The game proved to be very successful; perhaps even a little too successful. Many instances of business productivity lowering due to Solitaire's impact have been noted in the media throughout modern history.
The basic mechanics of Solitaire are simple. The user will begin with a row of seven cards, each containing an ascending number of cards behind the image which is face up. The player will also see a face down deck of cards at the top left and an empty row of four to the right of the deck. It is the player's objective to recreate the deck by joining ascending values by suit and number; ace of spades, two of spades etc. for each suit. This is accomplished by creating descending rows in the initial seven areas by joining cards of lower value and opposite colour. For example, a red ten would require a black nine which would further a red eight and so forth. To complete the game, players must move cards in ascending order to the top four rows which hold the aces and higher values. It is possible, and quite easy, to become stuck as some required cards may be held behind a card which contains others behind it. The game can be reset by pressing the F2 button should this happen.
The system requirements to run Solitaire are very low. As the game comes pre-installed with the Windows operating system, the user will already satisfy the requirements to play the game. Users can refer to system documentation for specific numbers but this isn't necessary; If you are able to read this review now then you are able to run Solitaire. For interested parties, I found that Solitaire required 2,536 K of memory when running on Windows XP Home Edition. This is quite a low number and should not strain even the most basic of hardware configurations.
The graphics of Solitaire have remained consistent throughout each Windows distribution. Upon loading the game, the player will be shown a green screen similar to a Las Vegas style card table. This screen will house the cards in play and are clearly readable from a distance. To illustrate this, I was able to stand on the other side of my home office and read the screen without much effort or error. Each build of Solitaire comes with a customizable deck image and this can be altered by clicking File, Deck. The Windows XP version allows users to change their deck to more abstract designs or conservative animal images.
Overall, Solitaire has little fault and effectively "is what it is". The rules of the game adhere to that when played physically with a deck of cards and should not pose much challenge even to those not familiar with the rules. The game may perhaps benefit with sound effects or other graphical additions when moving cards but is quite good in its current state. I regularly enjoy playing Solitaire on my personal computer and will for many more years to come.
Ah Solitaire. The remedy to life's boredome, or procrastinate urge. Everybody knows the game, and nobody can deny that at the right moment, the game is more dangerous and more addicting then say, Spider Solitaire *say whaaaaat?*
I know right? Bare with me.
The game is very simplistic, you get 7 stacks, each stack corresponding to how many cards it will hold. So for example the first stack holds 1, the second stack holds 2, third stack holds three and so on.
You match the cards by opposing color and descending order. So Black King, Red Queen, Black Jack, Red 10, and why am I telling you this? You surely know.
But what makes it so addicting? It's simplicity. Our society, especially the gaming part of it, has become so reliant on complex systems to deliver entertainment the very notion of moving cards around and re-organizing them again and again seems ludicrous. But hey, when you're mentally tired, and you don't want to worry about 50 empires coming down your shirt for your throat, open up a game and move those cards about for a while. You'll see the magic work its poison into your very soul.
Lets face it, who hasn't, at some point in their life, when very bored, played solitaire on the computer? Anyone? No, didn't think so. This simple game, free with windows, does one thing very well, it alleviates boredom. Whether surfing the web, working or even playing online poker, using your computer is always going to be boring sometimes, that's where solitaire comes in. With 2 difficulty levels, one card and 3 card, the game is different every time, allowing even a seasoned pro to have a challenge. With newer versions of windows, there is also a version called spider solitaire, although i have found the only discernable difference to be the designs on the back of the cards. The gameplay is simple and intuitive, the key for any great game. The 'graphics' are non existant, green background, pack of cards, nothing else, but that is hardly of concern, it does its job just fine.
MIND, HAND, EYE COORDINATION.
Solitaire Game of Cards
Be it Win95, Win98 or XP this card game with game folder on your start menu is sure to be setup with your windows setup disk. This is a game supplied by Microsoft, there is another game named Hearts, I dont play complex joystick or other hardware intensive games on my computer, some games require a full dedicated computer for your games software.
