Vintage solitaire games

 

Sure, I like Klondike solitaire games. I have played so many of them, though, that I sometimes long for a change.
Thus, I selected three vintage games in an old musty book.
I can’t guarantee that nobody has played them for centuries, but I did tweak the rules of the one I call “Gimme Five,” so it is possible that nobody has ever played it before you and me.
This page shows the iPad version of the game. Click here to see the iPhone version.
Click here to see the app in the iTunes store—where you can get it for free.


 





    

    

        

You can remove two cards if they are next to each other and their sum or difference is a multiple of five.
For example, you can remove the ten and jack from the bottom row above, as their difference, zero, is a multiple of five (the value of a face card is ten). You can also tap the seven and a three, as their sum is ten, and the nine and the four, their difference being five.
If you move the mouse over the picture, you can see that eighteen cards are left. You don’t get a lower score that often. I have played a few hundred times and removed all the cards only twice, but I find this solitaire game strangely satisfying.


This game is simple and succeeds often.
You remove two similar cards by tapping them. For example, the two kings above, then the two sixes and the tens. Every time you remove a card, the card above it is displayed.


The number displayed is the sum of the last column at right. Face cards are valued eleven (jack), twelve (queen) and thirteen (king).
The whole column vanishes when the sum is twenty-eight.
Tapping a row moves all its cards one notch right. In the example above, you would tap the bottom row. The jack moves all the way to the left and all the cards move one notch rightwards, so that the two becomes the rightmost card. Tapping the row again moves the two all the way to the left and replaces it with the queen. Then the sum is twenty-eight and the whole column vanishes.
Chances of success are quite high in this game.