To Win and Love Montana
I think I’ve played more hands of Montana Solitaire than any other game. It is also known as Addiction Solitaire, and rightly so, as it is a very addictive card game. However, some people say “Montana! I can never get anywhere in that game!” Well, today I’m sharing my Montana strategy so you, too, can enjoy every single, solitary minute of this fabulously addictive card game. It really is a lot of fun, once you know this one simple trick!
– Your goal is to sort all the cards from 2 to King in suit going left to right.
– A card can be moved to an open space, but that card must be 1 rank higher and the same suit as the card in front of the space. For example, you can move the 7 of Clubs to that open space behind the 6 of Clubs.
Now, here is the key to winning:
Look for a move you want to make, then decide how to make it happen.
Some people just make whatever move they see, but that doesn’t end very well. You see, it’s only a matter of time before the Kings block your progress. At that point, you will need to shuffle the unsorted cards, BUT you only have 3 shuffles in the game. So you need to make as many useful moves as possible before you are blocked by the Kings.
Allow me to demonstrate:
First we should open a space in the front by moving one of the front cards away. We can move the 7 of Hearts behind the 6 of Hearts if we move the King of Clubs behind the Queen of Clubs.
Similarly, we can move the 3 of Hearts behind the 2 of Hearts if we move the 5 of Clubs behind the 4. We do not want to move the 2 of Hearts up to the new empty space because there is a King in front of the 2 and nothing can be moved behind a King. But that’s no problem, since we have three other 2s to choose from.
Now this next one is a bit more complicated, as so many moves in Montana are. However, I should tell you it is not necessary to remember all of these moves. When you get to an empty space, you simply start making the one possible move of a card into that space and eventually you’ll find your way back the the goal.
After all that, here’s what we have:
So now that we have some open spaces in the front, let’s start moving up some 2s. If we put the 2 of Spades in the second row down, the 3 and 4 of Spades are already in position! And if we move the 2 of Diamonds to another open space, we can move the 5 of Spades behind the 4.
If we continue on in that fashion for a while, we will eventually become blocked by the Kings.
At that point, we shuffle all the cards that have not already been sorted. In the above layout, the 2-5 of Diamonds, 2-7 of Spades, 2-9 of Hearts and 2-8 of Clubs would all stay where they are and the other cards would be picked up, shuffled, and dealt out at random, like this:
Unfortunately, there are only 3 possible moves left before this hand is lost. Montana is not an easy game by any means, but it can be entertaining and fun if you know the strategy.
Now here is the end of a different hand, but this one is winnable! I personally prefer the classic card style (with the little suits in the middle of the card), so I changed it in the Appearance screen.
Move the 9 and 10 of Clubs behind the 8, move the King of Clubs to where the 10 of Clubs was, then move the Jack of Diamonds behind the 10 of Diamonds. We’re almost there!
Move the Queen and King of Diamonds behind the Jack and move the Queen and King of Clubs behind that Jack…
Now all that is left is to move the King of Hearts behind the Queen and we have won Montana!!!
Yes, I know that probably looks quite complicated, but trust me – it’s a fun solitaire game. And if it’s not the game for you, there are plenty of other games to love in the Solitaire MegaPack and Solitaire Free Pack.