Penguin Solitaire is a solitaire card game, invented by David Parlett. The gameplay is just like the other solitaire card games as Freecell Solitaire and Eight Off Solitaire.

The objective of the game is to build the foundations up in the suit up to the card that is a rank lower than the beak. For example, if the beak is a four, the last card of each foundation should be a three.

Cards Layout

It uses 52 cards. 49 cards are placed into 7 tableau piles with 7 cards in each pile. Seven cells are placed above the tableau piles. Four foundation piles are placed to the right of tableaus. The first card placed to the first tableau pile is the Penguin“.

This will be the starter card of the foundation. The three other cards of the same rank are moved to the foundation piles during the deal.


The cards which are present at the top of tableau piles and cards from cells are available to play. You have to build tableau piles down in suit. One card or group of cards in the proper sequence can be moved from pile to pile. The first card dealt is called the “beak”.

When one of the tableaus is empty it may be filled only by a card one rank below the starter card. The card which is present at the top tableau pile can also be moved to any cell. Each cell may contain only one card. If possible, cards in the cells can be moved to the foundation piles or back to the tableau piles.

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