As a kid, my mother taught me her favorite game of solitaire. It's
played with two decks and I have never seen anyone else playing it.
When I started getting interested in java, I decided to turn the game
into a Java application, just to see what the language was like. Of
course, having an application wasn't any fun at all, so I turned it
into an applet.
Object of the Game
The Object of the game it to get all of the cards in their appropriate
piles on the top and right hand side. The piles on the TOP are the
ACES piles. The cards on the right are the KINGS piles. The first 13
piles in the playing field are the "value" piles. They correspond to
the card "values" Ace, 2, 3, ..., 10, Jack, Queen, King.
How to Play
You don't have to deal the cards because the game now does it for you,
but the method of dealing is interesting.
In the deal, you deal the cards in the original pile out to each of
the 13 piles in the playing area. You can deal one card at a time by
hitting Deal1 (no longer available) or you can deal them all out by
hitting Deal (also no longer available). While you are dealing, every
time a King shows up, you get 1 card in your PLAY pile. When an Ace
shows up, you get 2 cards in your PLAY pile. After the 13th card
dealt, you get 3 cards in your PLAY pile. Finally, any time the card
that comes up matches the "value" of the pile that it is to be placed
in, you get 3 cards for your PLAY pile.
Once your ORIGINAL pile it empty, you can begin playing from your
Click on the PLAY pile. When you press the mouse button,
the card will flip so that you can see it. When you unclick the
button, the card will be put in the pile corresponding to the "value"
of the card. That pile will then be placed at the bottom of the
Play a card into the KINGS or ACES pile by clicking on it and dragging
it to the appropriate pile. In the ACES pile, you first put an ACE,
then the other cards of the same suit in ascending order. In the
KINGS pile, start with the KINGS, then the other cards of the same
suit in descending order.
When you can make no more moves, click on the downpile again to get
another card. Continue until you are out of cards in the downpile.
If you've gotten all 8 of the KINGS and ACES piles filled at the end
of the game, you WIN!!!
You can hit the PlayAll button to let the computer finish playing for you. It's not very smart about choosing the best options when there are multiple play
You can hit the restart button to start a new game.
Critique of the game
- Needs a cleaner screen update.
- Needs context sensitive buttons. Deactivate the things when they shouldn't be used
- Needs something neat when you win.
- Could use a nice background, with a names for the piles.
- Thanks to Sun for trying to create a defacto programming standard
for the internet.
- Thanks to Microsoft for their card images.
- Thanks to cjs@netcom for pointing out those images.
- Finally, thanks to the firstname.lastname@example.org for the Suit images.
And now, back to my regularly scheduled research....