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Microsoft Solitaire Collection

Microsoft Solitaire Collection Achievement Guide

Guide By: Necrophage33
There are 40 achievements with a total of 1000 points.


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Overview:
- Estimated achievement difficulty: 5/10
- Offline: 31 [750]
- Online: 9 [250]
- Approximate amount of time to 1000: 80+ hours*
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: Multiple of numerous puzzles
- Missable achievements: None
- Does difficulty affect achievements: No. You can play all of the game types on the easiest difficulty for all of the achievements
- Unobtainable/glitched achievements: None
- Extra equipment needed: None

*This is assuming you're willing to change the date on your device to unlock all of the achievements related to daily challenges. If not, you're still going to spend at least 80 hours, but way more depending if you upgrade to Premium, but it will be over the course of one year.

Introduction:
Welcome to Microsoft Solitaire Collection, a free game for Windows 10 and one of the many Microsoft Casual Games out there. It has quite a bit of content: there are five game types - Klondike (classic Solitaire), Spider Solitaire, FreeCell, Pyramid, and TriPeaks - as well as the Star Club, which has many collections of different challenges for each of the five game types, and then Daily Challenge mode, which is a standard feature of all of the Microsoft Casual Games. There is a lot to do and enjoy if you're a fan of Solitaire games, especially for a free game. As far as achievements go, each of the five game types has two miscellaneous achievements and then two achievements for 10 and 100 games/boards completed, there are two achievements tied to completing challenges in the Star Club, and a bunch of achievements related to Daily Challenges that are standard with all of the Microsoft Casual Games. The Daily Challenges in this game are way slower than other casual games, so expect to put in quite a bit of time for this completion. Let's get started with the most efficient route possible.

Walkthrough:
As mentioned in the intro, there are five game types, and each one has two miscellaneous achievements, an achievement for 10 wins/boards, and one for 100 wins/boards. Unfortunately, none of the wins/boards you achieve during Star Club challenges or Daily Challenges count towards these achievements, meaning at some point you're going to have to grind out wins/boards in each of the five game types. These are completely independent of one another and the rest of the steps below, so feel free to do them whenever you have time. One other important thing to note is that difficulty does not matter for any of these achievements, so feel free to play on the easiest difficulty to make games as fast as possible.

Star Club

This is a completely separate section of the app where you can choose from many different collections of challenges to try to complete. You'll have to complete all challenges in an entire collection to earn both achievements, which will take a decent amount of time but isn't difficult. You're looking at at least a few hours to complete a whole collection, which will unlock the related two achievements for 70.

Daily Challenges

Daily Challenges are a separate game mode where five challenges, one per game type, are offered up each day, ranging in difficulty from easy to expert. Each challenge you complete awards you coins, and earning coins in each month unlocks bronze, silver, gold, and diamond badges. You'll need 12 bronze badges, 10 silver, 8 gold, and 1 diamond, plus you'll have to do every challenge in a single month. This will by far be the biggest time sink in this game, as it takes a while to do the challenges even when they're easy, and you need a lot of coins to earn the badges. The majority of your time spent with this game is going to be doing daily challenges.

One way to speed this up is to upgrade to Premium. For $2.00, you get double the coins in Daily Challenge mode and all ads removed. I highly recommend upgrading, as it will save you at least 20 hours of grinding daily challenges to unlock all the required badges, but it comes down to how much you value your time versus your money, and whether or not you think you'll actually enjoy doing all the daily challenges or not. One other important aspect of the Premium upgrade is that your Windows 10 device only stores the expiration date of your upgrade, not the date you bought it. Because of this, if you upgrade to Premium on September 1st, 2017, and your Premium expires on October 1st, 2017, all your device looks at is if it's before or after October 1st, 2017. This means when you change your date to past months to earn daily challenge badges, you will still get double coins for the Premium upgrade. This means a one month Premium upgrade gives you essentially an unending Premium bonus, making it even more worth it.

Earning all the required badges and completing all related achievements will earn you the 9 online achievements for 250.

