FreeCell is one of the most popular solitaire games. This is probably because a version of it has come with Windows for over 20 years, and also because nearly every game is winnable, but the game is often a challenge.
But for some people FreeCell is too hard, and for others it is too easy. Fortunately, Pretty Good Solitaire has a number of games that are very close the FreeCell but are easier or harder. Here are a few of them.
1) Baker's Game
Baker's Game is actually an older game than FreeCell. It is played exactly like FreeCell except that you build cards down by suit instead of down by alternate color. This makes the game much harder, as there are fewer choices for each move. Baker's Game blocks much more often than FreeCell and there are many more unwinnable games, but it provides more of a challenge to the expert player.
Challenge FreeCell is another game more difficult than the standard FreeCell. In Challenge FreeCell, all of the Aces and Twos are dealt first to the bottom of the 8 tableau piles, then all the other cards are dealt out on top of them. With the Aces and Twos completely buried, you have to clear all of the cards on top of them in order to get them out to start the foundation piles. This makes the game somewhat harder (although not nearly as hard as Baker's Game).
Eight by Five is an easier game than the regular FreeCell. It is just like FreeCell, but instead of 4 free cells, it has 5. This gives you an extra cell to store cards in and makes the game considerably easier. If FreeCell is just too much of a challenge sometimes, you'll find that the extra cell makes many tough games easy.
4) Three Cells
Three Cells is another game slightly harder than the regular FreeCell. Instead of an extra cell, Three Cells takes one away. As the name implies, it has only three cells. One less space to store cards makes for a harder, more challenging game.
ForeCell is another old game that may pre-date FreeCell, as Baker's Game does. ForeCell is just like FreeCell except four cards are dealt to the four cells at the start of the game, meaning that the player has to move them either to the foundations or into the 8 tableau piles in order to use the cells. This again makes the game somewhat harder than regular FreeCell, at least at the beginning until the cells are cleared.
While Klondike is fun to play and a fine example of a good solitaire game (how else did it get so popular}, there are lots of game similar to it that are just as much fun or more. Here are some examples from among the more than 900 games in Pretty Good Solitaire.
1) Gold Rush
Gold Rush is my favorite Klondike alternative, in part because I invented it. It takes the basic Klondike game, with unlimited redeals and a 3 card draw, and changes it to have only 2 redeals, but a 2 card draw after the first redeal, then a 1 card draw for the last time through the deck. This makes for a nicely balanced game that is challenging but not too challenging.
Fascination is another game that I invented for Pretty Good Solitaire nearly 20 years ago. It is an attempt to make an open game out of Klondike. An open solitaire game is a game where all the cards in the deck are dealt out face up at the start of the game. The most famous open solitaire game is FreeCell. Open games have perfect information for the player, he or she can see where everything is. As such, they tend to be more strategic games.
Trigon takes the classic Klondike game and makes it harder. Instead of the standard of building cards down by alternate color among the 7 piles, it changes it to building down by suit. This makes the game considerably harder.
King Albert is another open game, with all the cards of one deck dealt out face up with 7 cards dealt out as reserve cards (all the card available) at the bottom of the screen. King Albert is a somewhat overlooked and challenging game. It blocks easily and so it doesn't have the appeal of FreeCell, but if you ignore the unwinnable games and concentrate on deals that give you a change, it can be a fun game.
The iPad version of Pretty Good Solitaire has updated to version 1.50 with 700 games. This version adds 100 new games (the same 100 games recently added to the Mac version) and adds the ability to change backgrounds.
To change the background of any game or all games, touch the Options button on the main screen.
A new version of Pretty Good Solitaire for Windows is now available!
Version 16.3 has 10 new games with a total of 930 different solitaire games.
Download version 16.3 from http://www.goodsol.com/download.html
The 10 new games are:
- Aces Wild - a variation of Gold Rush where any card can be played on an Ace or an Ace played on any card.
- Assembly Rush - a variation of Assembly with redeals.
- Australian Spider - an easier variation of Yukon Spider.
- Double Nickels - a slightly easier version of Double Fives.
- Fifteen Puzzle Cell - the game Fifteen Puzzle with an extra cell.
- Forty Eight Thieves - a 12 tableau pile version of Forty Thieves.
- Quadruple Harp - a 4 deck version of the Klondike type game Harp.
- Runner - an easier version of Acme.
- Tower of London - a FreeCell type game similar to Towers.
- Yorktown - an all cards in the tableau visible version of Klondike similar to Saratoga.
While the game still works great with versions of Windows as old as Windows XP, Pretty Good Solitaire is now runs great on Windows 10, including the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Download the best solitaire game for Windows 10 today!
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