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Pyramid Solitaire Card Game: Sum Cards to 13

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This is a solitaire game where players try to add pairs of cards up to a value of 13, starting at the bottom of the pyramid and working their way up.

  • Select kings, or any other two cards which sum to a value of 13.
  • As the base of the pyramid is removes players can work on cards higher up the pyramid.
  • When no group on the pyramid adds up to 13 you can select a card from the rest of the deck and use it to create a pair.





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Children and parents can play this sum to 13 solitaire card game by clicking in the window below.

Alternatively kids and adults can play this virtual card deck game for free as a web application here.

Classic Pyramid Solitaire Card Game Play Instructions

How to Play Pyramid Solitaire

Click on Kings (valued at 13) and click on pairs of cards which sum up to 13 to try to remove all cards from the pyramid starting with the exposed cards in the bottom row.

  • Starting the Game
    • Click on the blue and white play button at the bottom of the screen.
    • This will bring up the game overview help instructions. You can scroll through them using the left and right arrows near the instructions, or click the blue and white play button again to start the game.
    • The game welcome screen also has 3 buttons across the top with developer information, enter or exit full screen mode, and sound control.
  • Game Controls
    • Game goal
      • Remove all cards from the pyramid by joining cards which add up to 13.
        • The king by itself is 13.
        • The queen is 12. It pairs with an Ace.
        • The jack is 11. It pairs with a 2.
        • 10 and 3
        • 9 and 4
        • 8 and 5
        • 7 and 6
    • Mouse
      • Click on kings or pairs which add up to 13.
      • When no pairs can be made click the blue button with a white arrow on it to shuffle the deck of cards.
        • Unlike Microsoft solitaire this game does not have an undo button, so be careful not to double click and accidentally scroll past a card you need to play.
      • When you are at the end of the deck click the rounded arrow button to reshuffle.
    • Touchscreen
      • Use your finger like a mouse.
    • Scoring Rules
      • Each pair you make (or king you click) is worth 5 points.
      • You can score points from making pairs on the pyramid, pairs in the deck, or a combination of the two.
      • Each row you remove from the pyramid is also worth additional points.
        • The bottom row is 25 points.
        • The second row is 50 points.
        • The third row is 75 points.
        • The fourth row is 100 points.
        • The fifth row is 150 points.
        • The sixth row is 250 points.
        • The seventh row is 500 points.
      • The bottom left corner of the game shows your current score (exclusive of time bonus).
      • Finishing the game quickly can also score bonus points.
    • Level completion
      • When all the cards are removed from the pyramid you won.
      • You can shuffle through the deck up to three times. If you have already went through the deck 3 times and can not make any more plays and there are still cards left on the pyramid you lose. Underneath the cards at the bottom of the screen it shows how many deals you have left.
      • When you beat a game or lose it will show your score and offer buttons to replay another round or go back to the game’s welcome screen.
    • The bottom center of the screen shows how many deals you have left inclusive of the current deal up until the last card, then exclusive of the current deal.
    • Across the top of the game there are 5 buttons with the following functions: developer info, full screen mode, play advice, restart game, and quit game.
  • Strategy
    • The time limit encourages you to quickly work your way through this game.
    • In most cases it is generally better to make pairs off of cards that are on the pyramid rather than using cards from the deck, as you can go through the deck 3 times to revisit cards, but the pyramid is 7 levels deep.
      • In some cases it can be beneficial to look one or two rows up on the pyramid to see what pairs you will be able to make using those cards and which side of the pyramid you should work on first.
    • Using the deck to its full potential
      • If you know you will not be able to complete the pyramid then it can make sense to score a few extra points by making pairs from within the deck you shuffle through.
      • In other cases you may make pairs on the deck in order to access cards you have already went past so that they can be used on new parts of the pyramid which have been exposed.
    • No undo
      • This game does not have an undo button, so make sure you look the board over before eacy play.
  • Game Variations
    • This game has a number of variations.
      • Relaxed Pyramid: Games can be won with cards left in the stock.
      • Tut’s Tomb (aka King Tut): Players deal 3 cards at a time from the stock & can repeatedly shuffle through the deck. The remaining cards are dealt as 8 columns of 2 overlapping cards.
      • Apophis: Uses three waste piles.
      • Triangle: Cards are laid in an inverted pyramid.

Pyramid Solitaire Download

  • This game is a lightweight JavaScript web application. You can download it while at home or work over a wired or wifi internet connection.
    • The game will stay in your web browser of your desktop computer, laptop, tablet or Android or Apple cell phone even if you go offline.
    • The game can also be downloaded to your mobile phone over a cellular connection without needing to install an app on your device.

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Free Online Pyramid Solitaire Card Game Screenshot

Pyramid Solitaire Welcome Screen Screenshot.
Pyramid Solitaire Game Goal Instructions Screenshot.
Pyramid Solitaire King Instructions Screenshot.
Pyramid Solitaire Stock Pile Instructions Screenshot.
Pyramid Solitaire Game Screenshot.
Pyramid Solitaire You Lose Screenshot.
Pyramid Solitaire You Win Screenshot.

Mobile Friendly Cross Browser Support

This game is rendered in mobile-friendly HTML5, so it offers cross-device gameplay. You can play it on mobile devices like Apple iPhones, Google Android powered cell phones from manufactures like Samsung, tablets like the iPad or Kindle Fire, laptops, and Windows-powered desktop computers. All game files are stored locally in your web browser cache. This game works in Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and other modern web browsers.

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One comment on "Pyramid Solitaire Card Game: Sum Cards to 13"

  • Joey says:

    In this variant of solitaire, you must remove all the cards in the stack from the bottom up. To remove cards, make sure they add up to 13. You can remove the kings, valued at 13, by themselves. You can deal up to three times in a cycle. The game ends when you run out of valid moves, which can come at you without warning.

    This is a difficult if still fun card matching game that will keep you occupied for some time. Expect to start the game over several times before you win. Note that you need a hard refresh of your browser to get three new deals.

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