FreeCell Solitaire

FreeCell is one of the most popular solitaire card games. A predecessor to FreeCell is described in the sweden book Världens bästa patienser och patiensspel (World's best solitaire card games), published in 1945. The solitaire more similar to FreeCell is Eight Off.

Eight Off was gradually modified in some aspect, until Paul Alfille had the idea to allow packing of cards on the tableau in alternate colors, obtaining nearly every deal solvable. Alfille wrote the first version of FreeCell in 1978. The popularity of the game grew thanks to Jim Horne that wrote one first alphanumeric version for the DOS and a second one for Windows.

Solitaire Card Games

Solitaire games, also known as Patience in Britain, are card games for a single player. Does not exist a precise history of solitaires, but it is probable that solitaires are been born with the card games. 

The word solitaire is of french origin, and it means patience. It must but wait for the age of Napoleon (is said Napoleon to have played a lot of solitaire) to see a true development of the solitaire games

The first book on the argument comes printed in 1870. It was Illustrated Games of Patience by lady Adelaide Cadogan, containing 25 games, reprinted many times. In the U.S. mrs E.D. Cheney published the successive year the book Patience. 

The publishing house Dick & Fitzgerald in New York published in 1883 a series of books dedicated to solitaire games ("Dick's Games of Patience") and a second series was published in 1898. 

In the 1890's a great populariser of the game was Miss Whitemore Jones, whose 5 volumes on solitaires went reprint for thirty years.

Rules for FreeCell Solitaire

From: SolSuite Solitaire

FreeCell type; 1 deck; no redeal

Object of the game

Foundations (Four piles; top right: complete these piles to win the game)

Cells (or Reserves; four cells, top left)

Tableau (Eight piles, below foundations and cells)

Similar Games for FreeCell Solitaire

The following games are similar to FreCell Solitaire. They are all included in SolSuite Solitaire. Clicking a link will open the solitaire rules at website.

(*) Original SolSuite Solitaire invented by the authors of SolSuite and therefore exclusive SolSuite solitaire. It is neither available in other solitaire collections nor is it included in any book of solitaire games.

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