Klondike is a single-player card game. It is the best-known and most popular form of the patience or solitaire family, despite having one of the lowest success rates of any such game. Playing this game means you are experiencing one of the most basic versions of the traditional patience game. The goal of the game is to sort all of the cards into the four suits of the deck (diamonds, clubs, hearts, and spades), in ascending order from ace to king.
Besides, it has generated a slew of variants, including Batsford, Easthaven, King Albert, Thumb and Pouch, Somerset or Usk, and Whitehead, as well as the American versions, Agnes and Westcliff. The triangular layout of the tableau, which builds in ascending order and packs in descending order, is a defining element of all versions.
How to play Klondike?
Klondike is a card online game played using a conventional 52-card deck and doesn't have Jokers. After shuffling, a tableau of seven fanned stacks of cards is set from left to right. Each pile has one more card than the one before it and is sorted from left to right.
The first and left-most pile contains one upturned card, the second pile contains two, the third pile contains three, etc until the seventh pile contains seven cards. Each pile's highest card is turned face up. The remaining cards are placed facedown in the upper left corner of the layout as the stock.
The tableau piles can be built down by alternate colors, and the four foundations are built up by suit from Ace (low in this game) to King. Any face-up card in a partial or full tableau pile can be moved to another tableau pile as a unit based on its highest card. In particular, a King can be placed in any vacant heap or stack of cards. The object of the game is for the player to build four stacks of cards, all of the same suit, starting with Ace and ending with King, on one of the four foundations, at which time they will have won.
The rest of the deck can be dealt from the stock to the garbage in a number of ways, including:
- Three cards are discarded at once, with no limit to the number of times the deck can be passed through.
- With three passes through the deck, three cards are sent to the garbage all at once.
- With three passes through the deck, one card is turned to the rubbish at a time.
- With only one run through the deck, one card is discarded at a time. And if possible, let’s play it.
- One card at a time is discarded, with no limit to how many times the deck can be passed through.
The game is deemed lost if the player is unable to make any meaningful moves. So, in fact, it's quite difficult to win.