Accordion Solitaire Instructions
Version 2.0.0 (Dec 03 2002) Copyright © 2001-2002 Andrew Pipkin
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In accordion solitaire, the objective is to compress a spread-out deck so
that only the topmost card is visible. Accordion is notoriously difficult to
win using the standard rules, but some options have been added which should
make victory attainable in one's lifetime.
The entire deck is spread out horizontally at the beginning of a game. Some
cards might not be visible if the screen size is less than 1024 x 800. The
screen size option (see Options below) can adjust the interval between cards
so that all cards fit on the screen.
Compressing the Stack
The stack is compressed by moving cards from right to left, placing them on
top of other cards in the stack. To move a card within the stack, simply
click on the card and then click on the card the moved card will cover. The
moved card and the card it is placed upon must have the same suit or rank.
The default options allow a card to be placed on top of a card immediately
to its left or a card three cards to its left (there will be two cards
between the moved card and its destination). When a card is moved, all other
cards which the card has are moved along with it. The allowed intervals can
be altered (see below).
Clicking on the options button will bring up a dialog box with the following
- Allowed Moves
This option sets the allowed distances that a card can be moved. If all
boxes are set, a card can be placed upon any of the six cards to its left
(if the suit or rank are the same.) The default settings allow movement
upon the card immediately to the left or three cards to the left. Allowing
more distances increases the likelihood of victory.
- Screen Size
This option will shrink the interval between cards so all cards will fit in
the given screen size. If the gaps between cards are too small to easily determine the
identity of the buried cards, the scrollbar can be used to view all parts of
Click here for information about common options
- Version 2.0.0 (2002/12/03)
- Variable card sizes, backgrounds
and card backs added.
- Version 1.0 (2001/06/23)
- First public release