Tripeaks Solitaire


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Pyramid Solitaire game info

  • Family: Adding & Pairing Solitaire Games
  • Decks: One deck (52 cards)
  • Game time: Short
  • Chance of winning: Medium

Pyramid Solitaire Rules

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Goal

The objective in Pyramid Solitaire is to remove all cards in the pyramid by pairing cards that add up to 13.

Layout & deal

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First, 28 cards are dealt face-up in the shape of a pyramid, with the cards partially overlapping. The remaining cards are put face-down in the stock.

Allowable moves

  • Pair cards that add up to 13. Pairing is done by first clicking on the first card and then on the second card. Only cards that are open, i.e. don’t have another card on top of them, can be paired. It doesn’t matter where the cards are, you can pair cards that are in the pyramid, in the waste or in the temporary card storage.
  • Aces count as 1, Jacks as 11 and Queens as 12. The valid pairs are: Ace & Queen, Two & Jack, Three & Ten, Four & Nine, Five & Eight, Four & Nine.
  • Kings count as 13 and can be removed by simply clicking on them.
  • Flip the stock to reveal three additional cards that will be added to the three waste piles. Note that resetting the stock is not possible. You can only loop through it once.
  • Move an open card from the pyramid or the waste to the temporary card storage in the bottom left.
  • Undo a move by clicking the undo button in the bottom right corner. Note that you can only go back one move.

If you are still unsure about which moves are allowed, follow the in-game tutorial.

Scoring

Pyramid Solitaire Ancient Egypt has several scoring rules that reward quick play and good strategy. Complete different rounds after each other to improve your score.

  • Removal of a pair of cards or a King: 500 points
  • Completion of a round: 10,000 points
  • (Bonus) Removal of all cards, so not only the pyramid but also the cards in the stock & waste: 15,000 points
  • (Bonus) Time bonus shown in the top left corner: counts down from 20,000 points to 0 while playing
  • (Bonus) Incremental round number bonus: round number * 1,000 points

Note that using the undo button does not impact your score.

Strategy

  • Remove Kings immediately: Always remove the Kings immediately. There is no reason to keep them in the pyramid or waste piles and removing them will earn you 500 points.
  • Plan ahead: Look at the pyramid before starting to play and identify which cards are blocking other cards.
  • Play cards in the middle of the pyramid: If you can choose, it can be beneficial to play cards in the middle of the pyramid because they cover two other cards, while cards at the edges of the pyramid only cover one other card.
  • Keep the pyramid balanced: If you have the choice, remove cards from the pyramid so that its both sides remain balanced in terms of height.
  • Avoid pairing two cards in the waste piles: Pairing two cards that are in the waste piles does not really help you progress towards clearing the pyramid, except in some cases.
  • Use your memory: Try to remember which cards have already been played, so you know whether the card you need is still in the stock or not.
  • Use the temporary card storage: Make sure to use the temporary card storage as it will allow you to reach cards that can otherwise not be reached. The temporary card storage acts like a cell in FreeCell, so it can only hold one card at a time. Keep this in mind and use the temporary card storage strategically.
  • Use the undo button: Feel free to use the undo button if you are not happy with your move or if you want to have a look at which cards will be dealt from the stock. Note that using the undo button does not impact your score.

History

There is no factual information about when Pyramid Solitaire was first invented, but it might have been as early as the 18th century. The game gained in popularity by being included in the Microsoft Entertainment Pack in 1990, although under a different name (Tut's Tomb). This name was a reference to the tomb of the famous Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun.

Variants

There are many different versions of Pyramid Solitaire. Variations allow to reset the stock and/or they only have one waste pile. There are no official or right rules for Pyramid Solitaire, but we prefer the rules we used for our implementation because they are a good combination of skill and luck.

Cheats

Pyramid Solitaire was used as inspiration for Giza Solitaire. If you like playing Pyramid Solitaire Ancient Egypt, you can also have a look at TriPeaks Solitaire, which is also in the Adding & Pairing solitaire games category.

