Advantages Free, Mentally Challenging
Disadvantages Can't Pause A Game Part Way Through
Occasionally when I am bored at work during my lunchtime I find myself playing Freecell on my PC. For those of you that do not know what Freecell is then I shall explain during the course of this review, but should you decide to have a mess about with it, then be warned because believe me it is very addictive.SO WHAT IS FREECELL?
Freecell is a card game, which comes with most versions of Windows. I use Windows XP at both Home and Work and it is on that, although prior to Windows XP I used Windows 98 and it also came with that. If you are unsure if it is on your PC then have a look in your program files, which can be accessed via the start menu. If it is pre-installed in your version of Windows then it should be located in accessories within a folder called "Games."If it is not on your PC then don't despair as it can be downloaded for free from many different sites on the Internet or alternatively it can be played with real cards. Freecell is a solo game designed to be placed by just one person.
If Freecell is played using real cards then it does take up quite a lot of floor space.HOW DOES THE GAME WORK?
Playing the PC version of the game you will find a rectangular box in the middle of the screen as you open a new game, this is dark green in colour.To open a new game select the "Game" tab located at the top left hand side of the box and then select "New Game."
The rectangular box has a space at the top left hand corner to place 4 cards inside it and there is another space in the right hand corner for a further 4 cards too, these are the "Free Cells" from where the game gets its name.At the beginning of the game there are 8 piles of cards laid out in the middle of the screen, these consist of 4 rows of seven cards and 4 rows of six cards, all of the cards are facing upwards so that they are visible and they are placed on top of each other, overlapping slightly.
THE OBJECTIVE OF THE GAMEThe four blank spaces at the top right hand corner of the box are where you build up your four piles of cards on top of each other. So the first objective is to place all of the four Aces in these boxes and then the four two's, threes and fours etc.
The four spaces at the top left hand side of the box are used to place cards into to get access to the cards in the piles that you are trying to stack. For example if there is an Ace positioned as the second bottom card on one of the piles below say a Queen then placing the Queen in one of the Free Cells will enable you to get to the Ace.It is only possible to move a card which is competently visible i.e. the lowest card at the bottom of each pile. Cards are moved by clicking on them and then moving them to the desired location.
There are three different reasons for moving a card. These are to build the piles, to move cards into the Free Cells or thirdly it is possible to move a card onto another card of the next value and alternating colour. i.e. a red nine can be placed beneath a black ten. This is where the main skill of the game occurs as moving cards around in this way and into and out of the Free cells will allow you to empty columns.
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