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How to Play FreeCell Solitaire: A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Play FreeCell Solitaire?

Step into the world of FreeCell Solitaire, a game where every move is a key to solving a captivating card puzzle. This game is perfect for those moments when you need a break from the daily grind or simply want to sharpen your mind and problem-solving skils. FreeCell is not just about luck; it’s about making the right choices to clear the board and achieve victory. Ready to start? Here’s everything you need to know to play FreeCell Solitaire effectively.

What You Need:

A standard deck of 52 cards (no jokers).


Deal the Cards: Start by dealing the whole deck face-up into eight tableau columns. The first four columns will have seven cards each, and the last four columns will have six cards each.


The goal in FreeCell is to move all cards to the foundation piles, organized by suit in ascending order from Ace to King.

FreeCell Gameplay

  1. Understand the Layout:

    • Tableau: Eight columns where most of the game actually happens.
    • Free Cells: Four empty spaces used to temporarily hold cards.
    • Foundations: Four piles where cards are stacked from Ace to King by suit.

    Understand the FreeCell Layout

  2. Moving Cards on the Tableau:

    • You can move cards between tableau columns by creating descending sequences (from King to Ace) in alternating colors (red on black or black on red).
    • You can move individual cards or properly ordered sequences of cards to another tableau column. Note that if you want to move a sequence, you can do it only depending on how many free cells you have (more about it below).
    • If a column is empty, you can start a new tableau column with any card or sequence.
  3. Using the Free Cells:

    • Any single card can be moved to a free cell if it's empty.
    • Use free cells to maneuver and access cards that are trapped on the tableau.
    • The fewer cards in the free cells, the more options you have for moving card sequences.
    Using the Free Cells
  4. Building the Foundations:

    • Start each foundation pile with an Ace and build upward in sequence to the King, keeping all cards in the same suit.
    • Cards can be moved from both the tableau and the free cells to the foundations as playable.
    Building the Foundations
  5. Moving Multiple Cards:

    You can move multiple cards together as a group or sequence if there are enough open spots (free cells) that allow the move. For example, if you have two free cells, you can move a sequence of three cards. If you have 3 free cells, you can move a sequence of 4 cards, and so on.

    Moving Multiple Cards
  6. Strategy Tips:

    • Keep as many free cells open as possible. They are valuable for maneuvering other cards.
    • Plan several moves ahead. Each move can affect your future options, so consider the order and placement of cards carefully.
    • Prioritize freeing up cards that are trapped or can be placed on the foundations soon.

Benefits of Playing FreeCell Solitaire

Playing FreeCell Solitaire involves your strategic thinking and problem-solving skills. It's a fantastic way to enjoy some downtime while also engaging your mind. Each game is a new challenge, providing satisfaction and enjoyment as you work to clear the board.