Microsoft Solitaire for iOS, a classic game that gets a fitting relaunch in the modern age

In my mind, I’ve always associated Solitaire and Minesweeper with Microsoft. I first played both games on my PC almost 20 years ago (oh boy, do I feel old now) and strangely enough, they were among the first games to get me hooked onto the PC.

Between sessions of Half-Life and Age of Empires, I’d take a break and mindlessly play Solitaire until I felt refreshed enough to start another round. It’s an odd ritual, I know, but gamers will understand.

The games moved with me as I changed PCs and operating systems. They were old friends. I can still remember the outrage with which I greeted the “modern” Minesweeper and Solitaire on Windows Vista and later, Windows 8.

I’ve since forgiven Microsoft for Solitaire, but Minesweeper still remains a pain point. It’s so slow.

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Time doesn’t stand still of course and the smartphone revolution came. I started spending more and more of my idle time with my smartphone. Inevitably, I started scrounging the various app stores for some worthy version of Solitaire.

I found many games, decent ones at that, but for whatever reason, they didn’t have that fluidity and feel of Microsoft’s Solitaire. It’s hard to explain, but the only word I can come up with is “refined”; there’s a refinement to Microsoft’s version of Solitaire that I find lacking in every other version I’ve tried.

The day, a few weeks ago, that Microsoft Solitaire finally made its way to mobile was an exciting one indeed. I downloaded it, played it, and then heaved a huge sigh of relief.

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I’m happy to report that Microsoft Solitaire for iOS and Android is every bit as good as the current Windows 10 version of the game.

You get the same features, the same UI and even the same animations. You also get the same ad-supported gameplay that I loathe though.

As with the PC version, the game includes Klondike, Spider Solitaire, FreeCell, Pyramid and TriPeaks. The Daily Challenges and Awards also make their way to the game.

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Gameplay is smooth and fluid and I’ve no complaints on that front. As an added bonus to mobile players, the game supports ‘single tap to move’, which, in Solitaire, will move cards around to the appropriate stack in a single tap.

I played the mobile version on an iPhone 6S Plus (gotta love that screen) and an ancient, first generation Moto G. Gameplay was fluid and smooth on both devices.

You do get the option to pay to get rid of apps, but Microsoft, in all its wisdom, decided that Solitaire needs micro-transactions and thus, charges a $1.99 (Rs 120 in India) monthly fee or $9.99 (Rs 620 in India) a year subscription to remove advertisements and boost the rate at which you earn gold.

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The game can still be played without spending a rupee and the ads are relatively few in number.

If, like me, you’re a fan of Microsoft Solitaire, give this one a whirl, it’s just as good as the PC version. Better still, it’s in your pocket now, and it’s free.

Even if you’re not a fan of the game, load it up on your grandma’s phone and watch her while away hours just playing the game.

Russian Solitaire Rules

Russian Solitaire is one of special solitaire card games. Like other solitaire, russian solitaire need 1 standard deck of 52 cards. Or you can play online. Here, let’s check how to play russian solitaire, rules and strategy.

1 deck. Average. No redeal.

Russian Solitaire uses one deck (52 cards). You have 7 tableau piles with the number of cards per pile increasing from one to seven from left to right. The top card is face up. Then 4 additional cards are dealt, face up, onto each of the six piles on the right. You have 4 foundation piles.

Aces are moved to the foundations as they become available.

The object of the game

To build the foundations up in suit to kings.

The rules

You may build tableau piles down in suit. Groups of cards can be moved regardless of any sequence. Any face up card in the tableaus can be moved to further a build. All the cards covering it are moved together as a unit. Empty tableaus may be filled with a King or group of cards headed by a King.

Wins are rare.

Solitaire jokes with army

Solitaire games is very popular on the world, even in the army. Let’s read hilarious jokes below and take fun:

A army trainer was teaching his recruits about survival in the desert. “What are the three most important things you should bring with you in case you get lost in the desert?” he asked. Several hands went up, and many important things were suggested such as food, matches, etc. Then Santa in the back eagerly raised his hand. “Yes Santa, what are the three most important things you would bring with you?” Santa replied: “A compass, a canteen of water, and a deck of cards.” “Why’s that Santa ?” “Well,” answered Santa, “the compass is to find the right direction, the water is to prevent dehydration…” “And what about the deck of cards?” asked trainer impatiently. “Well, Sir, as soon as you start playing Solitaire, someone is bound to come up behind you and say, “Put that red nine on top of that black ten!”

