Cruel Solitaire is a type of Solitaire card game. It is a very interesting and addictive card game. Cruel Solitaire was published by Microsoft in 1990 as part of the Microsoft Entertainment Pack for Windows 3.0. Cruel Solitaire has since been remade for other platforms by several vendors.

The main objective of this game is to place all the cards on the foundation piles, ordered from ace to king, using an unlimited number of moves.

[Source: BVS Solitaire Collection]

Cards Layout

This game uses 52 cards. Aces are removed from the deck to build 4 foundations. The whole deck is dealt face up into 12 piles with 4 cards in each pile.


Cards which are found on the top tableau piles are available to play. You may build tableau piles down in suit. Only one card may be moved at a time. If you move all cards from a tableau pile it cannot be resumed.

When all the moves which are initially available to you have been made, click on the empty stock pile to restack the cards. During the process of restacking all the cards which are remaining are first gathered together and dealt out onto the tableaus with 4 cards in each. Gathering and restacking don’t change the order of the cards in the piles.

If no moves are made, restacking reproduces the last deal. The process of restacking goes on until either all cards are built upon foundations, or there are no more moves possible.

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