- Pyramid Solitaire Ancient Egypt
Pyramid Solitaire game info
- Family: Adding & Pairing Solitaire Games
- Decks: One deck (52 cards)
- Game time: Short
- Chance of winning: Medium
The objective in Pyramid Solitaire is to remove all cards in the pyramid by pairing cards that add up to 13.
Layout & deal
First, 28 cards are dealt face-up in the shape of a pyramid, with the cards partially overlapping. The remaining cards are put face-down in the stock.
- Pair cards that add up to 13. Pairing is done by first clicking on the first card and then on the second card. Only cards that are open, i.e. don’t have another card on top of them, can be paired. It doesn’t matter where the cards are, you can pair cards that are in the pyramid, in the waste or in the temporary card storage.
- Aces count as 1, Jacks as 11 and Queens as 12. The valid pairs are: Ace & Queen, Two & Jack, Three & Ten, Four & Nine, Five & Eight, Four & Nine.
- Kings count as 13 and can be removed by simply clicking on them.
- Flip the stock to reveal three additional cards that will be added to the three waste piles. Note that resetting the stock is not possible. You can only loop through it once.
- Move an open card from the pyramid or the waste to the temporary card storage in the bottom left.
- Undo a move by clicking the undo button in the bottom right corner. Note that you can only go back one move.
If you are still unsure about which moves are allowed, follow the in-game tutorial.
Pyramid Solitaire Ancient Egypt has several scoring rules that reward quick play and good strategy. Complete different rounds after each other to improve your score.
- Removal of a pair of cards or a King: 500 points
- Completion of a round: 10,000 points
- (Bonus) Removal of all cards, so not only the pyramid but also the cards in the stock & waste: 15,000 points
- (Bonus) Time bonus shown in the top left corner: counts down from 20,000 points to 0 while playing
- (Bonus) Incremental round number bonus: round number * 1,000 points
Note that using the undo button does not impact your score.
There are many different versions of Pyramid Solitaire. Variations allow to reset the stock and/or they only have one waste pile. There are no official or right rules for Pyramid Solitaire, but we prefer the rules we used for our implementation because they are a good combination of skill and luck.
Pyramid Solitaire was used as inspiration for Giza Solitaire. If you like playing Pyramid Solitaire Ancient Egypt, you can also have a look at TriPeaks Solitaire, which is also in the Adding & Pairing solitaire games category.