Final Miscellaneous Mop Up

There are some general miscellaneous achievements, but they should all unlock by the time you finish everything else. If you still have any achievements left at this point, consult the guide for the relevant achievement solution.

Conclusion:
Microsoft Solitaire Collection is a great collection of different card games, with lots of different challenges at your disposal to work on, not to mention it's a free game. Unfortunately the unique fun miscellaneous achievements are earned pretty easily, and then the game quickly turns into a very long grindfest of playing challenges and games over and over again to unlock the long term achievements. Even with the Premium upgrade you're looking at a solid 50 hours of just daily challenges and completing 100 games/boards in each mode. That being said, the achievements themselves aren't difficult, with only a few being a little luck based, so the completion is readily attainable as long as you're willing to put the time in. If you are, congrats on a very long but well earned completion!

[XBA would like to thank Necrophage33 for this Roadmap]



First One's Free5
Flip over your first card.   (2) 

Refer to the "Flipping Out" achievement solution for more information.

Well Played10
Win your first Solitaire Game.   (1) 

This achievement will unlock upon winning your first game of either Klondike, Spider, or FreeCell on any difficulty. Since you'll need to win 100 games of each of those three games, this achievement will unlock naturally.

Jack Of All Trades20
Play 1 Game of Klondike, FreeCell, Spider, TriPeaks, and Pyramid.   (2) 

This achievement unlocks upon playing one game in each of the five game types, regardless of difficulty or whether you win or not. This achievement will unlock naturally while going for 100 wins/boards in each of the five games.

Flipping Out20
Flip over 10,000 cards.   (2) 

Refer to the "Flipping Out" achievement solution for more information.

Came To Play10
Play your first Daily Challenge.   (2) 

Refer to the "Strive for Perfection" achievement solution for more information.

Came To Win10
Win your first Daily Challenge.   (1) 

Refer to the "Strive for Perfection" achievement solution for more information.

Gimme 5!20
Play the Daily Challenge 5 days in a row.   (1) 

Refer to the "Marathon" achievement solution for more information.

Marathon40
Come back each day of an entire month and complete at least one Daily Challenge.   (3) 

As the achievement description says, you need to complete at least one daily challenge every day of a month on that day of the month. Keep in mind two important things: this must be a calendar month, not just 30 or 31 consecutive days; and you must do it from the first of the month to the last day of the month without skipping around.

Naturally you could just do this starting from the first of the month and log back in every day and do at least one daily challenge each day, but if you don't want to risk accidentally missing a day, it's much safer to simply change the date on your Windows 10 device to the 1st of an earlier month. Do at least one challenge that day, then change the date to the 2nd of the month. Repeat for every day of the month and the achievement will unlock after completing a daily challenge on the last day.

Note that it may be worth your while to combine this achievement with the "Strive for Perfection" achievement, which has you completing every daily challenge in an entire month. Since you have to do that anyway, might as well do them on all the actual day of the month to get this achievement too.

King Of The Hill10
Win 100 games of Klondike, Spider, or FreeCell.   (1) 

Note that wins in the Star Club and Daily Challenge modes (when you get the "Solve the deck" requirement) don't count towards this achievement unfortunately.

This achievement will come naturally while working on the "Blizzard of Bliss," "Web Surfing," and "Alcatraz Escape" achievements, since you'll need to win 100 games of each. This achievement requires a combined win total of 100 across all three games, so you'll unlock this achievement at the one-third point. Refer to each individual achievement listed above for more details about winning each game mode. As with all achievements, difficulty does not affect this achievement.

Good To Be King20
Play a game of TriPeaks and Pyramid in which a King is the last card you remove from a board.   (1) 

As the achievement description says, you need to complete a board in both TriPeaks and in Pyramid in which a King is the last card you remove from the board.

Unfortunately you're stuck waiting for the game to automatically generate a board in which a King is at the peak so you can remove it last. At least with Pyramid games, you can see all the cards, so you can keep starting a new game until you get a board with a King at the top. With TriPeaks you'll have to just hope one of the peaks ends up being a King when you flip it over.

