SOLITAIRE GAMES OF SKILL IS A SOFTWARE PROGRAM THAT ALLOWS SOLITAIRE TO BE PLAYED WITH LESS SCANNING OF THE LAYOUT BECAUSE CRITICAL CARDS ARE MARKED WITH COLORED STRIPS.

  1. Cards throughout the layout that can be moved are marked.
  2. Also marked are cards that can be used to uncover facedown cards or create spaces.
  3. Cards that if not separated will cause the game to be lost are also flagged.
  4. In a game like Spider, the player is notified when it might be possible to remove a complete suit sequence.
  5. If you are having trouble finding a card in a complex layout, you can mark the card with yellow.
  6. Based on cards visible to the player, tables list counts of hidden cards by rank and suit or color.



SOLITAIRE GAMES OF SKILL ALLOWS SOLITAIRE TO BE PLAYED WITH UP TO 75% LESS MOUSE MOVEMENT AND MOUSE CLICKS.

  1. Right clicking on the layout anywhere there is not a card will deal cards instead of having to click on the cards themselves.
  2. A card can be sent to a particular point in the layout by simply clicking at that point rather than having to click on the card itself.
  3. For games with rules requiring that cards can only moved one card at a time, sequences of cards can be moved with a single click, if the same movement could be accomplished legally with several clicks using spaces, cells, and intermediate card builds on other columns.
  4. Card columns can be swapped by just dragging one column over the other and letting go the dragged column, if the same result could be accomplished using a series of legal moves.
  5. Clicking once at the top of a column of cards can send the entire column to the foundations.
  6. For games like Canfield and Klondike where cards are dealt three at a time with unlimited redeals, every third hand card is visible at the same time in a column. The other hand cards are hidden below the third hand cards and are not available. Thus the player does not have to click through the deck each time to reach a card or see if a card is available.
  7. If a game becomes unwinnable during the course of play, often the game is stopped even if many more moves are possible. Also if during the course of play, it becomes obvious that the game is won, the game is finished automatically for the player, saving the player from having to make several perfunctory moves to finish the game.



SOLITAIRE GAMES OF SKILL THROWS OUT UNWINNABLE GAMES, ALLOWING MANY GAMES TO HAVE HIGHER THAN NORMAL WIN RATES.

  1. Games that are frustrating to play because of low win rates become fun to play.
  2. Thus Russian Solitaire whose normal win rate is 5% can be won 25% of the time.
  3. Similarly Flower Garden with a 20% win rate can be won 60% of the time.
  4. Chameleon's 2% win rate goes up to 45%.



SOLITAIRE GAMES OF SKILL HAS MANY ORIGINAL GAMES NOT FOUND ELSEWHERE.

  1. Most of these original games have win rates in the 30% to 70% range, not too hard or too easy.
  2. Many original games are more challenging versions of easy games or easier versions of more challenging games.
  3. The game Spider is one dimensional with all the activity going into tableau building. Spider's Lair is a version of Spider with one less tableau column but with two cells appearing after all the cards are dealt. Suit sequences can be moved to the cells.
  4. Checkered Yukon is a hybrid of Spider and Yukon which can be won about half the time partly due to unwinnable games being thrown out and bad card sequences being flagged. The standard Yukon Spider game is notoriously difficult to win.
  5. Phantom FreeCell is a version of FreeCell where about half the cards are facedown providing a tantalizing uncertainty to the game.
  6. Little Kingsford is a version of Klondike where up to 2 queens and 2 kings can be moved to cells during the dealing process making for a more winnable game. In Little Kingsford cards are dealt one at a time with no redeals.
  7. Little Miss Milligan is a one deck version of Miss Milligan which is just as exciting but less exhausting.
  8. Nestor's Room is a version of Nestor which allows cards to be moved to a cell thereby greatly increasing the skill level.



SOLITAIRE GAMES OF SKILL HAS A UNIQUE APPEARANCE.

  1. In part because of the judicious placing of the toolbar in Solitaire Games of Skill, the entire layout of all games is immediately visible to the player. No scrolling is needed to see any of the cards at any time.
  2. Listing humdreds of games alphabetically can be overwhelming to the player. In Solitaire Games of Skill games can be listed by game type. If you like a certain game, this type of listing will make it easy to find similar games.
  3. In either the alphabetical or game type format games can be listed by the number of decks they use, skill level of the game, or the degree of difficulty of the game.
  4. Solitaire is played with large images of luxury cardsets some of whose face cards appear above.





To experience Solitaire Games of Skill, click on the left box below for a free Demo of the Solitaire Games of Skill Collection. The Demo differs from the Regular version of Solitaire Games of Skill in that it has only 5 ways to shuffle a deck of cards while the Regular version has over two billion different shuffles. Thus each game in the Demo has only 5 different layouts. However the Demo shuffles are from 616 to 620 using the Microsoft FreeCell game number system and therefore include the notorious FreeCell game number 617 (see Mike Keller's website). The Demo version has the same number of games as the Regular version. But the Demo version can only be used to play its games up to 40 times while the Regular version of Solitaire Games of Skill has no such limitation.

You might also want to try the Solitaire Games of Skill Sampler. The Sampler consists of 20 solitaire games taken from the 750 games of the Solitaire Games of Skill collection. Each game of the Sampler comes from a different major type of solitaire and all of the games are original games not found elsewhere. The Sampler has as many shuffles as the Solitaire Games of Skill Collection unlike the Demo. More details on the Sampler are available on the Freebie page of this website. If after playing the Demo and/or Sampler you find you want to purchase the product, click on the right box below. If your operating system is Windows XP Home Edition or a version of Windows that is earlier than XP, these products require the .Net Framework 1.1 which can be downloaded using the following link: Download .Net Framework 1.1

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