Solitaire from tabletop to your desktop

Is it just me but every time I see a deck of cards, I’d immediately clear a table or the bed or even on the floor and start shuffling and laying cards to play several rounds of solitaire. It’s out of boredom I guess but more than just to pass the time, solitaire helps stimulate a soft mental activity that somewhat relaxes the brain and relieves stress. And even without the physical cards, who is not guilty of squeezing in a few minutes of solitaire on a Windows PC during breaks or when work becomes too stressful? On a Mac, there are no card games installed by default, good thing I found solitaire.org, a website where you can play solitaire online for free just like you do the classic way.

You can tell I’m into retro games that not only entertain but bring memories of my mostly offline childhood and nostalgia. My siblings would play unggoy-unggoyan on nights when we’re not allowed TV, with the loser getting slaps of cards and tons of laughs after, or non-stop rounds of pusoy dos when hanging out with friends. But solitaire is your me-time card game and it’s as if you’re competing with no one else but your luck and your layout of cards.

I remember back then playing solitaire until the wee hours just to clear the stack of cards into its respective suits. That’s because the kid in me would play it for a wish or a question and if I win the card game it could mean I get a yes or the wish will come true. After many yes and nos, it’s really just so I can keep playing as the addicting card game seems to be more of luck than strategy. Now you can do solitaire and its many versions online through solitaire.org. These games are free to play online and thankfully are also ad-free.

As soon as you launch the website, you’ll see a playable classic solitaire that’s dealt automatically to the tableu with the homepage showing a long list of relevant information you need to know about solitaire and how the online classic game is played as well as its other variations. The games are easy to navigate, you use your mouse or pointer to click or transfer cards, with controls that are clearly laid out they’re a no-brainer.

Did you know that there are several versions of solitaire and are called different names? According to solitaire.org, the five most popular games are Klondike, Freecell, Spider, Pyramid, and Tripeaks. And the site lists even more solitaire game versions it offers that can all be played online for free. Two of my favorites that I play a lot on the website are Klondike and Freecell.

You must be already familiar with Klondike. That’s because Klondike came bundled with the Microsoft Windows operating system up until Windows 10. Klondike is the best-known version of the solitaire card game, especially in the US and Canada, while in Europe it’s called Patience, all of which refer to the same solitaire game.

Like most solitaire games, Klondike consists of these elements: (1) The Draw, which is a deck of 52 cards that are shuffled into random order. Shuffling in this case will be done for you automatically in the game; (2) The Foundations, this is where piles of cards can be stacked in numerical order, which is left empty at the start of the game, started off with the ace of each suit upon which the rest of the cards are stacked, all the way up to the king of the suit; (3) A Table, or tableau, which are either empty spaces or feature cards that are temporarily stored before being added to a Foundation.

When there are no more moves left to do, that means you have lost the game. The objective of the Klondike game is to transfer all cards from the Table to the Foundation, with each move getting you a score. To win the game all cards must be cleared.

Another familiar solitaire game is Freecell, which is a strategic game unlike other variations, and when played well, you are highly likely to win the game!

The Freecell game consists of these elements: (1) A Table, or Tableau, which are either empty spaces or feature cards that are temporarily stored before being discarded, you create eight columns of cards in these spaces, face up and all the 52 cards are used in the columns; (2) The Foundations, which are spaces where you move the sequences of cards; and lastly (3) The four cell spaces.

With Freecell, all cards are open with the cards dealt face up at the start of every game. Perhaps this makes it easy to beat nearly every game as you can strategize your moves seeing all the cards laid out. And like the usual solitaire, the goal of the game is to stack cards into sequences, which are based on suits and rank. You’ve won the game if you manage to move all cards by color, suits, and rank to the right. See if you can score higher than your previous, or versus a friend.

Now these are only a few of my constant games, but the website offers more with a collection of solitaire card games, mahjong tile games, hidden object games, and a bunch of other fun online games that can be played directly on a web browser.

And yes, all these online games can be played on a mobile phone. I use my iPhone to play the games using Safari. You can either play it on the website or play it standalone via web app. You will need to rotate your phone to landscape mode to fully enjoy the games.

So on your idle hours or when work or school becomes tough that you need a much needed break, a few rounds of card games at solitaire.org can help you recover from mental fatigue and relieve stress, or just like me, play them with a twist for a yes or no on a wish or question you’ve been longing to get answered. Promise, it’s even more fun that you can’t/won’t stop playing.

Featured photo by @alexascribe using an iPhone 11 Pro Max in Portrait Mode.


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