Eagle Wing Solitaire

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Eagle Wing Solitaire Help

Object of the Game

The object of Eagle Wing Solitaire is to build up by suit, the 4 Foundation piles until each pile has 13 cards. At the start of the game, a single card will be dealt to the 1st Foundation pile; that card will determine the Starting Rank of each of the Foundation piles. In building up by rank and suit, cards will "wrap-around" from high-rank to low-rank. (e.g. QUEEN, KING, ACE, TWO, THREE). The game is won when all the cards are moved to the Foundation piles.


The Foundation piles are the 4 piles at the top, and below that are the 8 Tableau piles forming a shallow V-shape (the wings of the eagle).

The pile in the bottom right corner of the playing area is the Reserve pile, and the pile in the bottom left corner is the Stock pile.


FOUNDATION : At the start of the game a card is dealt to the 1st Foundation pile. That card determines the Starting Rank for all of the Foundation piles. So if a 7 of HEARTS is dealt to the 1st Foundation pile, then the other Foundation piles will also have to start with a 7. (Different games of Eagle Wing will have a different Starting Rank for the Foundation piles.) Build a pile by ascending suit until you have all 13 cards of that suit. So if the 1st card is a 7 of HEARTS, then the other cards will all be hearts in the following order : {7, 8, 9, 10, JACK, QUEEN, KING, ACE, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6}. The other 3 Foundation piles will all be built the same way, except they will be of different suits. The game will auto-move any card of the Starting Rank to a Foundation pile when it is exposed and playable; so you don't have to remember from game-to-game what the Starting Rank is for that particular game.

TABLEAU : The top card of a Tableau pile can be played to a Foundation pile, or dragged onto another Tableau pile if it is of the same suit and one lower rank than the top card of that pile (e.g. on a 9 of Clubs, you can place an 8 of Clubs). When a Tableau pile becomes empty, a card from the Reserve pile is automatically moved to that empty pile. If there are no more cards in the Reserve pile, then the empty pile can be filled by the top card of any Tableau pile or the top card of the Waste pile.

RESERVE : At the start of the game, 13 cards are dealt to the Reserve pile. The top card of the pile is playable to a Foundation pile, or to a Tableau pile. When a Tableau pile becomes empty, the top card of the Reserve pile will automatically be moved to the empty pile.

STOCK : Cards in the Stock pile are played to the Waste pile one at a time by clicking on them. When the Stock pile is empty, click on the placeholder to move the Waste pile cards back to the Stock pile. According to the rules, there can be one redeal of the Stock pile; however, if you click on the Stock placeholder when there are no more redeals, you will be given the option to break the rules and redeal the Stock pile anyway.

WASTE : The current last card in the Waste pile is playable to the Tableau or the Foundation, and then the card underneath it (which now becomes the last card) then becomes playable. No cards from the Tableau or Foundation can be played onto the Waste pile.


Drag and drop to move a card from one pile to another. In addition to dragging and dropping to move a card to a Foundation pile, you can also double-click or right-click a card to auto-move it to the Foundation. Also, to auto-move all playable cards to the Foundation, double-click or right-click on any card in any Foundation pile. To temporarily move a Tableau card to the foreground in order to see what suit it is (this is not cheating), hold down the ALT key and then MouseDown on the card. When you MouseUp the card will move back to underneath the cards that came after it.

Menu Options

GAME : "Restart Game" will start the current game over from the beginning; that is, the cards will be re-dealt to the table without shuffling the deck. "New Game" will start a new game of Eagle Wing; that is, the deck will be shuffled and then dealt to the table. "Solitaire Games..." will take you to the home page of "Cheater Solitaire" where you can choose to play a different solitaire game.

OPTIONS / CHEATS : The "Starting Rank" item sets the starting rank for the Foundation piles. "Reserve Size" sets the number of cards that will be in the Reserve pile at the start of the game. "Tableau Size" sets the number of cards allowed in a Tableau pile. The "Block Dragging" item allows you to drag and drop a group of Tableau cards, instead of just one. (The group of cards must still follow the rules about what they can be dropped on).

PILE PEEKING : The "Pile Peeking" item tells you how to peek at the cards that are in the Stock pile or Reserve pile.

BACKGROUND : Here you can choose a background image for the table, and a background color for the rest of the window.

DECK : Here you can choose a different card deck. (NOTE : The "Small" deck was put in the game because it is easy to tell what a card is even when it is really small. Thus it is a good deck to use when playing on a computer with a small display, or if you have your browser window sized really small. Since cards will expand to fill the available space, the "Small" deck doesn't actually display smaller than the other card decks.)

HELP : Choose this to get the rules for the game, and also how to interact with the game.

UNDO MOVE : You can undo moves all the way back to the beginning of the game.


STARTING RANK : In the normal rules of "Eagle Wing", the first card in the deck is dealt to the Foundation, and its rank determines the starting rank. Thus the starting rank for a particular game is random. There may be times, however, where you want the starting rank to be chosen by you. For example, you might have just lost a game where the Foundation piles began with Jacks, and now you want to play another game where the Foundation piles begin with Jacks. Or maybe you just prefer to play "Eagle Wing" with the Foundation piles always starting with Aces. With this menu option you can choose the starting rank, or you can play by the normal rules and set the starting rank to "Random".

RESERVE SIZE : To make the game more challenging you can increase the number of cards that are dealt to the Reserve pile at the start of the game. If this is done mid-game, then you will be asked if you want to restart the game. If you choose "cancel" then the reserve size will not be changed. Alternately to make your own game, you can change the Reserve size to make the game harder, but then offset that difficulty by increasing the Tableau size, and/or allowing block dragging. (See if you can find a way to win with 21 cards in the Reserve pile!)


To help you win the game, the program gives you the opportunity to break the standard rules :

TABLEAU SIZE : According to the rules of "Eagle Wing," a maximum of 3 cards are allowed in any Tableau pile. You can make the game easier by increasing the number of cards allowed in a pile. Up to 7 cards can be allowed. You can also decrease the cards allowed to 2 or 1 which makes the game harder, and thus is not cheating. There is a variation of "Eagle Wing" where a Tableau pile can only contain one card, but 2 redeals of the stock are allowed. So if you change to only one Tableau card allowed, then you will be allowed 2 redeals.

UNDO : Don't like which card you picked to drag to another pile? Just undo that move (or moves) and pick another card. You can undo moves all the way back to the beginning of the game.

BLOCK DRAGGING : If you have a group of cards you want to move, but don't have enough empty piles to be able to move the cards one-at-a-time, you can enable block-dragging. Now you will be able to move that group of cards as though it was one card.

PEEKING : You can peek at what cards are in any pile by holding down the CTRL key, or the SHIFT key, and pressing MouseDown. A list of cards that are in that pile will display at the bottom of the "table" area. (NOTE : In Opera holding down CTRL and left-clicking will bring up the "SAVE AS" dialog. Instead, hold down the SHIFT key and left-click.)

STOCK REDEALS : When all the allowed redeals have been used, you can click on the Stock placeholder and be given the option to deal the Stock pile again.

NOTE : Holding down the ALT key and doing a MouseDown to temporarily bring a card to the foreground is not cheating. With some cards(in certain card decks) that are overlapped by other cards, you can not determine what suit they are. Alt-clicking on the card brings the card to the foreground which then enables you to tell that the card is an ACE of diamonds, not an ACE of hearts, for example.

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