How to play penguin solitaire

Penguin Solitaire is a captivating solitaire game that will keep you entertained for a long time. It is based on the freecell solitaire, but with some differences that make it very interesting.

Differences between Freecell and Penguin Solitaire …

Before we get into the details of how to play penguin solitaire, here’s a quick rundown on the differences between freecell and penguin …

  • In the lonely penguin, the blank columns can only be filled with a certain card. In freecell, they can be filled with anything.
  • The sequences are constructed in free cell in descending alternating colors. The penguin sequences are built in the same descending suit
  • Penguin solitaire allows you to move sequences of any length (as long as they are of the same suit). Freecell solitaire allows you to move sequences according to the number of empty columns and free cells available.
  • The Freecell solitaire moves the cards to the base starting from Ace. The base range in solitary penguin can be any range.
  • The Penguin solitaire has 7 free cells, while the standard solitaire uses 4.

Lonely penguin …

When the game starts, 3 cards are dealt directly to the foundation. They all have the same rank (not necessarily an Ace). The remaining base card will always be on top of the first pile.

There are 7 piles, each with 7 cards face up. There are 8 free cells, all empty.

Playing penguin solitaire …

Cards are played to the bottom and wrapped through the King.

So, for example, if the base rank is a 6, then the cards will be played up to the base in the following order:

7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K, A, 2, 3, 4, 5

The cards in the tableau are built in descending rank, with the same suit. Multiple cards can be moved in sequence at once. (Unlike Freecell solitaire, the sequence length is not based on the number of empty free cells and columns)

An empty column can only be filled with card 1 less than the base rank. So if the base range is a 6, only a 5 can be put into an empty column. If the base rank is Ace, only one King can be used.

Lonely Penguin Strategy …

Penguin solitaire is generally easier than freecell solitaire, but occasionally there are deals that are very difficult to play.

These offers require extra special attention, and the following points are worth thinking about …

  • You should play any cards to the foundation, as soon as you can. If a card can be moved to the base, there is no point holding onto it, as there is no strategic advantage to doing so.
  • Carefully consider playing at first. Sometimes the first column is worth emptying, and sometimes not.
  • Don’t move a card just because it can be moved. Sometimes it is better NOT to form a sequence, so there are fewer cards to move later.
  • Try to keep as many free cells empty as possible.