Winnable Solitaire Instructions
You're probably already familiar with the rules for "regular"
solitaire (Klondike to be more specific) and Winnable Solitaire is really
almost exactly the same. With two important differences:
Since it's more winnable than "regular" solitaire, you'll find it's just
plain more fun. The outcome depends more on your skills and less on
pure luck. It takes a little while to get onto the subtleties of the
strategy, but as you play more you'll find you're winning more and more.
- All deals have been proven winnable by a computer solver program.
Sure, some are really hard, but they're all winnable.
- Although they're all winnable, some are still very hard for us
normal humans to solve. So a couple special rules have been introduced
to yield a new flavor we call Winnable Solitaire. We'll explain in more
As noted above, the rules are that same as for Klondike ("regular"
solitaire). The object is to get all the cards played to the piles
at the top of the board (the foundation), starting with the ace for
each suit and working upwards. To accomplish this, you build strings
of cards in rank order but alternating red and black down on the main
piles (called the tableau). You search through the stock pile (upper left)
selecting cards you want to play either to the tableau or to
the foundation piles.
The game is lost when there are no more legal plays which advance the
game-- you'll have to give up and try again.
You can of course use a mouse, either clicking on a column to select it
or by dragging and dropping one or more cards. And you can drop an ace
anywhere on the aces area and it will figure out the correct destination.
But there are also keyboard shortcuts that will let you play without
ever touching the mouse.
||Selects a column
|A, B, C
||Selects a card from the stock
|| Move through the stock
|| Move "up" to the aces
There are two main differences than we've devised to make "Winnable
Solitaire" more of a game of skill than a game of luck: the stock works
differently — all cards in the stock are always available. And the
spyglass icon on the game board allows you to peek at all the
cards in the tableau. Armed with this additional knowledge you can
anticipate problematic situations and devise strategies to avoid the
Your deals will be biased to be,
on average, easier to solve when your streak is low. The average difficulty is
modified by influencing the likelihood that lower cards will be more accessible
and by limiting the number of certain "gotcha" cards positions, specifically
having both cards of the same rank and color buried in the tableau (thanks to
Joy for the tip).
The difficulty level ranges from 5 to 10 depending on your streak:
difficulty = (streak / 10) + 5
So playing a level 5 game means it's more likely the aces will be immediately available
whereas by level 10 the aces are randomly distributed and may be nice and buried.
As you play Winnable Solitaire you'll notice that there are a few
possibly counterintuitive strategies that can help you make sure you
win your games.
Don't make every possible play. You'l find there's an advantage in
holding back plays that aren't immediately beneficial.
You can inadvertantly trap cards that you may need later. General rule
is play low cards up to the aces where you're sure they're no longer
needed, but don't play low cards to the tableau unless they're really
going to serve a purpose.
Before you begin playing a deal, use the peek function to look
for potential troublespots. For instance, if you see a pile with a
jack of spades and a king of spades (or clubs) buried beneath it, and
you have both red queens in your stock, you're almost certainly going
to need to use the other black king to get that jack moved. Don't play the
other black jack onto your one possibility!