In the Cards: One Great Scene, Three Greater Games


I'm not really sure if The Hangover card counting scene is possible in real life. However, for all the hilariousness the movie offers, I am more than ready to say it is. Whatever the case may be, a card game requires a certain degree of concentration and skill if one is to have a chance of winning. This scene left quite an impression that I felt an urge to indulge in a no-stress card game. 

Since I watched this movie to relax, I am not about to destroy that mood in playing anything but fun games that will also test my skills. Now, what card game do I play alone? Solitaire quickly came to mind, and so Solitaire it is for me today.

What better way to find one than online, right? I was really surprised by the variety of game types. I used to think that a game of Solitaire is a lonely one but boy, was I mistaken. I quickly settled with and found myself enjoying the many games it offers.

Here are some of my favorites:

Klondike Solitaire 

The main goal of this game is to stack cards in the proper sequence from highest to lowest. Its challenge lies in moving the cards within the given set of rules to achieve the goal. Without a strategy, you can actually find yourself blocking your own win. 

There lies the fun. A better score is obtained when the least time is used to complete the game. I actually found myself raring to go to the next game over and over, the determination to win much more after every failed game. 

Tripeaks Solitaire

This game is won by clearing all the cards from the three peaks to the waste pile. Players can move a card that is either higher or lower. You lose when there are still cards remaining after the stock has run out.

Background Photo by Amanda Jones on Unsplash

Frustration can get the better of you though when you're almost to the end and you cannot remove that single card remaining on the pyramid. My efforts paid off when I finally won the game. Because of that, this game made it to my favorite list. This game is winnable once you get the hang of it. 

Freecell Solitaire

Among the three games that made it to my list, this is by far the most challenging. Strategy is the main factor to win. A higher score is achieved with fewer moves to clear the table.

You need to switch cards with the aim not to get stuck because being stuck surely means you lose. As the game name implies, adding "free cells" will give the player more options to move the cards, thus increasing the chances of winning. Every move causes you a point from a starting score of 500. 

My overall experience of playing these Solitare games can be described as pleasantly challenging. I have many other games to try and I'm certainly looking forward to trying them all. 

Here is the video of that movie scene I mentioned earlier.


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