My First Experience Playing Solitaire Online – Worth It?

by Tanya June 28, 2022

I loved playing card games (and board games) as a child, but somewhere somehow the life and ‘adult responsibilities’ got in the way, so I stopped.

Even now with all the flashy entertainment, I can’t think of a better way to spend some free time than playing a card game with friends. It’s way more stimulating and social than watching TV.

When was the last time you did something for a pure pleasure of it?

What is Solitaire?

Solitaire is the collective name for any tabletop game that one can play by oneself, usually with cards, but also with dominoes/tiles/pegs/stones.

Solitaire was a new discovery for me, I had no idea one can play cards alone online.

I googled my options & found Solitaire Classic card game.

Classic Solitaire game

The goal of Classic Solitaire is to transfer all cards in ascending order from Ace to King. The game will end if either no more moves are possible, or if all cards are cleared and sorted out.

The rules

This is the easiest description of the Solitaire rules I found online:

Important things to know:

You can compete against other people or play against yourself.

If you’re a newbie, it’s best to start playing against yourself. That means your goal is to beat your previous score.

I, for example, earned 26 points in 2 minutes when I first played the game (see screenshot below) 🤨

How is the score calculated?

5 points for each card moved from the deck to a row stack.

5 points for each card turned face-up in a row stack.

3 points for each card moved from one row stack to another.

2 points for each 10 seconds elapsed during a timed game.

The time it takes for you to finish the game will also be counted in your final points.

 Word Search Puzzle game

There are also other games on the solitaire.org website. I played word search puzzle game & really enjoyed it.

The rules

The top of the left column provides a word list with a number of words to find showing and then a count of how many total words you have left to go.

Words can appear in the puzzle forward, backward, up, down, or diagonal.

When you find words in the puzzles they are highlighted in green. See the example below:

The puzzle automatically tracks how long you have worked on it.

It took me 13.28 minutes to find all the words.

Verdict: Is Solitaire worth it?

The short answer is: yes, if you play for the right reasons.

I enjoyed both Solitaire games & will continue playing them as a time filler on the road to improve my memory and mental skills.

I won’t be playing (and I don’t recommend others to play) the game to escape life problems or boredom. I think it’s always better to face your reality and try to solve your problems 😏

As a writer, I felt more at ease playing word puzzles. They had a calming, meditative effect on me as I felt like I know what I’m doing.

New card games like Classic Solitaire came with a bit of a learning curve, but I had to pay more attention, use logic and foresight, so it’s definitely a great game for keeping your brain sharp.

Playing these games online meant I didn’t have to waste time shuffling, and dealing, making this a highly attractive time-filler that can be played when you’re out and about.

Playing Classic Solitaire taught me the importance of taking a step back to move two forward. In other words – it taught me patience and strategy.

Check out all the Solitaire games on solitaire.org.

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