Bricks, Solitaire and Hearts is there in my work place computer; my high moment in this game is when I reached 14,458 in 51 seconds in a game draw of 3 cards. Another interesting game which can be played on computer between you and it is chess, from www.arkangle.com, the chess present there is very good and it teaches all the moves of grand masters, the Sicilian opening etc., Anyway back to spider solitaire is my time pass, it is light and does not require too much huffing and puffing to play it, it saves the energy and refreshes you a lot.
I feel arranging solitaire cards and completing successfully , do help you with problem solving, in any problem solving you need, mind, hand, eye coordination all 3 if they work harmoniously will untangle your nerves, there must be some physiological definition for it, which I do not know at present. Faced with problems stacking up in your office, home and other fields, while you are deeply involved in playing this game, suddenly solutions pop up in your mind by themselves, its probably taking your mind away from the problems to free the logical powers to analyze and derive solutions.
THE GAME BOARD (Solitaire)
MENUS: GAME, HELP
GAME = Deal, Undo, Deck, Options, Exit.
Deck = 12 designs of packs, if you are tired of looking at one pattern and design, change the deck to feel new and feed your eyes.
Options = Here you can select many interesting options relating to your game, you can choose between 1 card draw or 3 cards draw, you can choose to make your game timed one, this option propels you to do better and better, status bar option lets you see the score move by move and the time is also visible on the status bar, to give you an idea with every move where you stand.
Scoring = standard scoring is your points are calculated, there is no deduction and the points and time is listed in the extreme right corner. Vegas type of scoring is in Dollars, I did not play very much in this scoring format, but highest score I achieved in this scoring is $208 in 69 seconds, this is when the whole pack is solved.
THE GOAL OF THE GAME
7 rows of card, face up arranged by the random mathematical function in the centre of the screen, we are to arrange in sequence order opposite colors top down, for example if you have red 10 in one row and black 9 in another row, drag the 9 over the ten and it will accept and you get the chance to up turn the next card in the row, which is done by just clicking on the card, the draw card stack in the top left corner of your game board is accessed when you dont have choice of moving any cards in the row and freeing a row card to turn it up. In that case goes to draw cards and start drawing, the difficulty is challenging in 3 cards draw. If you find in the drawn cards the top one can be dragged on to one of the rows drag it and the next card in the drawn card is useable now for you, if that also fits well and good, if that does not fit, draw another time, keep doing this and keep arranging the cards the goal is to upturn as many cards in the lower 7 rows as possible. When you have upturned all the cards in the rows below you have solved the game and you are given bonus points and you have DANCE OF CARDS, falling and dancing.
Still in the goal of this game: Suppose you draw an ACE or upturn an ACE where does this go, it goes in the extreme top right corner of the game screen; there you stack all suits (colors) in sequence beginning Ace, 2, 3 until you reach the king as the last card. This all you have to keep doing, upturning the cards in the rows below, drag the drag gable cards on top of each other and keep arranging the color suits (sequence) in the right corner of the screen.
The greatest time saver is the right mouse button, whenever you find ACE or the next card of the sequence for the top right corner of your screen, you just click the right mouse button, all the cards in sequence order just fly away from where ever they are in the drawn cards or the upturned cards in the row to the right corner of the screen, this right click saves lot of time dragging ACE and stacking manually by your mouse is time consuming.
This one and if you find you have dragged a wrong card, you have better chances to have more openings if you choose from other drawn card or the row. Then you are allowed to undo the last dragged card from the game menu. This function is also useful sometimes to solve the pack. Let me tell you here, not all packs are solvable in 3 card draws, so dont loose your heart, try 40% of all the packs you try are solvable, if you fail to solve it in your anticipated time, dont loose heart, solve it anyway till the end. This gives you ideas for some stubborn card solutions. Over a period of time: MIND, EYE, HAND coordination becomes so good you keep solving more packs.
You will get addicted to this game once you have experienced the popping up solutions to your problems in your practical life. When ever you are faced with some tough answers, you will start rushing for your PC and the SOLITAIRE. Dont believe me, try it you will know, what I am saying, but of course if you dont have problems in your life, this game has nothing to offer you.
