A mysterious force trapped all the fairies from the land of Avalon, upsetting the balance of good and evil. A hero rises to the occasion to save all the magical creatures and restore nature's equilibrium.
Faerie Solitaire is an implementation of the classic card game with some gameplay variations and a fantasy theme. The objective is to draw a card from the deck at the bottom, and click on other cards that have numbers one unit higher or lower than it, organized on several stacks occupying most of the screen, to make them disappear. Their suit is irrelevant, and clicking on cards in sequence initiates a combo bonus. Each card removed gives money and starts to fill an energy meter at the top. When no card can be clicked, the player has to draw a new one from the deck. Each level ends when the deck is all spent or, in an ideal move that the game calls "Perfect", all the stacks have been cleared.
The top meter builds up the energy necessary to finish the level and later release one of the fairies from its prison. All the levels have certain goals to be accomplished, like completing it within a specific time limit, collecting a set amount of money and making combos of a certain number of cards.
Some cards have special proprieties. Thorn cards are locked facing down, and can only be turned upwards after all the rose cards are removed, with these usually buried beneath the stacks. The ice wall cards are similar but can only be unlocked by the fire cards. They act like power-ups throwing balls of fire towards the locked cards after being clicked.
The money can be spent on upgrades at the separate Faerie Land screen. The Tree of Life decreases 25% of the face down cards on each stack. The Hourglass makes the active pet grow more quickly. The Wishing Well gives 5% more gold for each level. The Magic Clock shows how many cards are left in the deck. The Flower Garden and Obelisk give one extra undo move. The Fae Grass fills the meter a bit. The Aura Ring stores useless drawn cards as energy, destroying the top card of a stack when fully charged. The Orb of Fortune shows the next card in the deck, when the cursor is hovering over it.
Eggs and various resources can be found behind some stacks and collected to be used later. The eggs can be tended in the hatchery, where they give birth to the game's pets. The pets have to be nurtured, consuming a number of resources to grow and reveal a secret. Besides the main Adventure, there are two extra modes: Quickplay, where previously completed levels can be replayed, and Challenge, where the obligatory level goals are much harder.