FreeCell For After Retirement
FreeCell is a card game of solitaire supplied with the Microsoft's OS
Windows since the age of Windows 3.1.
In the past, the author enjoyed about 17,000 deals in random mode but I
changed the way of playing about 3.5 years ago to "look for
difficult deals" from a deal number 1 and cleared 20,000 deals,
while I fetched each number of a difficult deal and made a record of
solutions of them.
I think it is nothing new to say and this is unnecessary care but I
arranged the data and decided to bring them here by borrowing this
place. I am happy if some data become a help of pleasure of a player.
If you want to skip the following explanations
and to access the examples Solutions of Difficult Deals, please click
the button below.
All data from #1 to #1100 and
[Data for up to 50000
deals and this is Final.]
FreeCell can be seen as a simple card game which can be played alone
but it may be add to one of the pleasure for elder people after
The FreeCell version after Windows XP provides 1,000,000 deals as number
of the maximum deals and even if you clear it from the first deal number
in turn and cleared 100 deals per every day,
it takes about 28 years to clear all
deals. When you retired at 60 years old, there is a possibility that one
cannot clear all deals till life of the player is over. From the
experience of the author, it was considerably severe to clear 100 deals
continuously every day and my brain is apt to have come to overheat.
Therefore, it is sure that it is a game for life when one begin playing
it since one become in the generation of which one spend enough time for
the game like the author.
By the way, the locus to 50000 deals are summarized in the [Additional
[Effect of FreeCell]
Because FreeCell is a consideration type puzzle game, an assembling
and a disassembling of cards are coexisted by the game and there is no
lucky and unlucky, I think there may be the effect listed in the
- Good to foster concentration
Concentration is considerably necessary if you update a successive
victory record or update a chronograph of the shortest clearing
time. My successive victory record have ever reached 2862 (although
it was used an aid of network reboot without closing a "dead
end game") but it cause a careless mistake whenever I hear a
sound of television or conversations of my family.
- Possible to taste a thrill
This game doesn't require a quick operation of control keys but it
requires strong tensions for challenging the successive victory
record and it must be similar to be the tension for competing of a
Shogi and a play of Go. When I made a careless mistake at the deal
#2863, a head became blank. I touched up the registry of Windows
after this and a successive victory record of 9508 is left in fact,
by the way.
- Good for vision training
There are a game console and its software for a vision training but
I think it is necessary to have a certain level of observation power
for seeing cards on 8 columns.
- Possible to help prevention of senility
The FreeCell seems to be simple but it is profound. If you play hard
you may play games in a dream, therefore it is considerably sure
that a brain is used hard.
Demerit of playing the game is that you don't move a body and there
is no conversation with a family or a friend, it may be no good for
your health if you spend most of time of a day on only FreeCell.
[About solution data of FreeCell]
Here are 3743 full solutions
which are; all data from deal #1 to deal #1000 and hard (seems to
be) deals found from deal #1101 to deal #50000. The
description of data are provided for an international use.
It may be a way of playing when you choose "difficult
deals" and challenge to clear all. However, if you trace the
card movements from the top of data to the end, it is meaningless
and it is suggested so that you will take
about 10 steps from the top of data and then resolve the deal by
yourself. If you find only which card should be moved first, it
might give you a good hint.
- Two kinds of data
There are two kinds of data for each deal. Please use data of
favorite one. The data of the first row express only one
movement position of one or a pile of cards and one step is
expressed by 2 characters. It is an international notation method, I
The next row corresponds to a record data of classification/a
number of a card and information of a moving area. This data
is basically generated by the freeware "Furiseru 1000"
(which version is 1.11 and the management area has been extended to
10 million : As of Aug. 2009) and it is modified for an
Ranking of degree of difficulty (Level)
I distributed each deal to four ranks as listed below based on
difficulty level. It must differ from the ranking depending on the
players skill and experience degree.
||Not difficult if you consider little more to solve
||A tricky deal
||A deal to require more time to solve
||A deal that is considerably lost in thought
||A deal of abstruseness very much
The first number mentioned in Steps is the total number of steps
(gross) which includes a program's automatic moves of a
card/cards, and the next number is net steps that a player moves
However, the program (Furiseru 1000, in
Japanese) is designed so that it moves multiple cards at once (super
move) if there are multiple empty columns and then by an original
FreeCell, it may need two or more steps of movement by using an empty
column. In this sense, unfortunately, some data made by the program
has no full-compatibility with that of the standard program. For
examples, please see #435, #6385,
#6589 and #8651.
In addition, the author made a effort to find a better solution that
the gross steps is less than 110 and the net steps is less than 60
except specific featured deals.
The author obtained good hints for some difficult deals from the
website listed below. It is possible to find solution data up to
Notation of a card position
Three places of position information are shown in the photo below.