We humans enjoy giving difficulties to everyone around us more than solving our own difficulties, if we start doing the latter, there wont be one unhappy person on the face of this world, but sadly we are what we are, the programmers of this game has mastered the former art all their lives and what they did here is given the random mathematical function to calculate the always remaining cards and solved cards and turn up the card which is away from the solution. This way we are challenged to the utmost solving this game.
My life has clusters of clutters all around me, clue to solutions are nowhere to be seen or found, so when I look at the start of the game it always reminds me of my life, solving this pack is like solving the confusing things in my life, the format of this game gives you this feel. I am in marketing I always approach my buyers with my full hand showing, I tell them frankly we are related, the bond between us is you need goods and I sell goods, what can be more fantastic bond than this, we both have calculators, so with me you know what you are buying, you know the defects in my goods and the merits, I will not talk, let the product do the talking. I do sell better than my colleagues.
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If you have Windows there is a good chance that you already have this game on your computer and also a good chance that you have not bothered looking at it or having a go at it.
So why should you go and play this game? Well I think that it really is a game you can play to get rid of stress!
When I first found this game I played it when I was a bit stressed out and it was super. Afterwards I found out that I was not alone in feeling this when this game was played. You can also play it at work as its on your computer!
The object of Spider Solitaire is to remove all the cards from the ten stacks at the top of the window in the least number of moves.
To remove cards from the stacks you have to move one card from one to the other column until you have a complete suite lined up from king to ace. When this happens those cards disappear to the bottom of the window.
You start of this game with two decks of cards. When you get smarter at it you can go up to 4 decks. You can choose very easy, easy or hard.
They are dealt with the cards facing down with the top card facing up.
To move a card drag it from one stack to another. It musst be put on a higher card but it doesnt matter which colour. You can move more than one as long as they are all of the same colour. You can also move any to an empty column.
When you have done as much as you can you click on deal or the cards in the bottom right hand corner and another 10 cards, one in each column will be dealt.
As soon as you have a suit they will disappear. If you get stuck you can go to the game menu and click on show an available move.
If you are playing with two people, not at the same time though, you have a counter that shows you how many moves you have made and the points you have scored.
If you havent time to finish the whole game you can save it.
I found the two pack game quite easy to do but, there are times, many times, when you cannot get them all out.
When you feel able try the 4 pack game. I have never achieved this!
At the end of the game there is quite a good show to tell you that you have won but I will let you get there to see that for yourselves.
~ ~ What do you do when you're sat at your PC or laptop browsing around the web, (or even, God forbid, working!) and suddenly the onset of the dreaded boredom sets in? I'm sure you've all experienced it, even when it's not work related, and you're doing something as pleasurable as reading and rating reviews here at dooyoo or over at Ciao. Suddenly the old brain cells seem to go into neutral, and everything becomes an enormous strain that's simply not worth the effort.
Well, if you're anything like the mad cabbie, then the remedy is simple. You simply click on the shortcut on your desktop that instantly takes you to the totally mindless, pointless, time wasting, and ultimately highly addictive little game called Solitaire, that comes bundled with seemingly every Windows platform ever produced by Bill Gates and the Microsoft empire.
A few minutes (or even hours!) of clickity click with the old mouse, and the old grey matter is soon back in working order again. Either that, or you have been removed shaking and gibbering to the local loony bin by the men in the white coats!
~ ~ Of course, Solitaire has been around ever since mankind first came up with the idea of playing cards, and has simply been hi-jacked by the aforementioned Mr. Gates and transported onto our computers.
When I was a wee lad it used to be called Patience, probably because that's exactly what it took to actually win a game. Loads and loads of patience, which my old mum used to tell me was a virtue. "Often found in women, seldom found in man" was her assertion. (She was probably right, as in most other things. Bah!!) Most of us are probably familiar with the game having, like myself, learnt it when we were only nippers. And in fairness, it's very easy to learn.
The computer version is exactly the same as playing with real cards. In fact, you DO play
it with real cards, only in the PC version they are electronic images on our computer screens instead of cardboard or plastic.
~ ~ The cards are dealt out into seven rows. In the first row, the card is face up. In the second row, one card is face down, and the second is face up. In the third row, two cards are face down, and the bottom card is again face up. In the fourth row, three cards are face down, and one is face up. And so on until all seven rows are dealt out.
