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The Most Popular Versions of Solitaire

Most people that hop onto a Windows computer and enjoy a game of solitaire now and again have no clue that they’re really playing Klondike solitaire. There are actually many different variations of the card game, and it’s not until you take the time to become familiar with some of the other types, that you realize you were playing a type at all. That game you love to play isn’t just Solitaire, but actually Klondike Solitaire, and it’s one of many variations. The other variations are setup differently and offer similar, yet different, experiences for players.

Pyramid Solitaire

If you’re in a hurry to get in a game of solitaire, and you aren’t confident that you’ll have time for a full Klondike hand, Pyramid Solitaire is the perfect game for you. It’s also known as 13 or Pile of 28 and is very simple to play through. A 7-high pyramid of cards is dealt out with only the bottom of the pyramid available to start. As you play the game you flip over cards in the remainder of the deck, and if the flipped card adds up to 13 with one of the exposed pyramid cards, both can be discarded. If you don’t use a deck card you simply place the next deck card on top and can only use lower cards as higher deck cards are removed. The game is over when all the pyramid cards are gone, or you’re out of deck cards.

Golf Solitaire

In Golf Solitaire the object of the game is to get rid of all the cards. The reason it’s often known as Golf Solitaire is because the lower your score the better. To play deal seven rows of five cards, all face up and each row overlapping the previous row. Then place the rest of the cards face down in the draw pile. Now draw a single card and start the game. You can lay down any open card from the bottom row as long as it’s one higher or lower than the current card in the discard. Your final score is the total number of cards left in the rows.

Our Favorite: Spider Solitaire

The card game Spider Solitaire was popularized by Windows and is now offered on most Windows machines. It’s similar to Klondike Solitaire, but with some differences. The object is to get a full run from K down to A twice in each of the four different suits. You can move cards onto other cards valued one higher, and suit doesn’t matter unlike in Klondike. The game is fun to play, but often takes longer than Klondike to complete so make sure that you have plenty of time to get through it.

There are literally dozens of different variations of Solitaire available today, but these popular options are the most common that you’ll notice people playing. Each is a good option for stress relief, or to burn a little extra time that you have. Try out a few and decide which one you like the best.


One Response to “The Most Popular Versions of Solitaire”

  1. Marsha Henry

    I’m looking for a specific solitaire game but I don’t know the name of it. You start out with 3 cards in a pile, face down. Then you add 3 cards in a pile to each corner. Then you add 3 cards in a pile to those corners but you turn up the tops of those. The object is to match by pair. Any idea what I’m talking about? There’s also another one: Lay seven cards face up (twice), then lay another seven cards but turn up the middle three (do this two more times) and then repeat the 1st step. There should be 3 cards left. I don’t remember if you move the cards by suit or by alternating colors. I’m pretty sure this is a variation of Yukon. And then one more: There is a 16 card grid. I know the object is to have kings at the top, queens (2 on each side) and jacks at the bottom. You eliminate 2 cards that add up to 10. I don’t remember how to actually play the game, though. I sure hope you can help me.


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