How to Play Giza Solitaire
Giza Solitaire is a pairing game similar to Pyramid Solitaire however; you can pair cards from the pyramid and the tableau.
The goal is to clear all cards from the pyramid and tableau by matching cards that add up to 13.
The Setup and Play Area
Tableau: This is the area with 7 columns of face-up cards with 3 cards in each column, totaling 21 cards.
Pyramid: This is the area where cards are placed face-up, forming a pyramid.
- Kings can be removed from the pyramid without a pair. Because a king is valued at 13, it can be removed from the pyramid on its own, letting you open up options across the tableau.
- Only exposed cards can be removed. Only cards that are not overlapped by cards below are in play, meaning you can pair them with other exposed cards. If a card is overlapped with another one, it isn't in play; the face card overlapping it will need to be removed first to expose it.
- Pair cards that add up to 13 to clear them from the game. For example, you can pair a 6 and a 7, which add to 13. Cards can be paired within the tableau, within the pyramid, or between the pyramid and the tableau.
- You cannot fill empty spaces. Unlike traditional Klondike Solitaire, the gaps left behind by removing cards can't be used to move or store other cards; you must play from the pyramid as is.
- You win when all cards are removed from the game.
- Spot any blockers. A blocker is a card or series of card formations that hamper your progress at best. At worst, it can kill a game and make it unwinnable.
- Don't wait to play Kings. Because a King is already valued at 13, there's no reason to keep it in the pyramid. Kings can block a potential path to victory if not removed as soon as possible.
- Gather as much information as possible. Planning your moves can help you win the game.
- Keep it even. If possible, try to pair off cards evenly on both sides of the pyramid. If you've overcommitted to one side, you’ll be unlikely to get the exact cards needed to eliminate seven rows of cards on the other side later on.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the odds of winning?
When looking at 3,252 random games played, 294 were won, making the win rate 9.04%. Pyramid Solitaire, on the other hand, has a win rate of 30.05%.
What are similar solitaire games to try?
Pyramid Solitaire is the most similar game, and in TriPeaks, you match cards that are one rank higher or lower.
What are other popular Solitaire games?
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