The idea is to ultimately move all the cards into four stacks, representing the four suits, hearts, clubs, spades and diamonds, starting with the Ace in each suit, and working your way up to the King. You achieve this by dealing out the remaining cards from the pack, and adding them to the rows in descending order, always adding a red card to a black card and vice versa. So if a black seven is showing at the bottom of a pile, and you turn over a red six from the deck, then you can place it below the black seven. You can also move cards from row to row, and when you have a row with no card face up at the bottom, you turn over the bottom card in the pile. Once you have started your stacks of the various suits, (by turning over an Ace) you simply remove cards from the bottom of the rows in ascending order until you complete the stack. So if you have an Ace of hearts in your stack, then you are looking for a two of hearts to add to it, and so on until you complete your stack with the King.
Of course, the last couple of paragraphs are probably totally superfluous to the review, as probably 99.999% of people reading the review already know how to play Solitaire. But for the sake of thoroughness and all that jazz, if you know what I mean.
~ ~ With Mr.Gates version that runs on Windows there are a few extra options and variations of the game designed to make it a wee bit more in
teresting, or difficult, or easier, or prettier, depending on your personal preferences. You can deal the remaining cards left in the deck in the time honoured traditional fashion of three at a time. This makes the game more difficult to get out, and requires even more of the old patience that I mentioned earlier! Or else you can opt to deal out the remaining cards one at a time, which makes the game slightly easier, and gives you an inflated sense of your own skill.
If you really want to measure your progress, then you can see your score in points at the bottom of the screen, or in dollars if you're a gambling fiend and opt for the Vegas system of scoring. You score points (or win dollars) by moving the cards from the rows to the suit stacks, the only difference being that in the Vegas method, you can only turn over the deck once, which makes it VERY difficult to get out. Personally, I prefer the simpler Standard scoring system where you can turn over the deck one card at a time and as many times as it takes to solve the game. You lose points every time you turn over the deck though, and you gain bonus points depending on how long it takes you to complete the game.
That's basically it, except for the option of choosing the design on the back of your cards, which can be anything from robots to wee fishes to fancy leaves or patterns. (We use a palm tree set on a beach scene ourselves)
~ ~ But only recently, a decidedly competitive edge has insidiously crept its way into the simple little game of Solitaire in the mad cabbie household. Far from being the relaxing and mind numbing wee game it was in the past, it has now become an epic battle of minds and will, ever since Mrs. Mad Cabbie and my wee lass (13-year-old daughter) decided to totally humiliate me by setting up a "league table" of best scores. The start of this was during our recent summer holiday in the South of France, when bored with watching French TV one evening we decided to have a little competition on the laptop to see who was the best at Solitaire.
Naturally, I was of the opinion that having played the game since I was knee high to a grasshopper and more recently since I first discovered the unbridled joys of a keyboard and computer, I would win the competition hands down. (Oh, silly boy that I am!) Two hours later I was still languishing ignominiously in last position, thousands of points behind my beloved spouse, who appears to have got the blasted game down to a fine art, so quickly can she move cards around the different stacks and rows and rack up multitudes of points. Since we returned home to Ireland, there is now an "official" league table stored on the computer, with all our top ten high scores recorded.
Despite repeated attempts to get myself out of the relegation zone, my best effort is still not even as good as my wife's worst score! Only a couple of nights ago, I was innocently sitting in the living room watching my beloved golf on Sky Sports, when she appeared from nowhere like a demented Tasmanian Devil! Thinking that at the very least the house had caught fire I leapt from my armchair and rushed through with her to the study, only to discover she had just scored over 7,000 points for the first time at Solitaire, and required my presence so she could fully savour the moment by indulging in a spot of gloating. (My own best effort to date is only 5,115. Bah and double bah!)
Actually, I'm beginning to think that she has an inside source at Microsoft's European headquarters here in Dublin who she has bribed to supply her with some sort of bastardised version of the game that only allows women to score well. (Corruption rules!!!! It?s all a huge conspiracy you know!!!!)
Ah well, if at first you don't succeed, and all that guff. Now where can I put that three of clubs????
