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One of the world’s most popular Solitaire games, Freecell is a remarkable combination of strategy and simplicity.  Nearly all games can be solved, but with only four open cells (and only ten minutes on the timer), can you beat the clock and win the game?




There are three areas on the game board: the cells (upper left), the foundations (upper right), and the cascades.  Click and drag a card (or a sequential stack of cards) to move it.




To win the game, you must move all the cards, by suit, into the foundation, starting with the Aces. Cards can be moved within the cascades, if they are placed on an opposite-color card one value higher (as in, a red four on a black five).




Any card can also be moved to an empty cascade spot, or to an empty cell. Sequential stacks of cards can be moved from one cascade to another, but only if there are enough free cells and/or cascade slots for each card in the stack!






  Tips & Tricks




·          At the start of each game, take a moment to look over the layout and locate all the aces.  You can’t start moving cards off the board until you place an ace in the foundation area, so if one is easily accessible; make that your top priority.




·          Try to keep at least one top cell open at all times.  The more cells that remain open after a sequence of moves, the easier your next sequence will be.




·          Aces located near the top of a cascade are tricky to free, but don’t focus so much on digging one out that you leave your cells blocked afterwards!




·          Unlike Klondike, Freecell cascades don’t have to start with a King.  If you have an empty cascade slot, and you can easily move a large sequence of cards into it, just drop in the largest one and start building down.