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Our version of pyramid solitaire with an enticing, classic style and a smooth game play.

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Pyramid Solitaire

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Pyramid Solitaire game info

How to play Pyramid Solitaire

Table of contents

Goal

In our classic version of Pyramid Solitaire you must try to win as many rounds as you can by getting rid of all the cards in the layout in the top half of the screen. Cards are removed by selecting pairs that when added up come to 13.

Setting up Pyramid Solitaire

Pyramid Solitaire is played with a deck of 52 cards (with no jokers). You must deal a pyramid that is seven cards high that descends to be seven cards wide. A total of 28 cards are dealt to this pyramid, all face up. With the remaining 24 cards you can start the game with three cards turned over in separate columns.

Classic vs modern rules

There are two types of pyramid solitaire, Classic and Modern. They both share the majority of rules, but the modern game (the one we have on our website) is easier and considered by many to be much more fun! The idea of the game is to remove all the cards from the pyramid, although some purists may argue that all cards including the cards you can deal for yourself should be removed. We consider that a solitaire folly, but what the hey, play which ever version floats your boat!

Shared rules

At this point the rules of games diverge.

Classic rules

Modern rules

Allowable moves

All numbered cards have their face value. As you might expect Jacks have a value of 11, Queens = 12, Kings = 13 (and can be removed on their own) and Aces = 1. Removable pairs include Queen and Ace, Jack and 2, 10 and 3, and so on.

The Temp Card Store in the bottom left of the game screen can hold one card. Use this area to open up cards further back in the pyramid. Simply select the card you want to move and then select the Temp Card Store to activate it.

The undo button will undo any single move that you are unhappy with.

Scoring

You score more points when you play a whole round well and for matching pairs. Each pair of cards matched together is worth 500 points. When you complete a round there are several score bonuses you can pick up!

You can get an additional time bonus that ticks down while you play, a bonus for removing all the pyramid itself, a bonus for removing all the cards including the deck cards, and finally a bonus for how many rounds you have completed so far.

Strategy (How to win Pyramid Solitaire)

We all want to be winners, so let's see what tips and tricks will let you do that in Pyramid Solitaire!

If you don’t target the score bonus for removing all deck cards, then removing cards in the pyramid is almost always preferable. But if you are playing to remove every single card, including the deck cards, it is often necessary to take the effort to split the removal of cards from the lower 3 card deal, while looking at the pyramid to avoid the blocking conditions mentioned previously.

History

There is no factual information about when Pyramid Solitaire was first invented, but it might have been as early as the 18th century. The game gained in popularity by being included in the Microsoft Entertainment Pack in 1990, although under a different name (Tut's Tomb). This name was a reference to the tomb of the famous Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun.

Variants

FAQ

How do you play Pyramid Solitaire? Remove cards in the pyramid by pairing cards of which the ranks add up to 13. If you get stuck, turn the stock to reveal new cards. The game is won when all cards in the pyramid are removed.

How to win Pyramid Solitaire? You can increase your chances of winning at Pyramid Solitaire by following some strategy rules. Look at the pyramid before playing and plan your moves ahead. Always remove Kings immediately. If you have the choice, play cards in the middle of the pyramid and keep the pyramid balanced in height. Try to remember which cards have been played. Use the undo button and temporary card storage to your advantage.

What is an Ace worth in pyramid solitaire? An Ace is worth 1 in pyramid solitaire. To remove an Ace, you need to pair it with a Queen, which is worth 12. A Jack is worth 11 and has to be paired with a Two.

Is every game of Pyramid Solitaire winnable? No, not every game of Pyramid Solitaire is winnable. The easiest way to prove this is to give an example of an unwinnable deal. Imagine a deal with an Ace on the lowest row of the pyramid and all four Queens in the higher rows, blocked by this Ace. There is no way to remove this Ace, so the deal is not solvable.

Can I switch off hints? Yes, you can switch off hints. Go to the options menu via the main menu or via the pause menu and uncheck Auto hint.

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