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Willow Solitaire

Willow is an open game (all 52 cards are displayed face up at the beginning of the game). The objective is to move all cards to the four foundations by building them up by the same suit.

How to Play Willow

Build foundations up by the same suit. Fill empty foundations with Aces. Build tableaus down by alternating color. Move sequences built down by alternating color together. Fill empty tableaus with valid sequences. Build fans with equal rank regardless of suit.

Game Objective

The goal of Willow is to move all fifty-two cards to the foundation piles. You achieve this by building sequences of cards up by the same suit that start with an Ace and end with a King. You win when the four foundations each contain a complete sequence of thirteen cards.

Foundation Rules

  • There are four foundations.
  • The foundations are initially empty.
  • The foundations build up by the same suit.
  • For example the 4♠ may move onto the 3♠ and the 4♦ may move onto the 3♦. Starting with the 4♦ the following sequence may build on top 5♦ 6♦ 7♦ 8♦.
  • An Ace may move to an empty foundation.

Tableau Rules

  • There are seven tableaus.
  • Initially containing a Klondike layout with all cards face up.
  • The tableaus build down by alternating color.
  • For example the 7♠ may move onto the 8♦ and the 7♥ may move onto the 8♣. Starting with the 7♥ the following sequence may build on top 6♠ 5♦ 4♣.
  • Sequences of cards built down by alternating color may move together as a group.
  • Any card or valid sequence of cards may move together to fill an empty tableau.

Fan Rules

  • There are four fans.
  • Initially containing six cards face up in each fan.
  • The fans build with equal rank regardless of suit.
  • For example the J♠ may move onto the J♥, J♣ or the J♦.
  • The top card is movable.
  • Once empty the fans remain empty.

Similar Games

There are 2 games that have a similar play style to Willow:

  1. Muse - Adds seven cells and removes tableau_b. There are nine tableaus.
  2. Martha - No tableau_b. Empty foundations cannot be filled. Initially containing an Ace in each foundation. There are twelve tableaus. Initially containing four rows alternating between face down and up.