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Dear FreeCell Player,
FreeCell is a popular solitaire game that is almost always winnable.
FreeCell was invented in the 80s by Paul Allfile for the PLATO educational computer system. It was the first major solitaire game invented specifically for play on computers. It is a simple variation of Baker's Game and is related to an older, classic game called Eight Off.
In this video I explain how to play FreeCell. Download FreeCell Now and play along!
Moving groups of cards is not strictly allowed in FreeCell. However, in Pretty Good Solitaire I allow for moving groups of cards as a shortcut.
If you have all four cells empty, for example, it would be possible to move a group of five cards in sequence down by alternate color by moving the top 4 cards to the cells, then moving the 5th card, then moving the four cards back from the cells to reform the group.
Since this takes forever, Pretty Good Solitaire allow you to simply move all five cards together at once. In effect, the number of empty cells determines how many cards you can move as a group.
Important Tip: Try to keep the cells as empty as possible so that you can move more cards around in the tableau. Clearing a tableau pile also greatly increases the number of cards you can move as a group, since the empty pile can be used not only to store one card, but an entire group of cards.
FreeCell can be won very nearly every time. Only a very few FreeCell positions are impossible to win. The best known impossible game is #11982 in the Microsoft version of FreeCell that comes with Windows. This game is the only one of the regular 32000 games that is impossible to solve.
Pretty Good Solitaire uses the same game numbering system, except it goes up to over 2 billion. Only a very few of its over 2 billion starting positions are unsolvable.
The known unwinnable games under one million are #11982, #146692, #186216, #455889, #495505, #512118, #517776, and #781948.
You can download the free 30 day trial version Pretty Good Solitaire now. You can play all the games in Pretty Good Solitaire with game numbers 1 to 11982 for 30 days. If you like it (and I know you will), you can buy the 1001 games here and get years of fun.
If that is too much, FreeCell is also in our smaller and cheaper game FreeCell Plus. You can download the free 30 day trial version of FreeCell Plus here.
Regardless, I hope you enjoy my games!
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