How to play
Build columns down by alternating colors.
Move any card to an empty column.
Free cell cards can be played to the tableau or foundation.
Foundations are built up by suit from ace to king.
Only one card may be dragged at a time.
The game will automatically use scratch space to let you move more if you have open free cells.
FreeCell is won once everything is moved to the foundations.
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The goal of FreeCell is to create a stack of cards from low to high in each of the four foundation piles in the upper right corner. Each stack can contain only one suit.
Kings are the highest value, and aces are the lowest value. The four foundations must begin with aces and end with kings.
Below the foundation, you can move cards from one column to another. Cards in columns must be placed in descending order and must alternate between red and black.
In the upper left corner are four free cells, where you can temporarily store any single cards during play.
Moving a sequential stack of cards is the same as moving them individually to free cells and then back to the board. Therefore, you can only move a sequential stack of cards if you have enough free cells.
When you have an empty column, you can move any card there, or any stack of cards if you have enough free cells.
Examine the layout carefully before making any moves. It is very important to plan several moves ahead. The most obvious moves are not always the best moves.
Try to uncover the aces early. They will allow you to start to build your foundation piles and leave your free cells open.
Try to keep as many free cells empty as possible. Once all free cells are filled, you have almost no space to manoeuvre.
Try to create an empty column as soon as possible. Empty columns are more important than free cells because they can be used to store an entire sequence rather than a single card.
Check out this illustrated FreeCell tutorial for more details.
Evaluate the game before making any moves.
Look for Aces and other low numbers that are nested deep in the columns.
Uncover the aces early.
Leave as many free cells as possible empty.
Try to create an empty column as soon as you can.
There have been recent studies that have shown that by keeping your brain challenged and engaged you can actually help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Playing freecell has been mentioned as one of the ways that you can help improve your memory.
A worry shared by many of us as we get older is that forgetfulness, which may feel increasingly pervasive as the years go by, will eventually lead to the loss of precious memories and the inability to remember new experiences in the future. Evidence suggests that the stereotype of the forgetful older person can become a self-fulfilling prophecy, leading older adults to perform more poorly in memory tests.
One recent study found that when older adults were read a paragraph describing research on age-related memory deficits, their subsequent memory was reduced for word lists they had learned previously. Thus, it is important to challenge the stereotype of inexorable age-related cognitive decline. Instead, we should be focusing on scientific evidence which suggests that, while various components of memory are affected by age, other aspects can remain relatively well preserved. By capitalising on the cognitive abilities that are comparatively resistant to ageing, it may be possible for older adults to develop effective strategies to make the most of their memories.
Older adults can often remember a fact or detail, but attribute it to the wrong person, time or place. However, studies suggest that this source memory can be preserved when tasks focus on aspects of remembered information that they place greater value on. For example, thinking about the character of the person who is telling you a story, even if irrelevant to the story being told, may help you to remember who it was.
The brain may be more resilient to the ageing process than we previously thought. These changes may result in preserved areas taking over the function of declining regions, or may indicate a shift in the way older people perform some tasks.
Another issue is that as we get older we can be susceptible to attentional lapses, whereby a simple lack of attention during key moments can lead to forgetfulness. Failure to recall whether or not you switched off the iron before leaving the room may not be due to a memory impairment, but to insufficient attention being paid to successfully encode the action.
Attentional lapses are most likely to occur during the everyday activities that we can accomplish on autopilot. A useful strategy to counteract such absent-mindedness can be to develop a method for performing such tasks: like always placing your keys in the same place.
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