Thankfully you'll almost definitely run into this situation in both game types well before clearing 100 boards in each for the respective achievements. I actually unlocked this achievement before even finishing 10 boards of each, so it should come naturally and you shouldn't have to focus on it. For Pyramid especially, if a King is at the peak, you'll be set. For TriPeaks, if you flip a peak card and it's a King, just make a conscious effort to save it for last.

One other thing to make sure that when there is a King at the peak, that you can successfully complete the board, is to make sure you opt to get a wild card at the start of the game. If you upgrade to Premium, you will get this option before every game. If you don't, it'll be every few games. Keep the wild card for a board where a King is at the peak, that way if the cards don't align such that the King can be eliminated last, you can use the wild card to try to force the King to be last. Remember, if it doesn't work out, undo to before you used the wild card and save it for the next board.

Classic Speed Run20
Get your fastest win times in Klondike, Spider, and FreeCell to add up to 10 minutes or less.   (2) 

This is one of the tougher achievements in the game, and will definitely take a little practice along with some luck. As with all achievements, you can play on easy to make the games as simple as possible. You should definitely be playing 1-suit games of Spider so you can put it on easy. Also, it should go without saying, but always choose to play a solvable game so you don't waste time on a potentially unsolvable one.

The best advice I can give is to not spend much if any time thinking about your next move. Especially in Spider where you will constantly have options of which card to put on which stack. Just move through, constantly making any available move. On Easy difficulty, it's very unlikely that you'll get stuck anyway.

Klondike is the easiest since your options are pretty limited anyway and you're just following the cards you're given. Move an available move as soon as you see it and don't think about which to make. Again, play on easy so you only have one card from the draw pile at a time. You can spend time putting up cards to the foundation manually, but I highly recommend focusing on getting all of the cards flipped and from the stock pile to stacks on the bottom. Once you do this (no more unflipped cards and no cards left in the stock pile) you will get a "Solve" button right next to the stock pile. When you press this button, cards will shoot up to the fountain much faster than if you were doing it yourself, so your goal should be to get to this situation as fast as possible, and not try to put cards to the foundation unless it's required to progress. For a time to shoot for, my fastest Klondike time is somewhere just under 2 minutes.

Spider is the slowest of the three game modes, since you have multiple decks of cards to clear instead of just one. As noted above, the most important thing for Spider is to not overthink your moves. Make any move available with the goal of completing stacks as fast as possible, and don't spend time looking for any available moves left. As soon as there is nothing immediately obvious left to do, immediately draw a round of the extra cards and keep going. This will be the hardest game type to get a low time on. It took me a bunch of tries, and my best time is now just over 4 minutes, to give you some sort of target to shoot for.

FreeCell can really be a toss-up as to how long it will take to finish. Just like Klondike though, your goal should be to get all cards ordered in stacks on the bottom, because then they will automatically shoot up to the foundation. Also be sure to take cards out of the cells too, because they shoot up faster if all cards are in the bottom area instead of having some in cells. As far as working through a game quickly, don't hesitate to use the cells as much as possible. Your goal is to make ordered stacks on the bottom. Cards going to the foundation will happen naturally as you go. Move quickly and don't overthink moves. To give you a time to shoot for, my best is just over 2 minutes.

Once your combined best times add up to less than 10 minutes, the achievement will unlock. To check your best times, from the Home screen or main menu, go to Statistics and you can see your best win time for each game mode.

“Board” Yet?10
Clear 100 Boards from TriPeaks or Pyramid.   

Note that boards in the Star Club and Daily Challenge modes (when you get the "Clear X boards" requirement) don't count towards this achievement unfortunately.

This achievement will come naturally while working on the "Extreme Altitude" and "Golden Pharaoh" achievements, since you'll need to clear 100 boards in each game. This achievement requires a combined total of 100 cleared boards across both games, so you'll unlock this achievement at the halfway point. Refer to each individual achievement listed above for more details about clearing boards in each game mode. As with all achievements, difficulty does not affect this achievement.