Namely, a to d on the upper left
are free cell area, the home area abbreviated by h
or HO is the area that the program automatically mover
cards here, and 1 to 8 columns
(rows) all card aligned at the begining.
The position of 1 to 8 are;
* For an example, save the text file (1-8_Template.txt)
and open this text file in rear of a FreeCell program for a use as a
* Save the template image (FC_template_E.gif),
and open the graphic in rear of the program.
* Save the wallpaper (FC_temp_1024_E.gif,
only for a resolution of 1024 X 768 dot) for templates under a
directory of Windows and change a desktop screen of Windows to this
image. (The reason why the FreeCell location is made shifted to right
is to give a space to open the data page of this HP.)
Notation of card name and movement place
The notation of each card consists of two figures with a card symbol
and a number and a card symbol comes to the top.
Symbol: C: Clubs, H: Hearts, S: Spades, D:
Number: A: Ace, 2 to 10, J: Jack, Q:
Queen, K: King
A place is expressed by 2 characters which is abbreviation of English
Movement place: FC: Free cell, HO: home, EC:
Please be careful to the following restrictions.
Data of movement position information data (left row)
Please understand that the data is translated manually based on the
program data (data of the right side) and there may be mistake(s).
Data of card classification/number and info of
movement domain (right side row)
The author deleted manually the data which the program moves card(s)
automatically to home position from the data but the program takes a
record of movement. Therefore, card names may be different when plural
home movement occurred successively.
It is not allowed to use these data for business and
copy without permission.
Feel free to hyperlink to this page.
The author reached the target of 30000 deals on
February 6, 2009.
The author cleared 32000 games that were a largest
game number of the Windows 95 times on May 21, 2009.
The days needed to clear 30000 deals were about 3
years and 226 days and this gives that an average daily advance
was more than 22 deals.
Only an average of 16 deals were progressed per a day
when a season was good for outdoor activities but it became 25 games
in a cold season.
Since the mean of total moving steps of cards
including the automatic move by the program was 102 for 30000 deals,
it is assumed that all games could be cleared by less than 100 steps.
It is saved all data from 20001 to the 38000 but it is
judged that those will be useless on this website.
The progress speed after the 30001 will be slowed down
and the next target is to reach #40000 for the time being. The
progress is #39600 on July 22, 2010.
The data from #1 to #200 have been revised for shorter
than 100 gross steps.
The data from #301 to #400 have been added newly.
(April 2, 2010)
The data from #401 to #500 have been added newly.
(April 16, 2010)
From the result of data making, it was confirmed that
all of deal can definitely be cleared within 100 gross steps.
All data from #501 to #1000 have been added newly.
(July 22, 2010) There is no plan to disclose all data for later than
Now, next target is set for #50000 and he will go step
Added the "Summer Holiday
Special" which contains unsolvable games and hidden games.
Updating data beyond #50000 will be terminated
although the author Alechan will continue to play farther than #50000.
(April 29, 2011)
Alechan is reviewing old data and some
miss-interpolation of data have been found during the process. And it
was found also new deals which better be listed. All of those are
updated now up to #16000. In addition, #11982
which is one of the "Impossible To Solve" game has been
reviewed. Right-click the text of "Open the text data for the FC
PRO's Custom Game", left-click the [Save as a file (A)], and save
the FC11982_Trick-1.txt file to the same
directory of FreeCell Pro. Open this file on the "Custom
Game" option and you could play the trick game. (June 1st,
Alechan pushed forward the review of data which had been disclosed after having cleared up to 50000 games. On that occasion, Alechan noticed that he did not save data except difficult solutions up to #20000, and he saved all data in this occasion of review. Then he took possession of the data of 50000 games which did not depend on computer analysis now.
(May 29, 2013)
By the way, Windows 8 maintains the service application of
FreeCell as one of XBox Games, however, the style has been changed completely. My gush! Therefore a player could not select a desired game number anymore. In order to enjoy the legacy FreeCell game of Windows XP, it is possible to copy / paste two files as described below if you are an official licensee of Windows XP and will not use it anymore (one computer - one software, please).
Please note the following process shall be done on your risk and Alechan has no responsibility of any malfunctions or damage on your Windows 8.
If you don't know well about a copy & paste of program files, Alechan would like to recommend you to use a free software on internet site.
1) On Windows XP, open WINDOWS and system32 folder on C
drive by the explorer.
2) Find two files of cards.dll and freecell.exe.
3) Copy and paste these files on a removable media.
4) On Windows 8 and by opening the explorer, make a new folder under the
root directory of C drive, its name will be FreeCell_XP as an example.
5) Paste on the two files under the folder.
6) Register the freecell.exe to the desk top if you wish to start the program by clicking the favorite icon.
December 25, 2007, By Alechan
(Updated: June 24, 2013)