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This article contains everything you need to know about Arkadium's Forty Thieves Solitaire game. 


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How to play


Welcome to 40 Thieves Solitaire, the famous solitaire challenge!


Goal. Your goal is to play all 104 cards to the 8 foundations above. 40 cards will be placed in 10 tableau piles, and the rest is in your stock.


Difficulty level. Start a game of Forty Thieves Solitaire by choosing between Easy or Hard difficulty. 

     


On Easy mode, you can move solitaire cards of the same suit built down as a unit.


EXAMPLE: K, Q, J and 10 of the same suit, in that order, can be moved together. In addition, you can go through your stock again once it runs out


The hard mode requires even more patience since it abides by the original Forty Thieves rules: you can only move the top card of each pile, and you may only go through the stock once.


Rules. Here are general rules:


  • You can only play the top card of each tableau and the currently open card from the stock.

 

  • Click or drag cards to move them, or double-click to play them (if possible). 


  • Tableaus must be built DOWN by suit, from King to Ace. 


  • Foundations must be built UP by suit, starting with Ace, and up to King. 


  • Click your stock to open the next card.


Hint and undo. You can use the HINT button to easily locate possible moves. You can UNDO your last move, or several moves if you wish.



Scoring


EASY LEVEL.


Each card collected and placed into a foundation pile is worth 10 points


Each collected foundation pile = 50 points


Win Bonus (all cards and piles are collected) = 100 points


Moves Bonus. The total number of possible moves = 300

Moves Bonus = 300 - the number of moves made


Time Bonus. Bonus is awarded when all cards are collected.


Time Bonus = 900 (15 minutes) - the number of seconds spent.


Game score. Here is the general scoring formula:


If the player wins the game, score = ((13 * 10 * 8) +  (50 * 8)) + Win Bonus + Moves Bonus + Time Bonus.


If the game was interrupted, score = (the number of collected cards * 10) * number of collected piles + (the number of collected piles * 50).


Maximum Moves Bonus = 300 - 96 = 204


Maximum Time Bonus = 900 - 96 = 804


Maximum Game Score = ((13 * 10 * 8) + (50 * 8)) + 100 + 204 + 804 = 2,548


HARD LEVEL.


Each card collected and placed into a foundation pile is worth 20 points


Each collected foundation pile = 100 points


Win Bonus (all cards and piles are collected) = 500 points


Moves Bonus.  The total number of possible moves = 400


Moves Bonus = 400 - the number of moves made


Time Bonus. Bonus is awarded when all cards are collected.


Time Bonus = 1,500 (25 minutes) - the number of seconds spent.


Game score. Here is the general scoring formula:


If the player wins the game, score = ((13 * 20 * 8) + (100 * 8)) + Win Bonus + Moves Bonus + Time Bonus.


If the game was interrupted, score = (the number of collected cards * 20) * number of collected piles + (the number of collected piles * 100).


Maximum Moves Bonus = 400 - 96 = 304


Maximum Time Bonus = 1500 - 96 = 1,404


Maximum Game Score = ((13 * 20 * 8) + (100 * 8)) + 500 + 304 + 1,404 = 5,088