Freecell Solitaire

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A game of strategy, luck, triumph and disaster. Its all here in this one game. What better way to prepare yourself for the travails of the day

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


See below for a slider demonstration of a typical game

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

You may wish to minimize/maximize the screen by clicking these buttons Freecell-fullscreenat 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 Freecell Solitaire

Freecell Solitaire is best demonstrated by example.

The slider below takes you through a typical game of Freecell Solitaire.

Move the slides forward and backwards by clicking on the < and > symbol at the edge of the screen.

When you have finished you could try a real game

Freecell Demonstration
Using a MOBILE PHONE? Please turn your phone on its side (landscape)
Slide 1
The object of the game is to extract the Aces and build up the four Suits from Ace to King. There are 8 columns of cards. You can move the top card to another column if the accepting column is one rank higher and the colour alternates. Note that there are four placeholders on the left of the screen - 'freecells'. You can use these to temporarily hold cards. In this game, you could move the red Queen in column 5 under the black King in column 1. This will enable us to extract the Ace of clubs. Staying with column 5, the 6 of spades could be placed under the 7 of hearts. In fact the whole of column 5 could be played
Slide 2
Notice how the 3 of spades has been placed temporarily in one of the four Freecells. Look at column 6. There is an Ace and 2 of diamonds. Can you also see that the Queen and Jack of spades could be placed on other columns so clearing column 6. Lets do this!
Slide 3
Our 4 Freecells are now filling up! But we have emptied two of the columns. You can move valid runs or single cards into these columns. In this game I chose to focus on column 7 and I decided to move the 7 of hearts and 6 of spades into column 6. This enables me to move the 6 of hearts into column 5. I can now move the 5 and 3 of spades out of the freecells into column 6...
Slide 4
Notice that I am building valid runs that descend in rank and alternate in colour. You can move valid runs. You could move the 10 of hearts and its entourage (column 8) under the Jack of spades in column 1? In this game I chose to play the cards in column 2. I started by moving the 9 of hearts into a Freecell....
Slide 5
Be aware that the number of cards you can move are limited by the number of empty freecells and empty columns. Looking at column 4, I placed the 10 of Clubs, 6 and 7 of Diamonds temporarily in the Freecells. This enables me to reveal the Ace of Spades. Notice the 2 of Spades higher up in column 4
Slide 6
We really need to reveal the final Ace (column 3). Notice that in column 3 there is an Ace and 2 of hearts. Lets move the Jack of clubs into a freecell then move the King of diamonds and Queen of Spades from column 3 into the empty column 4....
Slide 7
Notice how the cards that I move descend in rank and alternate in colour. This is a valid run. You can move valid runs in their entirety, providing you have sufficient vacant freecells. We have now revealed all four Aces and they are building up nicely...
Slide 8
I think it is pretty clear the game is won. We just need to tidy up and move the cards over to the foundation piles. Now it's your turn....
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You may wish to minimize/ maximise the screen by clicking these buttons Resize buttons at the top of the screen 

If you are playing with real cards, you will need a standard deck of 52 playing cards

Shuffle the deck and deal all 52 cards face-up into eight columns, with the first four columns containing seven cards each and the remaining four columns containing six cards each.

There are four designated spaces for you to use as ‘free cells’

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 Freecell Solitaire is to move all 52 cards to the foundation piles, building them up in ascending order, from Ace to King, for each of the four suits (hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades).



The table columns are built down in descending order and alternating colors (e.g., red Queen on a black King), and you can move any sequential stack of cards.

The foundation piles are built up in ascending order, starting with Ace and ending with King, for each suit.

The open cells are used as a temporary store for single cards during gameplay.


Moves and Strategy:

You can move any single card from a column to another column providing the accepting column is one rank higher and a different color. For example, you can move a red 8 onto a black 9

You can also move a sequence of cards from one column to another, as long as there are enough empty cells or empty columns to facilitate the move.

To move a sequence of cards, the highest card in the sequence should be one rank below the accepting column and a different color. 

You can move any single card to a free cell. Perhaps this will enable you to take out an Ace?

Empty columns can be filled with any card or sequential stack.



You win Freecell Solitaire by successfully moving all 52 cards to the foundation piles, arranging them in ascending order for each suit from Ace to King.

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21 July 2023

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Freecell Solitaire - Background


FreeCell was created by Paul Alfille in the late 1970s as a modification of an earlier solitaire game called Baker’s Game. Alfille programmed the game on a PLATO computer system, and it gained popularity among computer users.

Solvable Deals:

One intriguing aspect of FreeCell is that every deal in the game is theoretically solvable. This means that if you make the right moves and strategize effectively, you can win every game. However, some deals are significantly more challenging than others.

Computational Complexity:

FreeCell has been a subject of interest for mathematicians and computer scientists due to its computational complexity. In 2001, it was proven that the maximum number of cards in a FreeCell game that cannot be solved is 11982. This means that any deal with 52 cards or fewer is guaranteed to be solvable.

Online Variations:

Over the years, numerous online versions of FreeCell have been developed, offering various features such as different difficulty levels, customizable settings, and statistics tracking. These versions have contributed to the game’s ongoing popularity and accessibility.

World Championships:

FreeCell enthusiasts also engage in competitive gameplay. Since 1995, the annual World Computer Solving Championship has included a FreeCell event, where participants aim to solve challenging deals in the shortest amount of time.

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