There would be hardly any person who doesn’t know what Solitaire is; at least people who are familiar with computers know good ol’ Solitaire. The most basic version is arranging the cards according to the suits. You put all the heart cards together, all the spades together, all the clubs together and all the diamonds cards together. Oh wait. Did all your neatly laid out stacks just disassemble on their own filing out your entire screen? Voila! You have just successfully completed a game of Solitaire.
Once a permanent fixture of Windows, Solitaire is no longer restricted to Microsoft’s proprietary operating system. These days, you can play Solitaire is freely available online and also there are various Solitaire gaming apps. These games work on all platforms and devices. The most common versions of Solitaire are Klondike (although not many people know that it is called Klondike), FreeCell, and Spider Solitaire. For the uninitiated, here is a list of different ways to play this popular and basic game of cards:
- Klondike: This is the most popular version of Solitaire. It’s other names are Fascination and Demon Patience. This version of Solitaire has its own variations such as Klondike Turn One and Klondike Turn Three. Each of these games draws one or three cards respectively on every turn. The other variations are Double Klondike Solitaire Turn Three and Double Klondike Solitaire Turn One. In these games, you have draw from two decks of cards. Similar to this, there are Triple Klondike Solitaire Turn Three and Triple Klondike Solitaire Turn One where you play with three decks.
- Pyramid: This is called as Solitaire 13 and Pile of 28. In this type of Solitaire, you have stack your cards in a pyramid and get rid of cards that add to 13. The variations of Pyramid Solitaire include Pyramid Solitaire, Pyramid Solitaire Easy, Pyramid Solitaire Relaxed and Pyramid Solitaire Relaxed Easy.
- Canfield: This version of Solitaire is often confused with Klondike. Originally a casino game, Canfield Solitaire has the lowest probability of winning. The cards are arranged in such as way that most of the games are more often than not unwinnable. Apparently, this Solitaire type gets its name from the casino owner who invented this game.
- Yukon: This one is similar to Klondike Solitaire. However, unlike Klondike, Yukon allows you to move groups of cards. Also, in this variation of Solitaire all the cards are dealt at the beginning of the game with some cards face down.
- Baker’s Dozen Solitaire: If Yukon was closely related Klondike, Baker’s Dozen is somewhat similar to the most popular version of Solitaire. It is called Baker’s Dozen since the game starts with 13 columns of cards already dealt.