Go for the Bronze20
Win 12 Bronze Daily Challenge badges.   (2) 

Refer to the "Go for the Gold" achievement solution for more information.

Go for the Silver30
Win 10 silver Daily Challenge badges.   (2) 

Refer to the "Go for the Gold" achievement solution for more information.

Go for the Gold50
Win 8 Gold Daily Challenge badges.   (4) 

Each month allows you to unlock one of each type of daily challenge badge, meaning you'll have to earn the 8 gold badges over 8 months, 10 silver badges over 10 months, and 12 bronze over 12 months. So it will take a total of 12 calendar months to earn the required badges for these achievements. You could earn a badge as each month comes up, or to speed things up, change the date on your Windows 10 device to the last day of the months to have access to all daily challenges for that month, then complete whichever ones you prefer.

Here are the requirements for each of the badges:

Bronze - 3000
Silver - 9000
Gold - 17000
Diamond - 25000

As you can see, getting a gold badge will take a lot of coins.

One way to speed this up is to upgrade to Premium. For $2.00, you get double the coins in Daily Challenge mode and all ads removed. I highly recommend upgrading, as it will save you at least 20 hours of grinding daily challenges to unlock all the required badges, but it comes to how much you value your time versus your money, and whether or not you think you'll actually enjoy doing all the daily challenges or not. One other important aspect of the Premium upgrade is that your Windows 10 device only stores the expiration date of your upgrade, not the date you bought it. Because of this, if you upgrade to Premium on September 1st, 2017, and your Premium expires on October 1st, 2017, all your device looks at is if it's before or after October 1st, 2017. This means when you change your date to past months to earn daily challenge badges, you will still get double coins for the Premium upgrade. This means a one month Premium upgrade gives you essentially an unending Premium bonus, making it even more worth it.

With the Premium upgrade, it will still take around a third of the challenges to reach gold (so at least 50 challenges) and double that without Premium, so you're looking at a ton of challenges each month to earn the required badges.

As far as the challenges themselves, refer to the "Strive for Perfection" achievement solution for more information.

Diamonds are Forever30
Win a diamond Daily Challenge badge.   (6) 

Refer to the "Strive for Perfection" achievement solution for more information.

Strive for Perfection40
Complete every Daily Challenge in a month.   (3) 

This will be the hardest achievement in the game because you'll have to do every challenge for a month, meaning you're guaranteed a bunch of expert challenges in each game type, which can be tough. Every day has five challenges, one per each of the five game types, and the challenges can range from easy to expert. Thankfully the challenges are not random and are the same every time, so if you fail one, when you retry it will always be the same challenge, allowing you to change your approach each time instead of starting from scratch each time you retry.

As far as how hard and expert difficulties affect the game types, for Klondike you'll be getting three cards at a time from the stock pile instead of one. This changes the strategy so you can't only focus on flipping cards on the board; you also need to get access to cards in the stacks of three from the stock pile. There will definitely be some trial and error here. For Spider, you'll be playing with at least two suits, but sometimes four suits for expert. Thankfully it's very unlikely you'll have to solve the deck, but if you haven't played with two or four suits yet, this could take some practice to work through. For FreeCell, Pyramid, and TriPeaks, there is no change to gameplay, just harder layouts.

Here are the different types of challenges:

"Solve the Deck" / "Clear X boards in Y deals" - these challenges are basically the same as playing any normal game of any of the game modes, so you should work through them the same way you'd work through any normal game.

