Castle Solitaire is a well-made solitaire game I think you'll enjoy. Remove all cards from the board to reveal a beautiful castle image. Solitaire games train concentration and logical reasoning.
To begin, click the Small, Medium, or Large link under the picture at left. This opens the game in a pop-up window.
Castle Solitaire doesn't use foundation piles. Instead, match high/low cards with the face-up card in the Discard pile. See below for instructions.
If you like this game, you might enjoy the other free online solitaire games on this site.
HOW TO PLAY. The goal of castle solitaire is to clear all the cards from the board and win as many rounds as possible.
The cards are dealt automatically into the three pyramid shapes. The cards in the base row of each pyramid are face up.
As you remove the face-up cards, the hidden cards underneath are then flipped face up and become available to play.
To remove a face-up card from a pyramid: Click on a card that is one higher or one lower than the card shown in the Discard pile. The suit of the cards does not matter.
There are no foundation piles in this kind of solitaire. All cards go to the Discard pile rather than being sorted into foundations by suit (as in Basic Solitaire).
Example 1: Suppose there is a Queen of Spades showing face-up in the Discard pile. Look for a face-up King or Jack in the pyramid piles. Click the King or Jack to remove that card from the pyramid and place it in the Discard pile.
Example 2: Suppose there is a 7 or Hearts showing in the Discard pile. Look for a face-up 6 or 8 card in the pyramid. Click the 6 or 8 card to remove it from the pyramid.
ACES HIGH & LOW. In this castle solitaire game, the Aces are both high and low cards. That means you can play an Ace on a 2 or a King, and vice versa. Example: Suppose there is an Ace showing face-up in the Discard pile. You can play either a 2 or a King on the Ace.
WILD CARD. You get one Wild card per round. This card can be played at anytime. The best times to play the Wild card are when your consecutive plays seem to have run dry or toward the end of the game when there are only a few cards remaining in the pyramid piles.
UNDO. To cancel a move, click the UNDO button.
STATISTICS. This game keeps track of how many times you've cleared the board during a single session. Click on the Statistics button to see your current stats. For example, if you cleared all cards in two out of three rounds, the Statistics window shows 66%.
This castle solitaire game is not as hard to win as some other solitaire games (for example, Forty Thieves Solitaire). For that reason, it may be more suitable for younger players or less experienced solitaire players.
TIME BONUS. If you're aiming for high scores, you need to play your cards quickly. The Time Bonus ticker in the lower left starts counting down as soon as each solitaire round begins.
SCORE. Your running total score displays in the lower-central portion of the solitaire screen.
STRATEGIES. While playing this game, I thought of a couple strategies that might increase your chances of clearing the board:
It's better to turn over two cards than one. Imagine a situation where there are two face-up cards of the same value that you can play; and that playing one would flip a single face down card while playing the other would flip two cards.
It seems logical that flipping the two cards will increase your chances of winning, since you'll have twice as many new cards to choose from.
Save your Wild card as long as possible. When you get down to the end of the board, with few cards left, you'll need specific cards to finish the game. The Wild card might be just what you need to finish it up.
Castle Solitaire uses a single 52-card deck. If you've got a good memory, or if you've learned the appropriate memory techniques, you might want to count cards as you play. This may help you plan the best time to use your Wild card.
CONSECUTIVE MOVES. This solitaire game keeps track of your longest "runs". Consecutive moves means how many cards in a row you played from a card pyramid without having to flip the Discard pile.
Earlier today I had a run of 7 consecutive moves. It was 10-9-8-9-8-7-6-5, or something like that.
OPTIONS. If you like to listen to your own music in the background while playing solitaire, turn off the Castle Solitaire sound track by click the music note button on the Main Menu screen. You'll still hear the cool sound effects, such as the cards being dealt.
This game is a bit unusual in that you can change the display language as well. In the upper left of the Main Menu screen is a language drop-down tool. You can choose to display this solitaire game in 19 different languages!
Solitaire is a fun and relaxing way to train your brain and pass some time. This version is certainly pleasant to play, and I highly recommend it.
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