© KenJ August 2004
Capital letters courtesy of: http://www.chuckleweb.co.uk/fixit.php
I used to worry about my boss walking past my computer in case he noticed that I was playing the odd game of solitaire. That was until one particular week when he was snowed under with work, and we were all depending on him to clear his backlog in order that we could all get on. I took him some coffee and because it had been raining and my shoes were drying on the radiator, he didn't hear me approach with it. I thought I would find him with his head buried in a pile of papers, stressing out about something. But he was sitting in his office, muching some chocolate and playing minesweeper, and there was no point in him trying to hide it from me as he knew full well I had seen him. So now when I have a stressful moment, I play a little game of solitaire without any semblance of guilt and try to get everything else into perspective. There are lots of reasons why I keep coming back to it. It's free, I don't have to go online to access it, it only takes ten minutes which is perfect for a little stress break, and it's timeless -for some reason no matter how much I play it, it never bores me. It's very addictive though, and if I find I can't complete a game, I can't resist beginning a new one until I finally get one to work out. So the ten minutes does sometimes stretch to twenty... This solitaire is the card game, not the one with the pegs and the holes. It's the one I used to play with real cards, as a child, when my big sister refused point blank to play board games with me. She was happy enough to let me be her pony and do a showjumping course in the garden over poles and buckets (thankfully this horse didn't need a rider), but when it came to monopoly she wasn't having any of it. I was had! There aren't many satisying games to play on your own as a child on a rainy day, as most card games and board games involve at least two players. So there's probably some deeply buried childhood comfort that
I still get from this particular game. It's not at all complicated to play. You have seven piles of cards. Each has the lowest card face up, and the others face down, and the number of cards in each pile starts at one on the left, through to 7 on the right. The remaining cards stay face down in a pile and are revealed three at a time. You must access these cards in order, so to get to the second you must already have moved the first. You can only move red cards onto black ones and vice versa, and threes onto fours, fours onto fives, and so on numerically. The ultimate goal is to move all the cards into four piles to sort them by suit, beginning with the aces and working up to the kings. Once all the cards are on the piles, you get jumping stacks of cards which bounce around your screen: in the seventies, that was clever graphics! To spice things up a bit, there are a few variatiosn on the game. You can deal the cards one at a time from the main pack instead of three at a time. Or you can play "Vegas" which means not only do you score in dollars rather than points (oooh the excitement) but you can only deal the main pack once. Then its gone. It's far far too hard to make the pack come out when you play this way and you'll end up there for hours, so if you want to keep your job, I'd stick to the Standard gameplay. Otherwise you might as well go the whole hog and bring Sim City to work to install in your lunch hour, and be done with it! You can also change the pictures on the backs of the cards. This is something I remember vividly from sneaking onto my fathers computer to play solitaire, aged about 8. We had a secret joke: he liked the pack with pictures of clouds and I liked the fish, so I always changed it around when I played as I knew it irritated him. He always changed it back again. I was only about 8, but solitaire was a fun game even at that age, and it doesn't lose it's appeal as you get o
lder. Truly timeless. I've been addicted for about 20 years...
