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Free Cell 1

Category : Free Cell
Type : 1 Deck
Luck : Skill
Difficulty : Medium
Time : Medium


 

Layout:

– 8 Tableau Stacks – build down in opposite colors.

– 4 Foundations at top right – build up from Ace to King in suit.

– 4 Free Cells at top left – can contain any one card.

 

Play:

Cards in the Tableau can be moved to a Foundation or onto another Tableau stack or Free Cell. The Tableau builds down in opposite colors, so a red 4 can go onto a black 5. You can only move 1 card at a time; however, ordered piles can move so long as there are enough free cells or empty piles available. An emptied stack can be filled with any card.

 

Winning:

Move all cards to the Foundations to win.

 

History:
By changing one rule in Baker’s Game, Paul Alfille created the game Free Cell.  In the game Free Cell, the tableau builds down in opposite colors instead of in suit (Baker’s Game).  In 1978 Paul Alfille created the first version of Free Cell for the PLATO educational computer system.  This version allowed games with 4–10 columns and 1–10 cells.  In 1992 Jim Horne created a full graphical version for Microsoft Entertainment Pack 2, increasing Free Cell’s popularity.

 

Popularity:
Free Cell has become a popular Solitaire game, but why?  Almost every Free Cell deal is winnable (if played correctly).  This creates a challenging, yet winnable game almost every time.  Free Cell builds down in opposite colors, giving the player a wider range of moves than “in-suit” games.  All the cards are dealt  face-up at the beginning, making it a game that requires skill rather than luck.  Some players even claim to be addicted to Free Cell.   If this is the case for you, here is a 12-Step Program to take back your life.

 

Similar Games:

*Eight Off:
Similar to Free Cell except the Tableau builds down by rank AND suit, and 8 Free Cells are given.
-The 8 Tableau Stacks build down in suit.
-The 4 Foundations build up from Ace to King in suit.
-There are 8 Free Cells, and 4 already contain cards.

*Bakers Game:
Identical to Free Cell except the Tableau builds down by rank AND suit instead of opposite colors.
-The 8 Tableau Stacks build down in suit.
-The 4 Foundations build up from Ace to King in suit.
-There are 4 Free Cells, and they can contain any one card.

*Penguin Classic:
Similar to Free Cell except the Tableau builds down by rank AND suit, and Foundations start with a random card.
-The 7 Tableau Stacks build down in suit.
-The 4 Foundations build up in suit.
-There are 7 Free Cells, and they can contain any one card.

*Seahaven Towers:
Similar to Free Cell except the Tableau builds down by rank AND suit, and only Kings are allowed in empty Tableau Stacks.
-The 10 Tableau Stacks build down in suit.
-The 4 Foundations build up in suit.
-There are 4 Free Cells, and 2 already contain cards.

 

For more information about Free Cell visit http://www.solitairelaboratory.com/fcfaq.html.

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