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Tabletop Game / Solitaire

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"For over twenty years, a video game has tormented mums, dads and office workers the world over. And it has nothing to do with orcs, racecars or terrorists. It’s about cards. That game is Windows Solitaire, which from Windows 3.0 through to the Windows 10 of today has been (excluding a short break with Windows 8) included free with every copy of Microsoft’s operating system."

Solitaire is a type of card game that is designed to be played by a single player. By far the most recognizable variants of these are "klondike" solitaire (which most players simply call "solitaire") and "Freecell", due to their bundling with Microsoft Windows operating systems.

The Other Wiki has a list of many of the variants.

Tropes common to solitaire card games:

  • Call-Back: Microsoft Solitaire Collection has an animation for completing a game in Klondike that references the bouncing animation from the pre-Vista versions.
  • Casual Video Game: This game is pretty popular for casual gamers who just want a quick way to kill some time or entertain themselves. It's easy to learn, too.
  • Do Well, but Not Perfect: In at least the XP version of the Spider Solitaire, it's entirely possible to be able to clear out a lot of cards early into the game if you're lucky. However, if you take it too far, you might end up having an almost completely clear table and not to be able to progress, since the game requires at least one card to be present in each slot in order to deal out more. AND, if you manage to avoid that pitfall, then you also shouldn't get cocky and have the game deal out all remaining cards onto the table, even if the ones on the table are all already uncovered - since you might find yourself in a situation where you have no available moves and no ability to undo it.
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  • Dummied Out: In the XP version, text reveals that using .bmp files for backgrounds was possible. This got added in Windows 8's Solitaire Collection, and you can also add effects, card styles, and card images.
  • Easter Egg:
    • Pressing Shift+Alt+2 in the pre-Vista versions is an instant win.
    • The Robot, Dark Tower, Beach, and Dealer decks all have animations on the backs if you play a timed game.
    • The Vista and 7 versions are fully compatible with Xbox 360 controllers, a feature that isn't described anywhere in help files.
  • Game Mod: You can create themes in Windows 8's solitaire collection without modding into the files, allowing for easy customization.
    • Mike's Cards allows users to modify existing single- or double-deck games through an intuitive interface, as well as importing custom graphic and sound files.
  • Luck-Based Mission: Many deals in klondike solitaire (between 8.5% and 18%) can't be solved to completion. There's no way to tell in advance whether the Random Number God has spit one of these out at you.
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  • Nintendo Hard: Surprisingly for a sedate little card game that comes with most people's computers.
  • Solo Tabletop Game: The most well known example, though ironically because of the computer version. All one needs is a deck of cards, knowledge of the rules, and themselves to play.
  • Unwinnable by Mistake: If you make a mistake early in the game without any way of knowing that it was the wrong thing to do, you can keep yourself from winning. The only reason why this is not "by design" is due to the randomness of the draw.
  • Unwinnable by Design:
    • In the "Vegas Score" Klondike variation, you bet $52, and reclaim $5 per card. In that ruleset, the odds are designed in favor of the house, as they should in gambling houses. The good news for the computer version is that the dollars are actually the game's version of points, so it's not like you'd have to turn over your credit card every time you turn on your computer.


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