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Grandma’s Game Tips

A customer wrote in asking for tips to play Grandma’s Game. This has always been one of my favorites! It is also one of the most unique, hard-to-find games we offer in our Solitaire MegaPack.

First, I’ll explain the basics. Cards are dealt to the Tableau and Stock. Tableau cards can be played onto Foundations building up from Ace to King or down from King to Ace in suit.

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At the beginning of the game, you want to play as many of these cards as you can.  In this case, the playable cards are highlighted in gold.

After all foundation plays are made, tap the deck to deal one card into the Workspace.

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Then the corresponding Tableau pile is brought down to the Workspace to sort.

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These cards can also be played onto the Foundation.  That is what I’ll do with the King♣ and one K♠.  Then I’ll be able to play the Q♣ in the top left Tableau onto the K♣.

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Now there are a lot of cards we can play to the Foundations!

! Tip 1:  Remember to watch for these new available plays from the Tableau stacks.

A tableau only gets to the Workspace if the corresponding rank gets drawn from the Stock/Deck.  The amount of cards in the Stock will vary from game to game because of the complex way the game is dealt.  As a result, there is a good chance you will not be able to sort all the Tableau piles, so use those cards whenever you can.

Once all available plays to the Foundations have been made, we will sort the cards left in the Workspace.

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This is the biggest make-it-or-break-it part of the game.  It might seem hard.  After all, you are trying to predict the future.  Which card will you need soonest?  Which will you need last?  Let’s look at the 3 cards and see.

K♠ – This is the last card you will need.

If you’ve already used the first K♠ as the base for the Spade-King foundation, then you won’t need this K♠ until the Spade-Ace foundation builds all the way up.  Moreover, playing the K♠ won’t allow you to play any other cards onto it.  So this will be the bottom of the pile.


The Diamond-King foundation is not even started yet.

The Diamond-Ace foundation needs a 2, 3, 4 and 5 before it can build to the 6♦.  Of those cards, I only have the 3♦ available currently.


Both Spades foundations are building.  I think there is a better chance I will need this card first.

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The cards on the left side of the Workspace will end up on the TOP of the Tableau pile, so those should be the cards you will need soonest.  Once you are finished sorting, tap the checkmark button.  Then tap the deck to deal out another card.

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The next card is a 10, so the 10th Tableau pile is brought down to sort.  We have a few plays that we can make to the Foundations.

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Now, we must decide how to sort the remaining cards.   The first thing I’m going to do is put that 6♥ and 7♥ in the back.

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! Tip 2:  When foundations build both up AND down, the middle cards will be used last.

The Ace foundation needs to build up A 2 3 4 5 before it can get to 6, and the King foundation needs to build down from K Q J 10 9 8 before it reaches 7.  You won’t need these cards for a while.

So now we can evaluate the 10♣ 8♦ and 7♣ and decide how to sort these.

The 7♣ could be needed pretty soon.  If I get a 5♣, I can put it on the 4♣ and then move the 6♣ from the King foundation to the Ace foundation.  So that’s the card I’ll put on top.  I put the 10♣ next and the 8♦ third, but really, it was a toss-up.  In many cases, the cards in question seem equally important (or unimportant).

♣     ♥     ♠    ♦

The game went on for quite a while, so from here on in, I’ll just show a few highlights and tips.  Indeed, the 5♣ turned up soon enough, but since I wasn’t in any hurry to access the card UNDER the 7♣, I decided to hold off on shifting the club foundations until I found a better move.

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A little later in the game, I saw I could move two cards to the clubs foundations if I shifted the ranks, so that’s what I did.  I moved the 5♣ and 4♣ from the Ace foundation to the King foundation.

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This allowed me to move the 3♣ and 2♣ up, making the other cards in this tableau stack easier to access in the future.

! Tip 3:  Shifting cards between same-suit foundations is a great strategy in many double-deck games.

I try to do this every time the foundations of the same suit “meet in the middle”.  I don’t think many people know about this move.  It makes a big difference!

Later in the game, I finally got that 4♦ I’d been needing.  This, however, raised an interesting question.  Which 5♦ should I choose to move next?

GrandmasGame13 Tesseract_MobileIn case you were wondering, yes it IS okay to drag that top card over and check what is underneath.  Looking at all the diamonds in the tableau, I picked this 5♦ with hope of seeing the 6♦ soon.

 ♣     ♥     ♠    ♦

Okay, let’s see what you’ve learned…

This should be an easy one.  Which foundation should the 6♠ go to and why?

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Do you have the answer?



Here it is…

Play the 6♠ on to the 7♠ foundation, then play the 5♠ 4♠ and 3♠ from the tableaus onto the 6♠.  If you haven’t found the other 2♠ under one of those cards, play the 2♠ from the workspace, then the A♠ from the tableaus.  Remember, it is always better to play a card from the tableau than from the workspace.  Playing the 6♠ onto the 7 got 4 cards off the tableau and unlocked whatever 4 cards were underneath.

So that is the basic strategy.  Grandma’s Game is a really fun solitaire variation.  Like I said, it’s one of my favorites.  Sometimes, you get the one tableau stack you’ve really been wanting – the one with all the cards you need – and it’s like a surprise party!  Yippee!  Don’t believe me?  Try it and see!  Grandma’s Game is available in our Solitaire MegaPack for Android.  It has over 200 solitaire varieties, no ads, and is available in the Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore.



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