Beleaguered Castle Instructions
Version 1.00 (Feb 8 2000) Copyright © 1999-2000 Andrew Pipkin firstname.lastname@example.org
The objective of Beleaguered Castle solitaire is to erode the "wall" stacks
on the sides of the layout by placing their contents in the suit stacks in the middle.
(Beleaguered Castle can be considered "FreeCell without free cells", but card
stacks do not need to have alternating colors and the aces are already removed to
compensate (partially) for the lack.)
There are two types of card stacks:
- Building Stacks There are four building, or wall, stacks on the left and right
sides of the layout. A building stack can accept a card of any suit provided that the
card's rank is one less than the rank of the card currently at the top of the stack. An
empty building stack can accept any card from the top of another stack.
- Suit Stacks The suit stacks are located in the middle column of the layout and
initially contain an ace. Suit stacks can accept a card from the tops of the building if
the suit is the same, and the rank is one more than the rank of the card at the top of the
To move a card, click on the card (which will highlight it) and then click on the
destination. The following are valid moves:
- A card at the top of a stack can be moved to its corresponding suit stack if the rank of
the card at the top of that stack is one less than the card's rank (Kings have a rank of
13, queens 12, jacks 11 and an ace has a rank of 1).
- The card at the top of a building stack can be moved to an empty building stack.
- A card can be moved from a building stack to another building stack if the card at the
top of the destination stack has a rank one more than the card.
- Ordered cards at the top of a building stack can be moved to another building stack if
there is a card in the ordered sequence which has a a rank one less than the card at the
top of the destination stack. There must be an empty space for every moved card below the
To move an ordered sequence of cards at the top of a stack to an empty building stack,
first select all the ordered cards by clicking twice on the stack, then click the empty
space. If there are fewer empty spaces than selected cards, the number of cards moved will
equal the original number of empty spaces.
Right-clicking on a stack will move the its top card to an empty space, if present. If
more than one card in the right-clicked stack has been selected, the selected cards will
be moved to empty stacks until there are no more selected cards or there are no more empty
A card will be automatically moved to the suit stacks from the tops of the building
stacks if the cards which might be placed on top of it are already in the suit stacks.
Clicking undo will retract an automatic move.
Holding the shift key down while moving multiple cards will make the move even if there
are not enough empty spaces.
- Increase the rank of the cards at the top of the suit stacks (in the options window) if
you are unfamiliar with the game.
- Try to obtain an empty space early in the game, then move a king to the empty space and
build on that.
- Move an ordered sequence of cards in stages if there are not enough empty spaces to move
the sequence in one step. If there is more than one empty space, transfer as many cards as
possible to each space and then reassemble the sequence on the desired destination stack.
Even if there are not enough empty spaces, it might be possible to move the sequence if
there is a card on top of another stack which can accept a subsequence of the moved cards.
Clicking on these buttons will perform the following actions:
- New Game
- Begin a new game after shuffling the deck
- Return to the original state of the current game
- Return to the condition before the previous move was made
- Bring up a window with the following options:
- Starting rank
- This option sets the rank of the cards at the tops of the suit stacks at the start of
the game. A new game must be started for this option to take effect. Increasing this value
will result in an easier game. Having no cards initially in the suit stacks will produce a
more difficult variation which is also known as Streets and Alleys
- Automatic card moving
- When this box is set (which is the default), a card atop a stack will be moved to its
suit stack automatically if there are no cards available which might be placed on top of
- Version 1.00 (2000/02/08)
- First public release
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