Ooh, did I tell you? I have a new computer. It's a laptop. I'm all excited. It's full of all the latest posh and clever things (not that I understand them at all mind you) and it's very pretty. It's purple. What with that and the super duper new broadband internet access via cable modem available chez Murphy (and the abundance of Easter Eggs in the house but sshh about them), I'm having a rather good time at the moment. There's just one problem: the mouse. Not the dead one that one of my hunter cats brought in as an offering, the one on my sexy, shiny new purple laptop. I can't get to grips with it at all. It's a touchpad mouse and to get the best out of it you have to learn something called "tapping". Tapping saves you clicking the proper button bit you see. I can see that tapping is a good thing, a making-using-my-lovely-new-laptop-easier thing, and I know I'm going to have to persevere, but just now I can't get the hang of it. I'm a bit heavy handed (as some of you know to your cost). I don't think I'm tapping, but I am. I keep clicking links on websites by mistake, or opening or closing programs by mistake, and everything's taking an age. I've fiddled with the settings, but to no avail. It's me, I'm heavy handed. I've had a practise with the tutorial but you know, it's SO BORING. Sigh. Ah, don't worry about me though (if you were going to). All is not lost. I know the best way to get used to using a new mouse. I'm going to play Windows Solitaire. You must know it. It's the free game that comes bundled with all the versions of the Windows operating systems there are. It's the game you played when you first got your own computer and didn't know what else to do with it. It's the game you played over and over, and got ridiculously addicted to, the game you wasted hours and hours on at work when you were supposed to be analysing some horribl
e sales figures or something else equally boring. It's just Solitaire, Patience, whatever you want to call it. It's nothing exciting. It's just Solitaire, but on a screen with pictures of cards instead of real ones. The computer deals the cards out for you in the traditional way: into seven stacks, the first stack has one card face up, the second has one card face down with a second on the top face up, the third two cards face down with a third on the top face up, and so on along the seven stacks. The aim of the game is to move all the cards from the stacks into four piles of the four suits, starting with the ace. You achieve this by dealing the remaining cards from the pack, and moving the cards from there onto and around the stacks already dealt in descending order, red and black suits alternating, turning over each card from the various stacks as a face-down one is revealed, until any card dealt from the deck or at the bottom of a row stack can be moved into the suit piles. Of course you knew all this already, everyone knows how to play Solitaire. The windows version does have various extra options though - you can choose to deal the cards left in the deck a nice easy one at a time, or the more difficult and more traditional three at a time. You can choose to score in the "Standard" way which gives you points for each card moved into a suit pile and penalises points for each time you repeat a deal of the cards in the deck. Alternatively, if you're a gambler, you can score the casino way, it's called, originally enough, "Vegas" scoring. In this you begin the game with a debt of fifty two dollars, which represents your stake. Each card moved into the suit pile wins you back five dollars. In Vegas scoring you may only deal the remaining cards once. When the deck is exhausted so are you, and generally, so are at least some of your fifty two dollars. If you're an uncompetitve tree hugger like me, you can have no sco
ring at all. And that's about all there is to tell you about Windows Solitaire in a practical sense. Oh, you can choose some nice pretty designs for the reverse of your cards: Conor likes the haunted house, Kieran likes the robots, and I'm mesmerised by the fish. All of them have a little animation which sneaks out on you if you mess up. And that really is it. It's Solitaire on the computer. It has its advantages over real cards in that you don't need a big table to play it on, you won't sneeze and blow the dealt cards everywhere and ruin your game and you can't lose a card from the pack, but somehow it's not quite so much fun as The Real Thing. I don't know why. It's one of those insidious little games though and once you start playing it you'll find yourself determined to carry on until you get one completely out. And that is most annoying, because to get one out you'll have to set it to deal the easy one card at a time way, eschew "Vegas" scoring and try probably forty or fifty times. And before you know it, the dinner will have burned, you'll have missed the start of the film and STILL not got a game out. Tsk at Bill Gates. Oh, but you know, I'm not boring you rigid wittering on about a game you all know all about already for no reason at all, honestly I'm not. I think Windows Solitaire is super. While I've been typing and boring you all to tears I've been doing other things as well. I've been eating chocolate, but then I'm always eating chocolate, so you don't need to know that, but I've also been playing Solitaire in another window (I recommend you multitask while you're reading this actually, it'll increase your boredom threshold with any luck!) and already my tapping skills are improving. Windows Solitaire is a great improvement on the mouse tutorial, honestly. It has that 'oh, just one more then' factor which makes practising something
