Pyramid Solitaire. 28 Card

Playing 28 Card Pyramid Solitaire

Pyramid Solitaire takes its name from cards dealt face up in the form of pyramid. The deck is shuffled, and the Pyramid started with a row of a single card, followed by a row of two cards, three cards and so on. The pyramid is composed of either 21 or 28 cards, and this version (my favourite) uses 28 cards. The remaining cards are placed facedown and make up the Stock.

The Objective of Pyramid Solitaire

The objective of this version of Pyramid Solitaire is to remove all cards from the Pyramid.

Some verions of Pyramid require that all 52 cards are paired off. This version (as do all the Pyramid varieties on SolitaireOnline.Org) considers the game to be won once the 28 cards on the pyramid are removed.

It's easier and more fun that way.

The playability (in my mind anyway) is improved by allowing you to drop a card (Card One) on another card (Card Two) on the Pyramid where both cards add up to thirteen - provided the only obstruction to Card Two is Card One.

If you want to further increase your chances of winning, try Par Pyramid.

The Stock

The Stock is on the bottom left.

Stock cards are be taken individually from the Stock Pile. These can be matched immediately with an exposed card. A card is exposed when it is not covered by any other card. If a card from the Stock (or Draw Pile) can't be matched with an exposed card, it will be placed onto the Waste Pile.

It can be used later in the game but only if it remains uncovered, or becomes uncovered when draw cards on top are used.

The Waste pile is is to the right of the Stock Pile - one from bottom left.

Discarding cards in Pyramid Solitaire

When two exposed cards total 13, they can, but don't have to be discarded. The 13 gives a clue as to the alternative name to Pyramid Solitaire (which is Solitaire 13).

How to start playing Pyramid Solitaire

Click, mouse or touch on Stock Pile. A card will be moved from the Stock onto the Waste Pile and displayed face up.

Card pairs in Pyramid Solitaire

The following pairs are allowed in Pyramid Solitaire: Queen and Ace, Jack and Two, Ten and Three, Nine and Four, Eight and Five, Seven and Six. Kings can be removed on their tod.

Different versions of Pyramid Solitaire

There are many different versions of Pyramid Solitaire. One variation, Par Pyramid Solitaire, allows you to use the Waste Pile twice. When the Stock Pile is empty, it is turned over and becomes the Stock (again).

Varieties of Pyramid Solitaire

Apophis, Eleven Triangle, Par Pyramid (28 Card), Pyramid (28 card), King Tut