Freecell is one of the most popular solitaire card games in the world. Like in Klondike Solitaire (a.k.a. Classic Solitaire) you're attempting to build up 4 suit piles called the foundations from Ace to King by suit. You have 8 columns on the lower part of the game screen known as the tableau. You can move cards between the columns to build them down from King to Ace alternating colors. On the upper left of the game screen are 3 free cells. You may use these freecells as holding spaces for cards you need to get out of the way.
- Cards - Freecell is played with one standard deck of cards, 4 suits.
- Tableau - The eight columns of cards. All 52 cards are initially dealt into the Tableau.
- Free Cells - The Free Cells are 4 spaces labeled F R E E in the upper left of the game screen.
- Foundations - The Foundations are the suit piles located in the upper right of the game screen.
Moving Cards to the Foundations
The four suit piles in the upper right of the game screen are also known as the foundations. The foundations don't initally have a suit assigned to them, and you can place any of the Aces into any of the four foundations to start out the pile. From that point on, you will need to build that foundation up by the suit of your Ace. You may only move a single card at a time to the foundation, and you must build the foundation up, starting with the Ace (having a value of 1) to the King (having a value of 13) in order (Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King).
Moving Cards between Columns
Cards can be moved between the 8 columns (tableau) as long as the cards you are attempting to move has a value that is one less than the value on the bottom of the column you are moving the card to and is of a different color. An example of this is that a RED 3 could be moved below a BLACK 4, or a RED JACK could be placed below a BLACK QUEEN. You can move several cards at a time between two columns, as long as the set of cards you are moving are all in proper order and at the bottom of the column. To make it clear which cards are and are not available to be moved, the cards that are not available to be moved are dimmed. You can also move any card at the bottom of one of the columns to an open freecell.
Moving Cards to the Free Cells
You can move any single card from the bottom of any of the columns (tableau) to any empty freecell that appears in the top left of the game screen.
How to win
Your goal in freecell is to build up the four suit piles (foundations) located in the upper right of the game screen from Ace to King by Suit. Once you've placed all four Kings on their foundations, you've won the game.