just a tad less of a pain in the neck. Another one or two games and I'll be there, tapping in a touchpad mouse friendly way with the best of them. I'm sure of it. But it's not even my mouse-challenged self and what a good idea it is to practise with Windows Solitaire that I wanted to tell you about. The reason I like this rather uninteresting, free-with-Windows, horridly addictive little game so much is because it's so good for children. Both Conor, at almost seven, and Kieran, at almost five and a half played it for hours and hours when they were getting used to computers and before they hit the dizzy heights of Age of Empires and Civiisation III (gaming skills theire mother has yet to acquire, I promise you). It's a super little game for introducing children to computers, it really is. Firstly, it teaches mouse skills, the ones I was in such trouble with, and the ones they'll need to do almost anything on a computer. And it's attractive to them because it's not A Mouse Lesson For Children. You know how it is; small children want to do what you're doing, not some boring, scaled down version that some foolish adult somewhere has deemed suitable for them. They love card games too. It's a quick and reasonably simple game, nothing that will tax the attention span or concentration capacity of a pre-schooler, and in addition to teaching mouse control - click, double click, click and drag - it also sneaks in a good few more lessons that will help their understanding of all sorts of things and stand them in good stead when it comes to those early days of school and those scary "proper" counting lessons. Think about it. Solitaire teaches counting and consecutive numbering, up from 1 - 13 while they're making the suit stacks and down from 13 -1 while they're making the row stacks. It teaches logical sequential pattern recognition while they're building the row stacks of red, black, red, black. It teaches
shape recognition while they're differentiating between the two red suits and the two black suits. It links a quantity of shapes with the written form of a number, it teaches symbol (the picture, or royal, cards), it improves memory and concentration as they start to realise the significance of paying attention to what cards they've already seen in the dealing pack, and when they get used to the game it can also teach them the rudiments of tactics. To begin with, set the options so that there is no scoring, and so that the deck is dealt one card at a time. Sooner or later they'll get a game out, and the cascading card animation for this victory will produce whoops of delight, I promise you. Then you can introduce the standard scoring so that they can see how well they've done with each game, and once they get used to that you can make it just that little bit harder by changing the options to make the deck deal three cards at a time. It's a lovely little easy game that they'll feel all grown up playing because they've seen you play it and watched you tsk and tut when you can't get it out either, it has lovely little easy stages that they can progress through at their own pace, and they'll have fun doing it which is by far the most important thing. But, while they're having fun copying Mummy and being allowed to use the computer, you can feel all smug that you've sneaked in a few early maths lessons without them even noticing. Super. You too can be a naughty, sneaky, deceitful parent like me! Conor started playing when he was three or four and at nursery I think. Kieran, who just wanted to copy everything his brother did, started playing when he was even younger. He didn't really play the game properly, but he did enjoy being allowed to use the computer, I never worried that he's do anything I couldn't put right, and he really did learn to use a mouse almost straightaway as he clicked and dragged the ca
rds about. Both still have the occasional Solitaire session now, almost three years down the line. See what I mean? There you have two extra ways to use this little game. Don't tell me I'm not Very Useful. (Erm... joke!) Windows Solitaire, if you've children, or are at all mouse-challenged, can be a lot more than the simple, irritatingly addictive game you know and hate to love. And best of all, it's free. However, for the moment, computers and mouse practise and sneaky maths lessons are out. We're going to play penalty practice in the back garden. So I'll see you soon. Shall I do dominoes next? Real ones? Or something interesting with sticky backed plastic perhaps?
I often used to play Solitaire or patience as we called it, with a standard deck of cards, but now the miracles of modern science have brought it to my PC! This is a game for one as you might well guess from the name. The object of the game is to use all the cards in the deck to build up four piles of cards, one for each suit, in ascending order, beginning with the aces and ending with the Kings. The game begins with cards dealt in seven columns. The one on the far left consists of one card, face up. The next column has two cards one face down with the other face up on top of it. The next one has three cards, two are face down and one is face up on top of them. This continues across the screen until the one on the far left of the playing area has seven cards in it, six are face down and one is face up on the top of them. The remainder of the deck is face down at the top left-hand corner of the screen. The player then looks at the cards. If there are any aces visible they can be moved straight away to the top right-hand corner of the screen where the four piles, one for each suit, will be built. Once the ace of a suit is placed at the top of the screen the two of the same suit, when available can be placed on top of it, then the three etc, up to and including the King. The cards are moved by clicking on each one and dragging it to its destination. In order to reveal the remaining cards, the cards which are face up can be placed on top of one another in descending order, of any suit, providing they are red and black alternately. For example a red nine could be placed on a black ten or a black Queen could be placed on a red King. If the card on any column that is face up is moved to another column then the next card, which is face down, is turned over and brought into play. If a column is completely moved leaving a blank space a King can be put there to start a new column of cards, which are face up. The d