"Play the X to the foundation" - you'll get these in Klondike and FreeCell challenges. For the easy and medium difficulty ones, you can typically just focus on the card(s) needed without playing through the deck evenly. For hard and expert though, especially for FreeCell, you're likely going to have to work through the deck like normal, playing as though you're trying to solve the deck

"Earn a score of X" - these show up for all game types except FreeCell. For Pyramid, you won't be doing anything different than when you try to complete a board like normal. For TriPeaks, you should be going for the longest combos you can find since that's where the bulk of your score will come from. For Klondike, you get some points for stacking cards on the bottom but more for adding cards to the foundation, so focus on bringing as many cards down from the stock and adding to the foundation. Spider is a little different than the rest. You lose a point every time you make a move, including undoing, and you get 100 points for every stack you complete, so the goal is to complete stacks in as few moves as possible, but you really don't have to worry much about making too many moves and losing score.

"Finish X stacks" - this one is specific to Spider and only requires you to complete stacks. Since that's what you do to win Spider games anyway, there really aren't any different strategies here

"Clear X Ys in Z deals" - these are specific to Pyramid and TriPeaks where you have to remove a set number of a specific card from the board. For TriPeaks if you just focus on completing the board like normal, you will complete this challenge as fast as possible anyway. The only difference with Pyramid is that if the card you need to eliminate is in the stock pile and not on the board, you should try to match them in the stock/waste piles where possible, otherwise you'll have to go through additional boards to find more of the cards you need

General strategies for each challenge don't change much from completing each game type like you normally would, aside from the hard and expert Klondike challenges which use three stock cards at a time. There really isn't a way around the Expert challenges to unlock this achievement. Some of them I spent 15-20 minutes on a single challenge trying to figure it out. Thankfully you only have to do this once, and then for the badges for the remaining months, you can skip harder challenges in game types you struggled with.

Once you've completed all 155ish challenges for the month, the achievement will unlock.

Become a Star30
Complete an entire pack of challenges in the Star Club.   (3) 

Refer to the "Become a Superstar" achievement solution for more information.

Become a Superstar40
Complete an entire collection of challenges in the Star Club.   (2) 

To unlock this achievement, you'll have to complete (earn every star) in an entire collection in the Star Club. There are a lot of collections to choose from, but in terms of getting this achievement done as quickly as possible, the fewer stars, the better. Each challenge gives you one star regardless of difficulty.

There is the 25th Anniversary collection with only 40 stars, which is the smallest one, but every challenge in that collection is an expert challenge. If you're confident in your abilities, feel free to work through this collection, but I preferred to go with the "Easy" mixed collection. This is the second collection in the Mixed collection group, and has 80 stars to earn (so 80 challenges). I know it is way more than the former collection, but they're all very easy so you can move through them much faster than expert challenges.

In this Easy Mixed collection, there are 8 challenges for each of the 5 game types, and then a second tier of another 8 challenges for each of the 5 game types. Completing one pack of 8 challenges will unlock the "Become a Star" achievement, and you'll get a gold crown on that pack. You'll have to complete all 10 packs (so all 80 of these challenges) to unlock the achievement.

As for the challenges themselves, they are the same types of challenges you'll be doing for the Daily Challenges, so refer to the "Strive for Perfection" achievement solution for more information on how to complete each challenge.

Snowfall Success20
Win 10 Klondike games.   (1) 

Refer to the "Blizzard of Bliss" achievement solution for more information.

Blizzard of Bliss30
Win 100 Klondike games.   (4) 

Note that wins in the Star Club and Daily Challenge modes (when you get the "Solve the deck" requirement) don't count towards this achievement unfortunately.

To make this as fast as possible, you should be playing a solvable deck on easy difficulty. Another important thing is that when you flip every card on the board and use all cards from the stock and waste piles, you'll get a "Solve" button by the waste pile. Pressing this button makes all the cards shoot up to the foundation much faster than doing it manually. So your goal for each game should be to get all cards stacked from King to 2/3 on the bottom of the board and then press the Solve button. You can add cards to the foundation to proceed but don't bother unless you have to.

As far as winning games quickly, prioritize flipping all of the cards on the bottom of the board first. On easy difficulty, you get one card at a time from the stock pile, so there's no need to use the stock cards except to help flip all the bottom cards. Also, since you're playing on easy, the chances of you getting stuck with no more moves is very unlikely, so don't bother stopping to decide what move to make. Just make every move as soon as you see it.

