Classic Solitaire

Classic solitaire, the original and best. Play classic solitaire online, 100% free.

Press the play button in the game window to launch the game.

See below for a slider demonstration of a typical game

Press ? button during the game for a brief reminder of key rules 

You may wish to minimize/ maximise the screen by clicking these buttonsbuttonsat the top of the screen 
If you are using a mobile phone then you should hold the phone on its side (landscape)

How to play Classic Solitaire

Classic Solitaire is best demonstrated by example

The slider below takes you through a typical game of Classic (Klondike) Solitaire.

Move the slides forwards and backwards by clicking on the < and > symbol on the edge of the screen. When you have finished you could try a real game

Classic Klondike Solitaire Demonstration
Using a Mobile Phone? - Please hold your phone on its side (landscape). Press > to continue.
Choose Easy or Normal
Choose EASY to give yourself the best chance of winning!
Cards are dealt
Cards are dealt into 7 columns with the remainder placed in a stack. The columns have 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 cards in each column, as shown in the screen shot. Any Aces uncovered in this deal are removed to form the start of the foundation piles. If an ace is found then the card that was beneath the Ace will be revealed
The object of the game is to find the Aces and build up the four Suits from Ace to King. You can move any run of cards to another column if the receiving column is one higher AND a different colour! When you move a card or run of cards you may uncover a hidden card. Uncovering all hidden cards is necessary to win. You can move a King into an empty column. How do you know if there is an empty column - count them, there should be 7!
moving on...
Once we have finished sorting the cards in the columns then we can start turning over the cards in the Stack. Simply click on the top card in the Stack. In the NORMAL version , cards are turned over in threes but you can only move the top card (2 of clubs in this example). Again, you can only move cards if the receiving pile is one higher and a different colour. In this example we would need a 3 of diamonds or 3 of hearts to receive our 2 of clubs. Any Aces uncovered will start the foundation suits.....
The game progresses...
We have uncovered two of the Aces. Notice how the cards in the columns reduce in rank and alternate in colour. Note that in this game you could move the 2 of Spades onto the Ace of Spades. After this you would need to deal another 3 cards from the Stack. When you reach the end of the Stack, simply turn over the Stack and start again. I think this game will be difficult to win!
The End Game
To win this game you need to reveal all of the hidden cards in the 7 columns. In this game we have reached the point where we have been through the Stack and no cards have been placed. We have to exit this game. But dont give up you just need to have....patience.
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If you are playing with real cards, you will need a standard deck of 52 playing cards

Deal 28 cards face-down into seven columns, starting with one card in the first column, two cards in the second column, and so on in a triangular pattern

The last (bottom) card in each column is face-up

Place the remaining 24 cards face-down on the side.

This is all done for you when you play on-line


How to move the cards

If you are playing on a Personal Computer then you left click (and hold down) while you drag the card to the new location. At the correct position you click to release the card

If you are playing on a Tablet or Chromebook then move the cursor over the card you wish to move. Click the touchpad and hold down with one finger while you drag the card with another finger to the new location. Click again to release the card

If you are playing on your phone then simply drag the cards with your finger.



The goal of Classic Solitaire is to find the Aces and build four foundation piles in ascending order, starting with Ace and ending with King, for each of the four suits (hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades).



Review the cards on the table

In order to win this game you must reveal (turn over) all of the hidden (face down) cards on the table. But you can only reveal a card by moving the (face up) cards that are on top!

…and you can only move the (face up) cards if another column is showing a card that is exactly one rank higher and a different colour!

For example, you can move a red nine onto a black ten. The act of moving the red nine may enable you to reveal the card that was underneath

The visible cards in the columns  descend in rank and alternate in colors (e.g., red six on a black seven)  

You can also move sequential stacks of cards, as long as they follow the same rule (descending rank and alternating colors)

Any Aces uncovered should be moved to the foundation piles

Cards can be moved to the foundation piles if they are of the same suit and in ascending order (e.g., 2 of hearts on an Ace of hearts).

Empty table columns can be filled with any King or a sequential stack starting with a King.

Once you have exhausted any moves following a deal then you can start drawing on the Stack.

If you are playing 3-card Classic Solitaire then the Stack is turned to show every third card. If you can use this card then fine, you will expose the card that is lying underneath. When you have exhausted all options then turn another 3 cards.

When you reach the end of the Stack, just turn it over and start again

If you are playing 1-card Solitaire then the top card in the Stack is turned over. If you can’t use this card then turn over another. When you reach the end of the Stack, turn it over and start again

The 3-card Solitaire is harder to win because you are not able to access every card in the Stack.

The game ends if you are unable to move any cards and none of the cards in the Stack can be used.



You win Classic Solitaire by successfully building all four foundation piles, one for each suit, in ascending order from Ace to King.

Classic Solitaire - Reviews

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5.0 out of 5 stars (based on 3 reviews)
Great fun!100%
27 September 2023

I tried one card patience and really enjoyed it . It was great to forget my cares and worries for a few minutes. Thought the instructions were very clear and helpful.

31 August 2023

it becomes addictive but even the easy game is harder to finish than you might think!

18 July 2023

Seems to work fine

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Classic Solitaire - some background

Classic Solitaire has class and lineage. It has been passed down by parents to children and then to their children. It’s part of growing up. The rules of Solitaire can be quickly learned and once mastered you will have them for life

Is Klondike Solitaire the same as Classic Solitaire? 

Yes, in the US it’s known as Klondike Solitaire or Canfield Solitaire. In the UK it’s known as Patience – read about the interesting history of solitaire here

Why play online Classic Solitaire or Patience?

it’s a great way of filling some time. You are waiting for something or someone – play a quick game. You can play a game on your phone or laptop while you are on the train or waiting for a bus or in between important work stuff

Good luck!!

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