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Fours Up

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Fours Up

Screen shot of the game Fours Up from Pretty Good Solitaire.

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Fours Up is a two deck game of solitaire. It is a variation of Busy Aces.

How to Play

At the start of the game, one card each is dealt out to six tableau piles. The eight Fours in the deck are dealt to the foundation piles. The foundation piles will be built up in suit from the Fours up to Kings, then to Aces, Twos and Threes. The remaining cards form a stock that will be turned over one card at a time to a waste pile.

Play proceeds by moving up any possible cards in the tableau piles to the foundations. Tableau piles are built down regardless of suit, wrapping from Ace to King if necessary. Groups of cards in sequence down in suit may be moved as a unit. Spaces in the tableau are filled by any card or legal group of cards.

When there are no more possible moves within the tableau, turn over a card from the stock to the waste and continue play. The object is to move all of the cards up to the foundation piles. There is no redeal, so when the stock is empty and all the cards cannot be played up, the game is lost.

The strategy in Fours Up is simply to get as many cards as possible out of the waste and into the tableau piles.

An average player wins about 50% of the time, although with good play somewhat higher scores are possible.

Fours Up is a member of the family of games that includes Busy Aces, Deuces, Three's Company, and Penta. Also similar is Fortune's Favor and The Spark. Fours Up was invented by Thomas Warfield for Pretty Good Solitaire.

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