Your fastest time will likely be somewhere around 2 minutes (that's where mine is), so you're looking at a solid 200 minutes just to complete 100 games, or over 3 hours. Try to break this up a bit so you don't go crazy from playing Klondike nonstop for hours.

The achievement will unlock upon completing your 100th game.

Mining for Gold30
In Klondike, use 5 or more cards in the waste pile before making another draw.   (1) 

This is one that definitely won't come naturally and will take some conscious effort to set up, as well as some luck with card set-up. What you have to do is use 5 cards in a row from the waste pile (aka the discard pile) with no other moves in between.

It's tough to set this up on purpose in any game, since you really are relying on luck with the card setup. A better method is, since you have to win 100 games of Klondike anyway for the "Blizzard of Bliss" achievement, keep alert for a possibility of doing this achievement in each game you play. Play like normal, and watch out for instances where you end up using a bunch of cards from the stock in a row. After you use five in a row, Undo back to before you used them, then turn them all over into the waste (discard) pile, and then use five cards in a row from the waste pile.

You'll have to just be patient with this achievement and keep it in the back of your head while winning Klondike games. You will definitely come across multiple opportunities over the 100 games you win, just stay alert.

The achievement will unlock immediately upon meeting the requirements.

Ice Castle30
In Klondike, play the Jack, Queen, and King of any suit to the foundation with no moves in-between.   (4) 

This one is easy just as long as you don't press the "Solve" button once you've flipped every card and used all the cards from the stock pile. What you have to do is put the Jack, Queen, and then King of the same suit onto the foundation (in the upper right) in a row with nothing else in between. This means that not only do you need to put cards on the foundation manually, but you also need to arrange the cards on the bottom such that you have access to an entire suit. This achievement is really just a matter of making a conscious effort to do this, and then you can do it at the end of any Klondike game before you finish.

Itsy-Bitsy Spider20
Win 10 Spider games.   (1) 

Refer to the "Web Surfing" achievement solution for more information.

Web Surfing30
Win 100 Spider games.   (1) 

Note that wins in the Star Club and Daily Challenge modes (when you get the "Solve the deck" requirement) don't count towards this achievement unfortunately.

It should go without saying that you should be playing solvable 1-suit games on easy difficulty to make this as fast as possible, but it will still be relatively slow since Spider games take longer than the others. Once you get the hang of it though, you'll realize it's pretty tough to fail at a Spider game on easy, and you don't need to spend much if any time deciding on your next move. Make all the available moves you see right away, and then add the next layer of cards right away.

No matter how you do it, you're looking at multiple hours for this achievement alone. My fastest Spider time is around 4 minutes, meaning 400 minutes to unlock this achievement, or over 6 hours. This one will be the biggest grind of the five game modes but at least on easy there isn't much to worry about. Just try to break up the grind a bit so you don't go insane spending multiple hours nonstop playing Spider.

2-Piece Silk Suit20
Win a 2-suit game of Spider.   (2) 

This one is straightforward enough. You just have to win a single 2-suit game of Spider. When playing with two suits, the lowest difficulty is Hard, but don't be daunted by this. It isn't much harder, although it does take some adjusting when you're used to one suit.

The main tip is to try to keep each suit together. If you have to stack differing suits, make sure not to make them too long and varied or you might get screwed later. And also keep an eye out at all times for situations where you can "trade" stacks to match suits back up. It may take a few games to get used to a strategy, but in general it's pretty easy and shouldn't take more than a few games to win one.

Entangled40
Win a game of Spider Solitaire by first drawing all of the extra cards before making a move.   (1) 

This is one of the tougher achievements in the game, mainly because you're completely relying on the luck of the draw (literally) when you draw all of the extra cards.

