Online Freecell Solitaire - Play Free

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Play Freecell Solitaire:

This online Freecell Solitaire game is perfect for those new to card solitaire. Freecell is designed so almost every hand can be solved.

This game is part of the free online brain games collection.

To begin, click the Small, Medium, or Large link under the picture of the game. This opens the game in a pop-up window.

If you like this game, you might also enjoy the other free solitaire card games such as Basic Klondike Solitaire.

Online Freecell - Instructions

You might also enjoy the other Free Online Solitaire Games on this site. Solitaire card games train concentration and logical thinking skills.

Sort the cards from the tableau piles at the bottom of the game board into Ace through King stacks in the foundation piles on the upper right.

Note: The instructions below were written for the old Adobe Flash version of the game.

HOW TO PLAY. After the game loads, click the PLAY GAME button to begin. The cards for your first round of Freecell Solitaire are then dealt onto the game board automatically.

Freecell differs from other solitaire card games (such as the much more difficult Forty Thieves Solitaire in a significant way.

In Freecell, there is no stock pile or waste pile. Instead, you are given four "free cells".

The free cells are extra empty stacks. You can use these stacks to shift around cards from the tableau piles.

The ability to move around cards makes online Freecell solitaire more winnable than other versions of solitaire. The free cells give you a lot of flexibilty during play.

That doesn't mean you can make just any play and expect to win. This is still solitaire, and you need think ahead and use strategy.

Freecell Solitaire sections

Online Freecell Rules

Whether you play Freecell with actual cards, or play online Freecell, the game of Freecell solitaire usually consists of a single 52-card deck. The cards are dealt in eight tableau stacks at the bottom of the board, with four tableaux having seven cards, and four tableaux with six cards.

All cards in the deck are dealt face up at the beginning of the hand. Below are the main rules of the game.

  • To win, you need to move all the cards from the tableau piles at the bottom of the game board to the foundation piles in the upper right. The first card on each foundation pile must be an Ace. You then add to that pile in sequential order and by suit, all the way up to King.

    For example, one pile will have the Ace of Hearts. On top of that card, you need to place the 2 of Hearts, then the 3 of Hearts, and so on all the way up to the King of Hearts.

  • To move a card from one tableau pile to another tableau pile, the card you move must be opposite in color from the card you are moving it to. The card also must be one less in value.

    For example, you can move a 9 of Clubs (a black card) to an available 10 of Hearts (red card).

  • You cannot move multiple cards directly from one tableau to another. For example, if you have a sequence of 7, 6, 5 at the bottom of a tableau, only the 5 card can be moved directly. However: If you empty out a tableau pile, you can move multiple cards to that location (if they are sequential and alternate in color).

    You can also move a sequence of cards by using your free cells to move cards back and forth from the free cells to the tableaus. So to move a long sequence you may need to use a combination of empty free cells and empty tableau pile locations.

  • The four free cells in the upper left are available to use any time. However, use them with caution, because once a card occupies a free cell, that card can only be removed if there is a location on one of the tableau piles to move it to.

    In other words, you cannot move the card back to the location in the tableau that you removed it from (unless that spot happens to be opposite color and one less numerically).

All sources I read said this version of solitaire is easiest to win. Having said that, I've had some trouble with this online Freecell game!

Apparently I'm not the best solitaire player ever. Smilie

So here's a trick that can help if you're having problems. Before you start playing, click the "New Game" button a few times until a hand is dealt with one or more Aces close to the bottom of the tableau piles.

Easy access to one or two Aces in the beginning will give you a head start in forming your foundation piles.

In addition to being one of the most solvable versions of card solitaire, Freecell is also probably the most famous due to its history in the computer industry.

A free Freecell game has been included by Microsoft in every version of its Windows operating system since Windows 95.

This online Freecell solitaire game can be one of the more fun variations of solitaire since the odds of winning are in your favor. Play solitaire card games regularly for a real brain boost!

Published: 10/07/2011
Last Updated: 06/11/2020

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