The purpose of Solitaire on Windows

Many an office worker has quietly finished a round of computer solitaire. Although seemingly a waste of time, this game actually had a secret purpose.

An long article from Slate magazine about the addictive nature of the electronic pasttime also explains its origin:

Microsoft executives wanted Windows Solitaire games “to soothe people intimidated by the operating system.” Solitaire proved particularly useful in teaching neophytes how to use the mouse. When Microsoft first preloaded solitaire as part of 1990’s Windows 3.0, clicking and pointing weren’t yet second nature. By dragging and dropping cards, newbies developed the mousing fluency required to use every other Windows program. (The game’s pedagogical elements were also a handy cover story. When a Minnesota state legislator got caught playing during a 1995 debate on education funding, she claimed she was merely doing “homework to improve her mouse dexterity.”)

Solitaire helped acquaint users with Windows.

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You thought you were burning away years of your life pointing, clicking and dragging. But in truth, you were training. You were mastering how to use the mouse in an era where most people thought “scrollwork” was what artisans did when carving tiny designs into ivory.

Failure is the secret to success. Like The Karate Kid, computer solitaire was a version of “wax on, wax off” that taught us all skills we didn’t know we needed. But in this case, the sneaky trick was seemingly less productive and lots more fun. Sometimes, we need to be tricked in order to master a new technique. Sometimes, there’s a secret purpose to something innocuous. Sometimes, we need to do what seems like wasting time in order to save time later.

Top popular solitaire card games

Some types of solitaire games below are the most popular solitaire card games of all time, based on search volume on google and number of players who play solitaire on online websites. There are Klondike Solitaire (Top 1 popular – traditional solitaire), Freecell (base on windows) – Top 2 popular solitaire games.

  • Klondike – Due to its being included in every version of Microsoft Windows (where it’s known as Windows Solitaire), Klondike has been played by millions of people, and is probably the best-known solitaire game in the world. Many people don’t even realize that other games exist.
  • FreeCell – Thanks (again) to Microsoft, which included a version of the game in Windows 95, FreeCell has become one of the world’s most popular solitaires. Unlike Klondike, the vast majority of FreeCell hands can be won, given sufficient patience and foresight.
  • Spider – The third of the Microsoft-boosted solitaire games, Spider is perhaps the best-known two-deck solitaire game.
  • Cruel is another game with a Microsoft connection, having been published in “Windows Entertainment Pack #1” way back when.
  • TriPeaks was popularized by its ubiquitous presence in bar-top arcade machines, where its simple rules, fast gameplay, and limited strategy made it a favorite.
  • Canfield (also known as “Demon”) is a simple-to-play but difficult-to-win solitaire that was popularized in the late 1800’s as a saloon gambling game.

Free Russian Solitaire Card Games Online

Russian Solitaire is a very challenging but interesting solitaire game that you can play free online. Below Solitaireus.org will show how to play Russian Solitaire Game.3dd1ab51989251742e6106f3dbefa3e5Russian Solitaire Card Games

Instruction:

The objective of Russian Solitaire games is to build the four foundation piles up in suit from ace to king.

Only the top card of a tableau pile can be moved to a foundation pile.

You can move a group of cards from one tableau pile to another tableau pile if the first card of that group is of the same suit and one rank lower than the top card of the new tableau pile. For example, a group of cards starting with a four of hearts can be moved to a tableau pile whose top card is a five of hearts.

Empty spaces can only be filled by a king or a group of cards starting with a king. The game automatically ends when no more moves are possible.

You can play Russian Solitaire Card Game Online with many website free. Rusian Solitaire is one types of Yukon Solitaire.

Thanks to visiting my website. Have a good time!

Win Spider Solitaire Four Suit-Solitaire Spider Online

Win Spider Solitaire Four Suit

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The four suit version of Spider Solitaire is easily one of the most of the challenging solitaire games out there and simply put not every game can be won. You always need some luck! The two suit and one suit versions are far easier and winning is much more common!

If you are playing it on the computer with an undo feature (or just peeking when playing with two decks by hand), it’s often worth looking under a card you are about to uncover to see if that will give you another move.

Where possible build cards together in their respective suit. This gives you greater freedom in moving the cards as the game progresses.

When you have two or more open columns it is often easier to restack columns so that they are in their suits before filling those columns with more permanent cards. The idea is to clean up your active columns so they are easier to move later.