What you need to do is start a game of Spider (solvable, 1-suit, on easy, to make it easier), and then immediately tap all of the extra cards in the lower right before making any moves. This will fully populate the board, and now you just have to win the game. This is where the luck comes in, since you have to get lucky that enough moves are even possible with all those extra cards to even be able to make progress. This is one of those achievements that you could get lucky and win right away, or it could take hours of trying. Thankfully it only took me around a dozen games to get a workable set-up, but you really just have to keep trying over and over until things are aligned. Just remember that if you have more than one option for where to move a card, try each one with the Undo feature to see what works best, and don't give up until you've tried every possibility.

Get Out of Jail Free20
Win 10 FreeCell games.   (3) 

Refer to the "Alcatraz Escape" achievement solution for more information.

Alcatraz Escape30
Win 100 FreeCell games.   (2) 

Note that wins in the Star Club and Daily Challenge modes (when you get the "Solve the deck" requirement) don't count towards this achievement unfortunately.

Full credit to Geoffistopheles for the following excellent shortcut to finishing FreeCell games very quickly:

When you load up a FreeCell games, if you go to Game Options in the upper left, the first field lets you input a game layout to play a specific card layout. Enter 10913 and click Play. You're going to play this specific FreeCell layout over and over. Once you learn the steps to complete this board, you can finish it incredibly fast. My best time is 8 seconds, but average is probably 12 seconds or so. This is way faster than spending 2-3 minutes trying to solve a random layout each time. Here are the specific steps to take to solve it:

1) 5 of diamonds to the 6 of spades
2) 4 of clubs to the 5 of diamonds
3) 10 of clubs to Jack of hearts
4) 8 of spades to 9 of hearts
5) 9 of diamonds to cell
6) Jack of hearts to empty column
7) 7 of diamonds to 8 of spades
8) 6 of spades to 7 of diamonds
9) 6 of diamonds to cell
10) 6 of hearts to 7 of spades
11) 5 of spades to 6 of hearts
12) 4 of hearts to foundation
13) 5 of hearts to foundation
14) 4 of diamonds to 5 of spades
15) 8 of hearts to 9 of spades
16) Queen of hearts to empty column
17) King of clubs to cell
18) Queen of clubs to cell
19) 9 of spades to foundation

It may seem complicated but you'll quickly get the hang of it and memorize the steps, then just rinse and repeat over and over. You'll get faster over time, and this should allow you to finish 100 games in close to an hour.

The achievement will unlock upon completing your 100th game.

On Parole30
In FreeCell, win a game where you never had more than 2 cards in the cells at any given time.   (3) 

As the description says, you'll need to win a FreeCell game while making sure to never put more than two cards in the cells in the upper left section at any one time. Naturally you should be doing this in a solvable deck on easy difficulty to make it as easy as possible.

This achievement isn't as bad as it sounds. I got it on my first try, but I'm guessing it involves some luck of the card layout, like other achievements. You're just going to have to make a conscious effort to stack as many cards on the bottom as possible and only put a card or two in the cells if absolutely necessary to progress, or if you are uncovering a card to bring them right back down.

As long as you make it a point to meet the requirements of this achievement, it's easily doable within a couple games.

Guard Duty30
Win a game in which you never had more than 7 cards in a column at any one time.   (9) 

This may sound tough but isn't that bad as long as you make a conscious effort to do this. There will also be some luck of the card layout that will come into play. Lastly, you should naturally be playing on easy to make this as easy as possible.

When you start up a game of FreeCell, the left half of the board has 7 cards in each column and the right half has 6 cards in each column. As the description says, you need to win a game without ever having more than 7 cards in a single column. This means that from the start, you can only use the right columns and the cells to get going.

There really isn't a whole lot to say in terms of tips. I got this one first try, but you'll have to get lucky with card layout, and then make a conscious effort to keep track of how many cards are in each column. Once you finish the game, the achievement will unlock if you met the requirements.

Low Altitude20
Clear 10 TriPeaks boards.   (1) 

Refer to the "Extreme Altitude" achievement solution for more information.

