Card games
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Date: 23 October, 2006



I hold myself personally responsible for my own downturn in productivity after playing computer card games — but any of your time-wasting is purely your own responsibility!

All games are free downloads or free to play.

Some games require your browser to have a 'plug in' for Shockwave or Java.

If you are a parent, we advise you to try the game and the site it's on first before letting your kids play them, to make sure you're happy. (And, don't forget, you can also find great games for kids in our own Global Gang area).

These are mostly patience (solitaire)-type. To play a game, simply click on its name.

The first link takes you to the online game or download, and the second gives you some background information on the game (if available). And don't forget you can play these games with real playing cards too!

When downloading games from the Internet, don't forget to keep your anti-virus and anti-spyware software up to date.

Forty Thieves (in 123 Free Solitaire 2006) (download)
This column nearly ended here when I started playing Forty Thieves. Very more-ish. You build cards up on eight foundations of Aces from ten stacks and the remaining stock. Scroll down to the bottom half of the page to download the free version rather than the trial version. 123 Free Solitaire includes 12 card games — SolSuite (which you have to pay for) has 463 (and even I think that's getting a bit giddy).

Spider Solitaire (in Free Spider 2005) (download)
To play Spider Solitaire, you need to move the cards from one column to another to create a suite (King to Ace) — these are then removed automatically. When you get stuck, you can deal another row from the stock. You can play this with one suit (easy), two sits or four suits (hard) and this collection includes Coleopter and Simple Simon.

Snap (instructions)
Not quite an online game, but instructions on how to play snap, probably the simplest card game in the world.

Freecell (online)
The aim of Freecell is to move all the cards in each suit to the foundations at the top of the screen, using the stacks at the bottom as an intermediate step.

La Belle Lucie (online)
In La Belle Lucie, move cards to the foundations on the left in ascending order, from Ace to King. Move cards around the foundations , matching suit in descending order. You can reshuffle twice.

TriPeaks (online)
In TriPeaks, the aim is to try and clear the peaks (and the two cards at the top) by moving cards that are one higher or one lower onto the bottom pile.

Two of a Kind (online)
Match two exposed cards of the same value (from the deck and from the stock) to clear them off the deck — continue until the whole deck is cleared. You can redeal the stock cards.

Klondike (online)
Often just called Solitaire, in Klondike, the foundations are built up by suit from Ace to King, and the stacks built down by alternate colours. Partial or complete piles can be moved between stacks. Further cards are dealt from the stock pile.

Flower Garden (online)
In Flower Garden, the foundations are built from Ace to King. Cards can be moved between stacks or from the reserve, and the stacks are built in descending order, using cards from any suit.

Cruel (online)
The aim of Cruel is to build on the foundations of Aces by suit, in ascending order, by using the exposed cards. Cards can be moved on the stacks within suits, in descending order.

And the eleventh... a practical joke.

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