Have you ever tried Solitaire card games? Well, I bet you have since this type of game has been available in the computer for more than 25 years and at least one time, most of us once tried this game.
Here are some of the most interesting facts about these games that are sure to surprise you a lot.
1. Solitaire was developed in 1989 by … an intern?
Wes Cherry adapted the popular card game for Microsoft during his internship with the company. The game was included in Windows 3.0, which made its debut in 1990. It’s safe to say that any ’90s kid knows the familiar sight of the rounded, glass screen of the early Windows PCs, accompanied by the call of the glowing green game that could occupy hours of time.
Microsoft Solitaire was a way to get people relaxed and excited about using the computer at home – and look where we are now! (Bonus fact: Solitaire has been pre-installed on every Windows operating system since Windows 3.0 – except Windows 8!)
2. There are five main variations of Solitaire: Klondike, FreeCell, Spider, TriPeaks and Pyramid.
And that’s not all! There are many variations of these Solitaire games, all customizable based on how many decks and suits you play with, how many cards are dealt from the top left deck and how the cards are arranged. In short? You can get bored of regular old Solitaire, but you will never run out of ways to make it more interesting.
3. The highest score you can earn in the standard version of Microsoft Solitaire is 24,113.
You get 10 points for each card added to an aces pile (aka “home stack”) and five points for each time you move a card from the deck to a column (correctly). There is a time bonus for games that last longer than 30 seconds (faster ones are not considered for scoring) based on the formula: 700,000 divided by the total time (in seconds) it took you to finish.
4. Winning is more likely than you think.
Many tech-savvy people have made it their mission to analyze the game of Solitaire. According to Usman Latif of TechUser.net, 1 in 400 Solitaire games are unsolvable.
5. It’s not all luck – you really can increase your chance of winning.
By keeping the runs (that vertical line of visible cards) evenly distributed instead of focusing on completing one at a time, it enables you to make more moves elsewhere and can improve time dramatically. Focus on unlocking the face-down cards so you know what you’re working with, instead of moving cards just because you can. Finally, don’t be too eager with the stockpile. Only play a card from that pile if there are no other options available within the other stacks. Playing all three cards in the dealt pile is also not the best idea, as you want to be able to see as many cards as possible in that deck to know what options you have there and playing all three will keep them all in the same order.