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The objective in Pyramid Solitaire is to remove all cards in the pyramid by pairing cards that add up to 13.
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.
If you are still unsure about which moves are allowed, follow the in-game tutorial.
Pyramid Solitaire Ancient Egypt has several scoring rules which reward quick play and good strategy. Complete different rounds after each other to improve your score.
Note that using the undo button does not impact your score.
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.
There are many different versions of Pyramid Solitaire. Variations allow to reset the stock and/ or they only have 1 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.
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. Image a deal with an Ace on the lowest row of the pyramid and all 4 Queens in the higher rows, blocked by this 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.