ForeCell

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1 Deck.  Medium (60%).  Mostly Skill.

 

Object

To move all the cards to the foundations.

 

Layout

4 foundation piles (top right) - build up in suit from Ace to King.

 

4 cells (top left) - storage locations for cards.  Only 1 card allowed in each cell.  At the start of the game 1 card is dealt face up to each pile.

 

8 tableau piles (below foundations and cells) - build down by alternate color.  Move groups of cards if they are in sequence down by alternate color and if there are enough free cells that the cards could be moved individually.  Spaces can be filled by a King or group of cards headed by a King.  At the start of the game 6 cards are dealt face up to the each pile.

 

Options

AutoPlay

 

Notes

Groups of cards in the tableau can only be moved as a group if there are a sufficient number of empty cells available to store the cards individually.  The ability to move cards as a group is only a shortcut to moving the group one card at a time.

 

The game number deals #1 to #1000000 are compatible with the games in the standard Windows FreeCell.  For more information about FreeCell type games, see http://www.freecell.org.

 

Tips

Try to keep as many cells empty as possible.

 

History

ForeCell is a predecessor to FreeCell.   It appeared in a 1945 Swedish book Världens bästa patienser och patiensspel by Einar Werner.  It was called Napoleon in St. Helena.  Since this is a very common name for a solitaire game, the name was changed here to ForeCell to emphasize it's relationship to FreeCell.   The differences between ForeCell and FreeCell are that 4 cards are dealt to the cells rather than the tableau, and only Kings can fill empty spaces in the the tableau.

 

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