Solitaire King: Beleagured Castle (Windows 3.x)

Solitaire King: Beleagured Castle Windows 3.x The game's title screen follows the freeware notice


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Solitaire King: Beleaguered Castle is a single player card game, in this game the player is estimated to have a one in four chance of success.

This title was of a number of freeware games that the developer released to promote interest in the full product, Solitaire King which had thirty-one different games and over eighty variations thereof.

The game is played with a standard deck of fifty-two cards and the object is to arrive arrange all four suits in an ascending sequence. The game starts with the four aces being arranged in the centre of the game area, the remaining forty-eight cards are made into eight groups of six cards and are placed with one group on either side of each of the four aces. All cards are placed face up, overlapped and exposed within groups. Cards are moved one at a time. Any card can be moved onto the pile in the centre as long as it is of the same suit as the original ace and it follows in sequence. Likewise any card can be moved onto another row if, regardless of suit, the card it is moved onto is one higher in sequence - so a ten can be moved onto a jack and later a nine can be moved onto the ten etc.

The game contains two variations. In Street and Alley the aces are not placed in the centre when the game starts. The player deals the full deck in four rows of seven and four rows of six and an ace is only moved to the centre as it is released. The other variation is Citadel, here the aces are shuffled into the body of the deck but as they are encountered in the deal they are placed in the centre as are any subsequent cards that can be placed on them. So in this variation if the Ace of Hearts was discovered early on in the deal then when the Two of Hearts is dealt it would be placed on the ace immediately followed, if possible, by the Three and Four etc should they be discovered in sequence.

The game has save/load and undo/redo functions but has no sound and no statistics are kept. It is played entirely with the mouse


Solitaire King: Beleagured Castle Windows 3.x The option to switch between the game variants is accessed via the menu bar
Solitaire King: Beleagured Castle Windows 3.x The start of a 'Street and Alley' game.
The Ace of Clubs was free and has been moved to a foundation. The other aces remain trapped
Solitaire King: Beleagured Castle Windows 3.x The game has a help file that is accessed via the menu bar. It opens in a new window
Solitaire King: Beleagured Castle Windows 3.x A nice clear freeware notice is displayed at the start of the game

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piltdown_man (150045) added Solitaire King: Beleagured Castle (Windows 3.x) on Aug 25, 2014