Forty Thieves Solitaire

Game Description: Try to build the 8 foundation piles from Ace to King of the same suit.

How to Play Forty Thieves Solitaire:

  • Forty Thieves Solitaire is played with 2 full decks of cards (minus the jokers)
  • 10 piles of 4 cards each are dealt face up by rows. These 10 piles are called the tableau. The cards in the tableau overlap so you may see them.
  • Of the remaining cards, 63 are dealt face down forming the stock pile (the upper left pile) and 1 card is dealt face up to the right of the stock pile. That card is the first card in the waste pile.
  • There are 8 foundation piles at the upper right.
  • Your goal is to build each foundation pile from Ace to King of the same suit.
  • Move cards by dragging them with your mouse. If you accidently make an illegal move the card will snap back to it's original position.
  • You may only move one card at a time. Groups of cards cannot be moved.
  • The only cards that may be moved are the uppermost card of each pile and the top card on the waste pile.
  • A card may only be moved to a tableau pile (the middle 10 piles) if that card is the same suit and ranks one lower. For example, the 7 of spades may only be placed on an 8 of spades in the tableau. A king cannot be placed on an ace.
  • Aces should be moved to a foundation pile as they become available. Each ace has a prearranged place. For instance, the ace of hearts would be moved to either of the two spaces reserved for an ace of hearts.
  • Any movable card may be moved to a foundation pile if that card is the same suit and ranks one card higher. For example, the 2 of spades would be placed on the ace of spades. The 3 of spades would be placed on the 2 of spades and so forth.
  • Any movable card may be placed in any blank space at anytime.
  • Click the stock pile (the upper left pile) to release the next card to the waste pile.
  • You can only go through the stock pile one time. When you have used all of the stock cards, and you still cannot put all of the cards on the foundation, then you lose the game. Click the 'Give Up' button to play again.
  • You earn 500 points for each card you are able to place on the foundation.

Forty Thieves Solitaire Game Options:
  • The game sounds, which are minimal, may be turned on or off by clicking the microphone icon located at the lower right on the game screen.

Forty Thieves Solitaire Playing Tips:
  • Since I am brand new to Forty Thieves Solitaire I can't give you much advice as far as strategy is concerned. However, I have learned one thing and that is this. Be deliberate with your play because once a move is made it cannot be undone.

Richard's Rating: 4 out of 5.

Pro: Forty Thieves Solitaire is probably one of the toughest, if not the toughest, card game to win. But it certainly is fun to try!

Con: It would have been helpful if the cards in the waste pile would overlap so you could see them all. This would definitely help in planning moves. (You can move the top card in the waste pile which allows you to peek at the next card down, but it is impossible to see anything lower than that). Unless you have a photographic memory, you are going to forget which cards are buried in the waste pile and their order. I suppose you could write down the cards as they are covered in the waste pile, but that's simply too much work for me.

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