Beleaguered Castle Instructions

Version 2.0.0 (Dec 03 2002) Copyright © 1999-2005 Andrew Pipkin

JSolitaire home page:


The objective of Beleaguered Castle solitaire is to erode the "wall" stacks on the sides of the layout by placing their contents in the suit stacks in the middle. (Beleaguered Castle can be considered "FreeCell without free cells", but card stacks do not need to have alternating colors and the aces are already removed to compensate (partially) for the lack.)


There are two types of card stacks:

Moving Cards

To move a card, click on the card (which will highlight it) and then click on the destination. The following are valid moves:
  1. A card at the top of a stack can be moved to its corresponding suit stack if the rank of the card at the top of that stack is one less than the card's rank (Kings have a rank of 13, queens 12, jacks 11 and an ace has a rank of 1).

  2. The card at the top of a building stack can be moved to an empty building stack.

  3. A card can be moved from a building stack to another building stack if the card at the top of the destination stack has a rank one more than the card.

  4. Ordered cards at the top of a building stack can be moved to another building stack if there is a card in the ordered sequence which has a a rank one less than the card at the top of the destination stack. There must be an empty space for every moved card below the top card.

To move an ordered sequence of cards at the top of a stack to an empty building stack, first select all the ordered cards by clicking twice on the stack, then click the empty space. If there are fewer empty spaces than selected cards, the number of cards moved will equal the original number of empty spaces.

Right-clicking on a stack will move the its top card to an empty space, if present. If more than one card in the right-clicked stack has been selected, the selected cards will be moved to empty stacks until there are no more selected cards or there are no more empty stacks.

A card will be automatically moved to the suit stacks from the tops of the building stacks if the cards which might be placed on top of it are already in the suit stacks. Clicking undo will retract an automatic move.


Holding the shift key down while moving multiple cards will make the move even if there are not enough empty spaces.



Click here for information about common options and buttons


Version 2.0.0 (2002/12/03)
Variable card sizes, backgrounds and card backs added.
Version 1.00 (2000/02/08)
First public release