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There are multiple specific terms that are used in texts about solitaire, such as stock, waste pile, tableau, foundations and more. We have definitions for the most common terms on our solitaire terminology page.
Solitaire game types and families
Over 500 different solitaire variants exist. These are of course all played with one or multiple decks of playing cards, but there are also other commonalities between certain games.
There are different solitaire game types, depending on whether all cards are visible at the start or not (closed games, half-open games, open games). The type of gameplay can also be used to classify solitaire games (builders, packers, non-builders). Our page with solitaire types and families classifies the most common solitaire games according to their type and family.
Well-known solitaire games
We all know the classic solitaire variant, officially known as Klondike Solitaire, in which you build cards on the tableau according to alternate colors. Other well-known games are Spider Solitaire, FreeCell, Pyramid Solitaire, Golf Solitaire, Tri Peaks and Forty Thieves.
Solitaire is one of the most popular card games, but do you also know its history? Solitaire has been around since the 18th century, when it first appeared in a written text. In English society, solitaire gained popularity thanks to a book called Illustrated Games of Patience, written by Lady Adelaide Cadogan. Make sure to read David Parlett's extensive article on the history of solitaire for more info.
Winning at solitaire depends as much on skill as it depends on luck. That's why we created an overview of the most common strategies to increase your win chances when playing solitaire. For example, where should you move cards when you have multiple options? Read more on our solitaire strategy page to win your next game of solitaire.
Benefits of playing solitaire
Solitaire games are not only fun to play, they also entail various benefits, both for the cognitive function as well as for mental wellbeing. Interested in learning more about why it is good to play solitaire games? Check out our benefits page.
About Solitaire Paradise
Here we pride ourselves on creating, finding and distributing solitaire games, card games, and puzzle games. All our games are completely free to play and don't require any download. Games made by the former owner of Solitaire Paradise (Glowing Eye Games) are among many of the most popular games on this site. Glowing Eye Games started creating these games in 2009 because they felt that card games in general often lacked the professional touch that could make them more interesting and fun. They have taken a great deal of effort to create exciting themes, settings, and rule updates for each type of solitaire game that they have found.
We have worked hard to create a website that you can trust, where you can relax and enjoy yourself for a few minutes, or more. If you like the website, we'd really appreciate it if you could spread the word to help others to find these relaxing games.
We also regularly search the internet for popular games made by other developers. We hope you enjoy playing all these card games as much we have enjoyed making them, finding them, and playing them ourselves!