- Seahaven Towers
Seahaven Towers game info
Move all cards to the 4 foundation piles up in suit from A to K in this variant of FreeCell. The 4 free cells can hold any card. You can build cards down by suit on the tableau. You can also move multiple cards already in sequence. Empty spaces can be filled with any card or a sequence.
- Family: FreeCell Type Games
- Decks: One deck (52 cards)
- Game time: Medium
- Chance of winning: High
- Also known as: Sea Towers, Sea Tower Solitaire, Tours du Alice
The goal of Seahaven Towers is to move all the cards from the tableau to the foundations.
Layout & deal
Seahaven Towers is played with one deck (52 cards). The tableau has ten piles that are each dealt five face-up cards. The remaining two cards are placed in the middle two of the four cells. The four foundation piles are empty at the start.
- Tableau piles are built in-suit and down by rank.
- Sequences which are correctly ordered can be moved together, depending on the amount of empty cells: 1 + number of empty free cells.
- Only Kings (or sequences starting with a King) can be moved to an empty tableau pile.
- Cells can contain only 1 card.
- Foundations are built up in-suit (from Ace to King).
- Create empty column: Try to create an empty column in the tableau and place a King there. A King in the tableau, plus any cards played in descending sequence on top of it, will be almost as good as playing cards to the foundations, because such an arrangement will usually not block any other moves. The one exception to this is when playing a different King to an empty tableau pile would be a better choice.
- Reverse sequences: Try to avoid building up sequences that trap lower-valued cards of the same suit. For example, suppose you have a Two of Hearts which is lying beneath an Eight of Hearts. If you build a sequence of Eight through Three of Hearts, six cards total, you will have trapped the Two of Hearts. This occurs because you'll need to move all six cards, the Three through Eight of Hearts, away from the Two of Hearts before it will play, but there is no place for them to go. The most you can place in towers is four, which would leave you with the Seven and Eight of Hearts still to move. But the only place for the Seven to go is on the Eight, which is where it already is, because all of the empty towers are now full. And there's no way to play it to its foundation until the Two of Hearts is played, so you're stuck and you'll have to use Undo.
- The original name given to the solitaire game was Tours du Alice, while Seahaven Towers was just the application that allowed people to play the game. Now the game is mostly known as Seahaven Towers.
- Instead of cells, Art Cabral refers to the free cells as towers. This also explains the origin of the name.
- Seahaven Towers was created by Art Cabral in 1988. It was released for the Macintosh as a shareware application, and was later also released on Mac OS X (2002) and Windows (2003).