Kings can never be placed on any card, so its usually best to move these to open columns.

Where possible try to play cards from columns that are closer to being empty. Really the key to the game is getting those empty columns! Always try to expose new cards first by moving your current cards around rather than moving them straight to an empty column.

Always build on higher ranked cards. Often this means that you get more moves. For example move a Jack onto a Queen before moving a 10 onto a Jack.

You have pay for solitaire on Windows 10

While there are many parts of Windows 10 that we would happily pay for, one that we’re sad we have to is classic built-in game, Solitaire. But it’s alright, you can play free online solitaire games and get top score with many people in the world.

The single-player card game has been a staple of almost every Windows operating systems since Windows 3.0, way back in 1990. With Windows 10 though, there’s a catch — it crams in ads, including video clips, and the only way to remove them is to pony up some cold, hard, cash.

The Windows 10 edition of Solitaire is at least greatly expanded on its predecessors, packing in five variations on the game, multiple card designs, and even adds a competitive edge with daily challenges and tournaments. But to actually enjoy any of that without a 30 second video ad taking over the screen between matches, you’ll have to upgrade to Solitaire Premium.

It’s not a one-off purchase, either. To keep the ads at bay, you’ll have to pay $1.49/month or $10/year. To be entirely fair, this is the same as on the Windows 8 version, which wasn’t installed by default but could be downloaded from the Windows Store. With the fresh rollout of Windows 10 and Solitaire once again being pre-installed, plenty of new users are feeling the sting of the intrusive adverts though, and being asked to subscribe as a solution isn’t going down well.

Some Reddit users are none too pleased about the paid ad-removal. Although many point out that it’s nothing new for Windows 8 users, others say the problem is including advertising in native apps. “Ads in native software is inexcusable,” writes user ofNoImportance. “If I go out and download a trial [game] and that’s got ads, fine. But not in something that’s 1st-party and paid software. I’ve already bought it, there’s no justification for ads.” Technically speaking, while the new version of Solitaire is “native” in that it’s once again included with the OS, it’s not “native” in the same sense that the Edge browser or Control Panel is. The game is now developed by a third party studio, and the ads likely support its creation and maintenance, in much the same way freemium games on mobile operate.

Whether people noticing the game is now ad supported (presumably not too many people went to the effort of manually downloading it on Windows 8) leads Microsoft to offer an unadulterated version of Solitaire remains to be seen, although it’s probably worth considering that Windows 10 is itself free at present for the vast majority of users.

History of Solitaire Card Games

The history of a group of card games known as Solitaire dates back to the mid-18th century. Internationally, the game of solitaire has many names. It is often called “Patience,” especially in Britain. In France, the game is sometimes called “Success” (reussite). Other languages, such as Danish, Norwegian and Polish often use the word “Kabal” or “Kabala” (secret knowledge) to describe these games. This goes back to the early origins of solitaire where the outcome of a game may have been though to be a type of fortune telling. (spider solitaire game) Solitaire makes it earliest appearance in writing in about 1783 where it is described in a German book of games. It was described as a competitive card game where players would take turns or play with separate decks of cards. The idea of playing solitaire completely by one’s self probably came out of people enjoying practicing for competitive games. It is widely believed, but not true, that Napoleon played solitaire during his exile. Many solitaire games bare his name or the name of the island he was exiled to. However, Napoleon enjoyed the more popular games of the day such as Whist. But by the mid-19th century, solitaire was popular in French society. It was also around that time that solitaire took hold in English society. Prince Albert was known to play, and books of rules began appearing in English in the late 19th century. It wasn’t until the second half of the 20th century that most modern forms of patience games began to take shape. Hundreds of books describing hundreds of different solitaire games have been published. In the 1980s, personal computers made solitaire more popular than ever. Since players don’t need to shuffle and deal the cards for each and every hand, game play has become more enjoyable. In addition, the ability to start a new game with only the click of a mouse has brought forward the addictive quality of these games.

Solitaire Apps by Byterun for IOS

GameBox Solitaire – “GameBox Solitaire is our high quality card game pack including well-known card game. If you are familiar with Hardwood Solitaire, Solebon Solitaire or Top Ten Solitaire, then you will love this game!” Price: $2.99 iTunes Rating: 3.5/5 This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad  

  • Updated: Jun 10, 2016
  • Version: 6.3
  • Size: 47.4 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Byterun, Ltd

Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.