Play FreeCell Solitaire Online for Free, October 2022.
Ever since being bundled with the other Solitaire games in Microsoft’s free Solitaire Collection, FreeCell has been one of the most popular and fun solitaire games available. Thanks to being a very skill and strategy-dependent game that rewards you for making the right decisions, you can quickly end up playing round after round.
The game is played using a standard 52-card deck with no wildcards, similarly to Klondike Solitaire, where you also use a standard 52-card deck. The cards are split into a tableau with 8 columns, in which the four columns on the left contain 7 cards each and the four columns on the right contain 6 cards each. You have four FreeCells you can use to move cards to.
The objective of FreeCell Solitaire is to build four HomeCells up in ascending order from Ace to King with each HomeCell having the cards from an identical suit. What’s really fun about FreeCell and what differentiates it from most other solitaire games is there being very few unsolvable deals. The game rewards you for improving and thinking ahead about how you’ll move your cards.
In FreeCell the gameboard is divided into three sections you can move cards in:
• The Tableau – The 52 cards are dealt into 8 tableau columns in random order. The four cells to the left have 7 cards in each column, whilst the four cells to the right have 6 cards in each column;
• The FreeCells – Only one card at a time may be moved into a FreeCell, the top card of a column. You can also move cards between FreeCells if you want to;
• The HomeCells – The end goal of the game is to build for HomeCells up in ascending order with cards from an identical suit. Only Aces can be moved into an empty HomeCell (Foundation) to start it off and afterwards only the next higher card in the sequence can be placed into the same suit, e.g., If you have an Ace of Hearts in one of your HomeCells, you can only place a Deuce of Hearts on top of it.
How to Play – Learn The Rules of FreeCell
Once you start the game, you’re presented with 8 columns that you can begin moving cards from. Only the topmost cards from each Tableau can be moved once you start the game and the goal is to transfer all of your Aces to the HomeCells so that you can start building up your Foundation.
There’s two ways in which you can move cards. If you click on a card from a column, it’ll automatically be moved into an available cell. The game prioritizes moving the cards into HomeCells – if none are available it’ll move the card into another column if possible, and if that’s not possible, it’ll move the card into an available FreeCell.
You can also drag cards, if you want to place them in a specific spot in one move. Cards will also automatically be moved to your HomeCells if they’re the next card in the ascending order in their color’s cell. If you didn’t want to move that card yet, you can press the undo button to rewind the automatic move.
Doesn’t sound too bad, right? There’s only a few rules you should keep in mind.
You can move a sequence of cards
Although the rules of FreeCell permit you to only move one card a time, you can use the FreeCells to move an entire sequence of cards from one column to another by moving the cards one by one. In our version of the game you’re allowed to move an entire sequence at the same time as long as there’s enough empty cells available (equal to the sequence of cards + 1, so if you have a sequence of 4 cards you want to move, you need 5 empty cells available).
If you have free columns available, the sequence of cards you can move can go even higher than 5, allowing for even bigger supermoves!
Cards can only be moved to columns in descending order and in alternating colors
When trying to create a card sequence it’s important to remember that you can only go in descending order and in alternating colors, similarly to games like Klondike. To use an example of this, if you have an Q you can only move it on top of a K or K . Empty spaces on the Tableau don’t have any limitations and you can put any card in them. They’re also very valuable spaces similarly to FreeCells, so try to strategize how you’re going to use them.
Remember the Card ranking
Similarly to other solitaire games, remembering the card ranks is very important so that you can plan your moves ahead. Cards rank A 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K when piling them in a HomeCell as that’s the ascending order, but you have to remember than in FreeCell columns, you can only make a sequence in descending order – K Q J 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 A (although you won’t be using Aces for sequences at any point).
How to Win FreeCell Solitaire
Unlike games like Tetris, where it’s very important to make your move as fast as possible, FreeCell isn’t about how fast you are. Whilst there is a timer, it’s irrelevant. What gives you the highest score is winning the game in as few moves as possible, not how fast you make the moves.
Keeping that in mind, it’s much more of a strategic game, as you get rewarded for planning ahead. A similar game to it would be Mahjong, where tactics and observation skills are your most valuable asset. The only condition for winning in FreeCell Solitaire is building all 4 HomeCells up. To build the HomeCells you need to start the Foundation with an Ace and then keep adding cards in an ascending order from an identical suit. The only way to lose is if you have no moves available.
Clever FreeCell Strategy & Tips
FreeCell is a fantastic way to spend your time as it’s very addictive and tests your logic. The game is heavily based on skill and planning rather than luck, so we’ll give you a few tips to turn you into a real pro.
Make it a priority to free up all the Aces and Deuces
Freeing up all your Aces and Deuces should be your main goal at the start of the game, especially if they’re buried deep in a column, as you need to start off your HomeCells as soon as possible. Identify where all the A and 2’s are in your columns and form a strategy to get them into the Foundation, whilst keeping as many options open as possible.
Try to keep as many FreeCells empty as possible
Although FreeCells are there to be used and to help you move cards around, you should really be cautious with how you use them! Once you fill all 4 of your FreeCells, you’ll have almost zero space to maneuver. Always check if you have columns in which you can start creating a descending sequence and only use FreeCells when necessary.
Try to create an empty column as soon as possible
The only cells more important than FreeCells are empty columns, as they don’t have a limit of placing only one card in them. Instead you can use each empty column to build a sequence of cards that you can move from one column to another – the more free cells available on the gameboard, the bigger sequence you can move.
When possible, fill an empty column with a descending sequence, starting with a King
Starting off an empty column with a K means you give yourself a lot of space to think ahead and to free up more cells as the game progresses. If not with a King, always aim to start off your columns with the highest cards in the ranking (K, Q, J).
The Undo button is your friend
The online version of FreeCell has an unlimited Undo button you can use to rewind your moves without any penalty. You can go back as many moves as you want with the only condition being that the amount of moves you’ve made will still be added to your final score.
This lets you try different strategies and progress the game in the best possible way – for example if you’re not happy with moving a card to a certain column, you can undo that move and move it to a FreeCell.
Is FreeCell free to play?
It is! The online version of FreeCell solitaire is entirely free to play on our website and you don’t need to register an account, nor download the game to play it.
Are there points in FreeCell Solitaire?
The game features no points system, instead it calculates the amount of moves you’ve made. If your aim is to get the best possible score, then you should be aiming to finish the game in as few moves as you can!
How do I know I’ve ran out of moves?
If you have no available FreeCells, no free columns, there’s no sequence you can start and there’s no cards that you can add to the HomeCells, the game will automatically tell you it’s “Game Over”.