Solitaire (or "patience" as it's known in many parts of the world) is a genre of card games played by a single person, and provide for a great way to exercise your mind and pass the time or relax. There are thousands of solitaire card game variations, ranging from simple mechanical games to complex creations that require a great deal of strategy and thought to successfully complete.
Solitaire is most often played with a standard deck of playing cards (though there are also specialized solitaire playing cards that can make some games easier). Most solitaire games use one deck, though many use two, and a few use more than two decks.
Today, solitaire remains a beloved pastime for many people. It's requirements - a deck of cards, a flat surface, and a few rules - are simple enough that nearly anyone can play. Solitaire is a simple pleasure that harkens back to a time when the world was less complicated and hurried. Solitaire, whether played the old-fashioned way (by hand) or on the latest computer, is a great stress-reliever and mind exercise, more popular now than ever before.
If you're just getting started with solitaire, check out the collection of solitaire rules, or get one of the many fine solitaire books that feature written rules for dozens or hundreds of solitaire variations.
Of course, the popularity of solitaire really exploded when it became a computer game. Solitaire – first in the form of Klondike (known as "Windows Solitaire"), then FreeCell, Spider, and more – has almost always been a standard game provided with every new computer. Today, there are is solitaire software available for all major desktop and mobile operating systems, many featuring hundreds of individual games, enough to keep you occupied and entertained for many years!
And, as if that wasn't enough, there are also electronic handheld solitaires games (shown below) and online solitaire games that you can play from any computer browser or smartphone.
Commercial Solitaire Games
- Kings In The Corner
In Kings in the Corner, each player has an equal chance to win! Start by playing your cards solitaire fashion with Kings in the corners, and try to extend your turn as long as you can. If you can't make a single play, you must pay the pot. If you're the first to empty your hand, you win the pot plus your opponents' point chips for their un-played cards. The first player to reach 100 points wins the game!
- Solitaire Frenzy
Each player takes one of the six color-coded card decks and when the word "GO!" is yelled, it's every man, woman, and child for themselves. It's Solitaire vs. Solitaire in this exciting, fast-pace card game for the whole family. You play your cards much like Solitaire except you play against your opponents. Play as many cards from your hand as possible before your opponent. Cards in your possession at the end of each round count as points against you. The more cards you place on the game board, the more points you get. The player with most points wins! Game includes folding game board, six decks of color-coded playing cards, scorecards, and instructions.
Electronic Handheld Solitaire Games
- Pagat Patience
Like everything else at John McLeod's excellent "Card Games" site, the section devoted to Patience Games is top-notch, with links both familiar and obscure.
- Solitaire Central
A central resource for solitaire and patience card game enthusists, with solitaire info, a solitaire rulebook, solitaire games to download, and a huge collection of links to Windows solitaires, Macintosh solitaires, PalmOS solitaires, PocketPC solitaires, and Online solitaires.
All solitaire. All the time. Thomas Warfield's site features solitaire information, rules, strategy, links, and programs.