Rules for FreeCell


Similar games in Solitaire Plus include Baker's Game and Eight Off.




  • A tableau of all 52 cards contained in 8 piles spread downward.
  • Four free cells present at the upper left of the tableau. Free cells may contain only one card at a time.


  • Move the top card of the tableau piles or free cells to the foundations or other tableau piles.
  • On the tableau, build down in value and alternating suit color.
  • Only one card at a time may be moved unless there are unoccupied free cells.
  • Additional cards may be dragged from the tableau for each free cell that is unoccupied as long as the pile is built down in value and alternating suit color.
  • Fill any space with cards from the tableau or an occupied free cell.


  • Move the four Aces to the row above and to the right of the tableau as they are made available.
  • Build the foundations in ascending suit sequence from Ace to King.

To Win

  • Move all the cards to the foundations.


Tips: Keep free cells unoccupied as much as possible. Try to clear tableau piles where possible, since each cleared pile can act as another free cell.


Specific Shortcuts: Double-clicking a card with the left mouse, single-clicking with the key pressed, or clicking with the right mouse button (if you have a multi-button mouse) will move it to the foundation if possible. Otherwise, the card will move to an unoccupied free cell.


Scoring: One point for each card moved to a foundation. Maximum score is 52.


Chance of Winning: The vast majority of games are winnable.