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Microsoft Solitaire Windows Good Old Windows Solitaire


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Oft described as the most popular computer game ever. It was developed by an intern at Microsoft in 1988. It has 3 modes of play and a small selection of card images. It's come with every version of windows since 3.0.

The goal of the game is to sort the deck in to 4 sequential stacks of suits. (clubs, diamonds, spades and hearts.) You flip 1 to 3 cards from a deck and place them in alternating color sequential order. The table has a selection of 10 stacks of cards that you can flip from as well. The 10 stacks serve as your holders for alternating color sequential rows. The 4 suits are started with an ace and are added to as the game progresses.


Microsoft Solitaire Windows 3.x New cardback patterns! (EGA)
Microsoft Solitaire Windows 3.x Game options (EGA)
Microsoft Solitaire Windows 3.x After playing for a while (EGA).
Microsoft Solitaire Windows 3.x Did you just see the sun... it... aw, I've been playing this for too long, I'm imagining things! (EGA)

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Alternate Titles

  • "Microsoft Solitär" -- German title
  • "Microsoft Pasjans" -- Polish title
  • "Microsoft Paciência" -- Brazilian title

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User Reviews

Distracting but not very fulfilling. Windows Scott Monster (1009)

Critic Reviews

Softpedia Windows 3.x Dec 29, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Softpedia Windows Dec 29, 2005 8 out of 10 80


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Originally, there was a "boss-key" which when pressed would display some random .C code, but Microsoft removed that before shipping.


Wes Cherry developed the original in 1981 when he was an intern for Microsoft. His supervisor was so impressed with Cherry's efforts that they included solitaire in Windows 3.0.


This form of solitaire is commonly called Klondike, though it is also known as Canfield, Chinaman, Demon, Fascination, or Small Triangle. Klondike is one of the harder solitaire games to win at but the option to draw the cards singly rather than three at a time improves your odds greatly.

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