Cruel Solitaire is a very unique game, with a low success rate, a large reliance on skill, and a loyal following of players.
The aim of Cruel Solitaire is to build ascending suit sequences in the foundation zone.
How to Play:
The opening tableau of Cruel Solitaire has:
- 4 foundation stacks,
- 12 manoeuvre stacks, and
- a talon.
Cards can be moved in the manoeuvre zone if they are the same suit and 1 less in rank. Clicking the talon will re-deal the cards in the manoeuvre zone, with 4 cards into each stack. The talon can be re-dealt as often as necessary. Cards are dealt in the same order they were in prior to re-dealing.
When re-dealing, manoeuvre stacks are ordered from top-left to top-right, then bottom-left to bottom-right.
There is an art to ordering the cards in Cruel Solitaire so that when they are re-dealt, they come out in a helpful arrangement.
Suppose that the initial deal looks like this:
One move we can do is 2 of Hearts to the foundation. The tableau now looks like this:
Because we only touched the second-last stack, redealing causes very little change, only changing the top card of the very last stack:
Moving an earlier card, such as the 6 of Diamonds in the first stack, causes more widespread changes:
Now every other top card has changed.
This behaviour gives you some control over which cards are visible when the talon is redealt.