Black Hole Solitaire
Version 2.0.0 (Dec 03 2002) Copyright © 2001-2002 Andrew Pipkin
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The objective of black hole solitaire is for the "black hole", represented
by the ace of spades in the center of the layout, to consume the contents of
the 17 stacks surrounding it.
The black hole occupies the center of the layout and initially contains the
ace of spades. The black hole will accept a card if its rank is one greater
or one less than the rank of the card currently on top of it. The ranks wrap
around so an ace can be placed on a king and vice versa. The suits of the
cards are irrelevant. The game is won when all 51 cards have been captured
by the black hole.
The seventeen stacks surrounding the black hole all contain three cards at
the beginning of the game. These stacks do not accept any cards.
To move a card to the black hole, simply click on the stack. Only the top
card of a stack can be moved.
If two stacks of varying height have the same rank on top, usually remove the
card from the stack with more cards. Never move a card from a stack with only
one card if there is a stack with multiple cards with the identical rank on
At the start of a game find thirteen cards which are needed to complete
a cycle and determine whether adding cards to the black hole in ascending or
descending order makes more sense.
After 13, 26 and 39 cards have been sent to the black hole (the status bar
will read 39/13, 26/26 or 13/39) the order of ranks can be changed to
ascending to descending or vice versa. Changing the order at any other time
will result in an unwinnable game.
If adding cards in ascending order, try to remove cards from stacks which
have cards with greater ranks on top. If going in descending order, select
stacks which have greater ranks below.
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