FAQ

How do you play Pyramid Solitaire?Remove cards in the pyramid by pairing cards of which the ranks add up to 13. If you get stuck, turn the stock to reveal new cards. The game is won when all cards in the pyramid are removed.

Parking mania 2. How to win Pyramid Solitaire?You can increase your chances of winning at Pyramid Solitaire by following some strategy rules. Look at the pyramid before playing and plan your moves ahead. Always remove Kings immediately. If you have the choice, play cards in the middle of the pyramid and keep the pyramid balanced in height. Try to remember which cards have been played. Use the undo button and temporary card storage to your advantage.

What is an Ace worth in pyramid solitaire?An Ace is worth 1 in pyramid solitaire. To remove an Ace, you need to pair it with a Queen, which is worth 12. A Jack is worth 11 and has to be paired with a Two.

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Is every game of Pyramid Solitaire winnable?No, not every game of Pyramid Solitaire is winnable. The easiest way to prove this is to give an example of an unwinnable deal. Imagine a deal with an Ace on the lowest row of the pyramid and all four Queens in the higher rows, blocked by this Ace. There is no way to remove this Ace, so the deal is not solvable.

Can I switch off hints?Yes, you can switch off hints. Go to the options menu via the main menu or via the pause menu and uncheck Auto hint.

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Game Rating

5.0

Tri Peaks Solitaire was invented by Robert Hogue from Florida in 1989. The game uses one deck of cards with the aim of clearing three peaks of cards regardless of the suits. It has an interesting scoring system which makes online casinos include it in their card games. The game has undergone different modifications over the years.

Game Rules

Tri Peaks Solitaire is played using a single deck of 52 cards. The cards are dealt to form a tableau which consists of three overlapping pyramids. Each peak has four cards with all peaks sharing the lowest level. The cards at the lowest level are accessible. The inaccessible cards on the tableau can be dealt face up or face down depending on the game rule variation. The other cards form the stock where cards can be dealt from. Next to the stock is the waste pile which is initially empty.

The aim of the game is to move all cards from the three peaks to the waste pile. The cards are dealt on the waste pile, and the player can only transfer open cards to the waste pile. Initially, only cards at the bottom row of the peaks are accessible. Once a card is moved, the other cards above it become open and can be moved to the waste pile.

Cards are moved onto the waste pile only if they are in an ascending or descending sequence with the topmost card on the waste pile. For example, a 5 may be dealt on a 4 or 6 of the card on the waste or if there is a Queen on the waste, the player can move a King or Jack there. The waste pile is initially empty, and any card from the pyramid can be moved there. The player can also turn the corner by dealing kings on aces and aces on kings. You can double-click a card to move it to the waste pile.

When no cards can be moved from the peaks, a card from the stock is dealt onto the waste to start a new sequence. This happens every time there is no match from the tableau. There are no resets once all the cards from the stock have been exhausted.

The player wins the game once all cards from the peaks have been moved to the waste pile even if some cards remain in the stock. The game is lost once the stock is exhausted and no more building can happen.

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Tip & Tricks

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According to Robert Hogue’s analysis, 90% of all games are completely solvable. Under the original scoring system, it’s theoretically possible to achieve the average of 60 points through the use of right streaks. This means that with the right strategies there is a high chance of winning the game.

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  • Just like all solitaire games, planning is key.
  • Always plan your moves ahead and build long sequences rather than short ones.
  • You must study the cards on the bottom to establish the cards that are about the same rank.
  • Move the cards that exposes as many face-down or inaccessible cards as much as possible.
  • This increases a chance to uncover cards that can lead to more combinations.
  • It also enables you to have more cards for a sequence without having to draw from the stock.
  • Remove the bottom row of cards on all pyramids before getting too high on a particular one.
  • Clearing peaks and forming long sequences earns the player more points.