Eight Off is a FreeCell family solitaire game.
Eight Off is played with one 52-card standard deck of playing cards. Both ranks and suits of cards are important. From low to high, card ranks run in order from the Ace, to the Two, to the Three, and so on up to the Ten, the Jack, the Queen, and finally the King.
The goal of Eight Off is to build up all 4 of the suits in the foundation, each in order from the Ace to the King.
When the game starts, all 52 cards of a standard deck of playing cards are dealt face-up. A pile of 6 cards are dealt into each of the 8 columns in the tableau are and the remaining 4 cards are dealt into the leftmost 4 cells in the free cell area.
A card may be moved by the player back and forth between the tableau and the free cell area. Any one card may be moved to an empty free cell.
An important rule of Eight Off Solitaire is that when a column becomes vacant, it may only be filled with a King of any suit. The King may come from either the free cell area or the bottom-most card in a pile. A non-King card may not be moved into an empty column. (Note: In Easy Eight Off Solitaire, any rank may be used to fill a column.)
When moving a King from a free cell to the tableau, it can only be placed into a vacant column. For a non-King, it can only be moved onto the lowermost card in a pile that is its next-in-rank and of the same suit. For example, the Four of Spades could only be moved from a free cell onto the Five of Spades at the bottom of a pile.
A card may also be moved either from a free cell or the bottom of a pile to the foundation, providing that it is an Ace, which begins a suit build, or the next in rank for its suit, which extends a build. It's also possible to move a card from the foundation either to a free cell or the tableau.
A suited run consists of consecutive cards anywhere in a pile that are both in-rank and of the same suit, with the lowest rank being at the bottom. For example, from the bottom up, the Two of Diamonds, the Three of Diamonds, and the Four of Diamonds constitutes a 3-card suited run. A single card is technically a 1-card suited run.
Provided that a sufficient number of free cells are vacant, a suited run of more than one card may be moved all at once from a pile onto another pile (but not into an empty column unless the run is headed by a King). This counts as only 1 move.
Here are a few tips on how to win at Eight Off:
The game screen is made up of 3 different areas.
Along the left side are the foundations. It consists of 4 cells. This is where suits are built, beginning with the Ace and ending with the King.
Along the top is the free cell area made up of 8 free cells. Each cell is a temporary storage location for one card only.
Directly below the free cell area is the tableau. It consists of 8 (unmarked) columns, each of which may be either empty or contain a pile of one or more cards, depending on the current state of the game.
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