eck at the top of the screen can be turned over by clicking on the top of the pack of cards, which are face down. These can be turned over one at a time or three at a time. If a card appears which can be placed either on a suit pile or on one of the columns it is moved, and the next card is drawn form the deck. Cards can also be removed from the top of the suit piles and returned to a column to facilitate the game if necessary. Play continues in this fashion until either the four piles at the top of the screen contain ace to King of each suit and so there are no further cards remaining in play or there are no moves left. If you want to you can score the game as you play it in either Standard or Las Vegas format. Standard format scoring works like this: 10 points for each card placed on a suit pile. 5 points for each card moved from the deck to a column of cards. 5 points every time you turn over a card in a column of cards. -15 points every time you move a card from a suit pile back into play. If you’re playing the draw one option you loose a further 100 points every time you go through the pack after the first time. If you’re playing the draw three option you loose a further 20 points every time you go through the pack after the third time. Las Vegas format scoring works like this: You begin the game with a debt of 52 dollars, which represents your bet. You win back 5 dollars every time you place a card on one of the suit piles. The object is to win more than your original bet. There are various different patterns available for the reverse of the cards including a robot, a desert island, a spooky castle and some abstract coloured patterns. I’m a spooky castle girl myself! Ooer – when I started to write this I never dreamt it would be quite so difficult to put into words. I hope it makes sense – you’ll have to let me know w
hether you understand it or not!
I am submitting this opinion here, as I have suggested the category for this game “SolSuite 2001” about TEN times, without success, and seeing as though this category is for Solitaire games on the computer, I have posted it here. We’ve all spent endless hours with a pack of cards, playing various solitaire and patience games and we have all played the huge amount of available card games on the PC, Right? Well I have come across an excellent shareware program, which is a MASSIVE and I mean MASSIVE, collection of these Solitaire and Patience games; the program is called “SolSuite 2001”. What is SolSuite 2001? ---------------------- Well, it is a MASSIVE collection of all the various versions of Solitaire and Patience games from around the world, and I promise you, you wont find a bigger collection of solitaire games in the one collection, altogether, there is over 270 different games to choose from and each and every one of them are rated by the following: How many decks are used: Whether the game uses one or two decks of cards. Game time: Whether the game takes a mere couple of minutes or a much longer time. Difficulty Level: how hard the game is to win. Skill Level: Whether the game is more skill or more luck. Chances of winning: Very high 1 in 3 games to Very low 1 in 300 games. Re-deals: How many times, the pack can be re-dealt. The graphics to the game are as good as you could expect for a card-game, and the program runs very smoothly indeed, there are high score charts, plenty of statistics, to see how you have faired in past games, including pie and bar charts, etc. The game, is an absolute MUST for any card game lover, and will keep you enthralled for hours. There are some great options available for the game, you can make you own favourite games folders, and you can search for a certain type of solitaire game i.e. Canfield, Klondike,
Yukon, One-deck, Two-deck, etc. You can search by difficulty level, skill level, length of game, etc. Honestly, they have thought of everything possible, to make the game more pleasurable. There is the chance to play games in series, in other words, you choose a type of game, and you’ll play every game in the series, with your score added up and put on the high-score table. The games are very customisable, you can choose various things like, whether you want the Ace’s to automatically added to the Ace pack, you can choose what style of cards you desire and what size small, medium, and large. Where can I find the game? -------------------------- Well, as I have already stated, the game is actually shareware, and is downloadable from any well-known download site like Cnet, ZDNet, etc. You will be given the trial version of the game, in which you are allowed to play one game of each game, then if you like the game, you’ll need to register it, the game will cost you $19.95 (about £15.00) and can be ordered using either Credit Card or through email, etc. Is the game any good? --------------------- Well, actually I think it is superb, it has superb playability, a massive choose of games, some excellent options to customise the games to what ever your likings, the statistics part is excellent and helps you see which games you are good at and which need improvement. So, if you are a card game lover, to which most of us are, you will absolutely love this game, and I doubt very much whether you’ll ever load or buy another game of its type. I would give you a list of the games available, but as I said, there are over 270 and it would take me all night to type them out, I personally have had the game for several weeks now, and I have not played even a tenth of the games, this just shows the last ability of it.