Beleaguered Castle Instructions

Play Beleaguered Castle Solitaire.


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Overview

The objective of Beleaguered Castle solitaire is to erode the "wall" stacks on the sides of the layout by placing their contents in the suit stacks in the middle. (Beleaguered Castle can be considered "FreeCell without free cells", but card stacks do not need to have alternating colors and the aces are already removed to compensate (partially) for the lack.)

Layout

There are two types of card stacks:
  • Building Stacks There are four building, or wall, stacks on the left and right sides of the layout. A building stack can accept a card of any suit provided that the card's rank is one less than the rank of the card currently at the top of the stack. An empty building stack can accept any card from the top of another stack.

  • Suit Stacks The suit stacks are located in the middle column of the layout and initially contain an ace. Suit stacks can accept a card from the tops of the building if the suit is the same, and the rank is one more than the rank of the card at the top of the stack.

Moving Cards

To move a card, click on the card (which will highlight it) and then click on the destination. The following are valid moves:
  1. A card at the top of a stack can be moved to its corresponding suit stack if the rank of the card at the top of that stack is one less than the card's rank (Kings have a rank of 13, queens 12, jacks 11 and an ace has a rank of 1).

  2. The card at the top of a building stack can be moved to an empty building stack.

  3. A card can be moved from a building stack to another building stack if the card at the top of the destination stack has a rank one more than the card.

  4. Ordered cards at the top of a building stack can be moved to another building stack if there is a card in the ordered sequence which has a a rank one less than the card at the top of the destination stack. There must be an empty space for every moved card below the top card.

To move an ordered sequence of cards at the top of a stack to an empty building stack, first select all the ordered cards by clicking twice on the stack, then click the empty space. If there are fewer empty spaces than selected cards, the number of cards moved will equal the original number of empty spaces.

Right-clicking on a stack will move the its top card to an empty space, if present. If more than one card in the right-clicked stack has been selected, the selected cards will be moved to empty stacks until there are no more selected cards or there are no more empty stacks.

A card will be automatically moved to the suit stacks from the tops of the building stacks if the cards which might be placed on top of it are already in the suit stacks. Clicking undo will retract an automatic move.

Cheating

Holding the shift key down while moving multiple cards will make the move even if there are not enough empty spaces.

Tips

  • Increase the rank of the cards at the top of the suit stacks (in the options window) if you are unfamiliar with the game.
  • Try to obtain an empty space early in the game, then move a king to the empty space and build on that.
  • Move an ordered sequence of cards in stages if there are not enough empty spaces to move the sequence in one step. If there is more than one empty space, transfer as many cards as possible to each space and then reassemble the sequence on the desired destination stack. Even if there are not enough empty spaces, it might be possible to move the sequence if there is a card on top of another stack which can accept a subsequence of the moved cards.

Buttons

Clicking on these buttons will perform the following actions:
New Game
Begin a new game after shuffling the deck
Restart
Return to the original state of the current game
Undo
Return to the condition before the previous move was made
Options
Bring up a window with the following options:
Starting rank
This option sets the rank of the cards at the tops of the suit stacks at the start of the game. A new game must be started for this option to take effect. Increasing this value will result in an easier game. Having no cards initially in the suit stacks will produce a more difficult variation which is also known as Streets and Alleys
Automatic card moving
When this box is set (which is the default), a card atop a stack will be moved to its suit stack automatically if there are no cards available which might be placed on top of it.
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