Eight Off Solitaire

Game Description: Eight Off Solitaire is a patience game similar to Freecell Solitaire. There are three areas on the playing field with 8 reserve cells across the top, 4 foundation piles down the right side, and the larger area in the middle called the tableau. The goal is to build all 4 foundation piles by suit from ace to king.

How to Play Eight Off Solitaire:

  • After the game fully loads, click the 'New Game' button.
  • There are 3 areas on the playing field. There are 8 reserve cells across the top, 4 foundation piles down the right side, and the larger area in the middle called the tableau. (I just want to point something out, so that will be no confusion. The space in the upper right corner is one of the foundation piles, and not a reserve cell).
  • Eight Off Solitaire is played with a standard deck of 52 playing cards.
  • All 52 cards are dealt face up. There are 48 cards dealt to the tableau in 8 stacks of 6 cards each. The remaining 4 cards are dealt to the top, filling half of the 8 reserve cells. (You begin each game with the remaining 4 reserve cells empty).
  • The goal of Eight Off Solitaire is to build all 4 foundation piles by suit from ace to king.
  • Only one card can be moved at a time.
  • A card can be moved by dragging it. (To move a card to a foundation pile, you have also have the option of double clicking it).
  • The only cards that can be moved are the bottom card of any stack, or any card in a reserve cell.
  • Any moveable card may be added to the bottom of a stack in the tableau provided that it is the same suit and one rank lower. For example, if the bottom card of a stack is the 4 of diamonds, the 3 of diamonds may be added to that stack.
  • Any moveable card may fill an empty stack.
  • Any bottom card of a tableau stack may be moved to an empty reserve cell. (There are 8 reserve cells at the top, and each reserve cell may only hold one card at any one time).
  • You may click the 'Undo' button to undo as many moves as you wish, one move at a time.
  • There is a clock at the bottom, which quite frankly isn't very important. You have an unlimited amount of time to play, and Eight Off Solitaire has no scoring system. So the only purpose of the clock would be to time yourself, if you wanted to see how fast you can finish the game.
  • The game ends when either you win, or when you decide to give up. (To give up you would need to click the 'New Game' button, and then click 'New Game' again on the small window that pops up).

Eight Off Solitaire Playing Tips:
  • Always try to leave at least a couple of reserve cells open. This will give you the flexibility you need to move cards around. This does not mean that you can never fill all 8 reserve cells at the same time. You can, but be careful. Just be sure that you have thought things out thoroughly, and have a workable plan to start clearing out some of the reserve cells again.
  • Do play the game in Full Screen mode. You will simply enjoy it that much more!
  • Double click a card when it is ready to be played to a foundation. It is simply much quicker than dragging each card.

Richard's Rating: 3 out of 5.

Pro: Although Eight Off Solitaire is one of the easier solitaire games to win, I still enjoy playing it. It may also occasionally surprise you. I remember one game in which I had a particularly difficult deal that seemed almost impossible to win. I had to use the 'Undo' feature three times to get back to the beginning of the game. Finally, after a little over 28 minutes, I was able to find the elusive solution. (A typical game of Eight Off Solitaire would probably take me about 4 to 6 minutes while playing at a casual pace). By the way, I had more fun with that difficult deal than with all of the others. It was a real challange... and a blast! Deals like this are pretty rare, but they do exist.

Con: Since I review so many games where the sounds are overwhelming, is it always a surprise to find a game with absolutely no sound at all. Of course game sounds are not really required for this game, but I think a few sound effects could have made the game just a little bit better.

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