Extreme Altitude30
Clear 100 TriPeaks boards.   (3) 

Note that boards in the Star Club and Daily Challenge modes (when you get the "Clear X boards" requirement) don't count towards this achievement unfortunately.

If you have the Premium upgrade (which I highly recommend for the Daily Challenge badges), then you'll be asked at the start of each game if you'd like a wild card or an extra deal. If you don't have Premium, you'll be asked this every few games. Always choose the wild card. There is no point to an extra deal, since you can just start a new game and that's the same as a new deal. Save the wild card for situations where you only have one or two cards left on the board, then use the wild card only if it will guarantee you a completed board. If you use it and you still can't complete the board for some reason, undo to back before you used the wild and save it.

As far as strategies for completing boards:

- Go for the longest combo you can get to eliminate as many cards per card from the stock as you can.

- If you have two options to make, choose one and then Undo and choose the other and see which gives you the best result. By that I mean if you have two Jacks to choose from, pick one, Undo, and then pick the other. If one has a 10 underneath, use the 10 to remove the second Jack. That's an easier example of how to prioritize which one to pick. Another example is if you have two Jacks, and under one is a 4 and the other is an 8. Neither may seem useful now, but see what other cards are left on the board. If there is a 7 or 9, then choose the Jack that gives you the 8 so you have cards that you can combo.

- Another type of decision you'll have to make is, for example, you have a 9 and there is an 8 or a 10 to choose from next. Your first choice should be whichever option gives you the bigger combo, BUT when you run out of moves, watch what card flips next on the deck. So if you have a 9 and go with the 10 instead of the 8, finish your combo, but then if you flip the next card on the deck and it's a 7, then you should probably Undo, use the 9 on the 10 instead, and then use the 7 on the 8 to get rid of both.

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In TriPeaks, take 14 cards off the board in a row without using the stock.   (2) 

As the description says, you'll need a 14-card combo without stopping to use the stock pile. Obviously you'll be starting with the stock pile, but then you need to tap off 14 cards in a row.

This one is pretty tough to have happen naturally, since 14 cards is over half of the board, and you're completely relying on luck of the cards. One thing you can do to expedite this process is to choose to start with a wild card at the start of each game. If you have the Premium upgrade, you'll be prompted before each game, otherwise you'll only get it every few games. Even with a wild card, you're still going to have to wait for the cards to be set up perfectly.

The October 1st 2017 TriPeak daily challenge is perfect for this. Load it up, and right from the start of the first board you can take 19 cards off the board in a row: Ace, King, Queen (either), Jack, Queen (the other), Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4 (the middle one), 3, 2, Ace, King, Ace, King.

The achievement will unlock immediately upon eliminating the 14th card.

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In TriPeaks, clear a board where your last three cards cleared are at the top of each peak.   (2) 

As the description says, you need to complete a board in TriPeaks where the last three cards removed from the board are the three peaks of each pyramid.

It is almost a guarantee that this will happen at some point along the way of clearing 100 boards for the "Extreme Altitude" achievement. As of my being halfway done with that achievement, I've had this happen to me at least 4 times. It may sound somewhat luck-based, and technically it is, but you shouldn't have to worry about it happening.

If you want to force it, when playing a game of TriPeaks you'll be asked if you want a wild card or an extra deal (you'll get this before every game if you upgrade to Premium, but only every few games if you don't). Always choose the wild card; the extra deal is pointless. With the wild card, you can save it, and purposely leave the peak of each pyramid until last, and in case the cards don't align to eliminate all three peaks, you've got the wild card to remove a card. If you use the wild card and it doesn't work out, you can always Undo to back before you used the wild and save it for the next deal and try again.

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Clear 10 Pyramid boards.   (1) 

Refer to the "Golden Pharaoh" achievement solution for more information.

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Clear 100 Pyramid boards.   

Note that boards in the Star Club and Daily Challenge modes (when you get the "Clear X boards" requirement) don't count towards this achievement unfortunately.

This achievement is a pain, because not only do the Star Club and Daily Challenge boards not count, which would make this way faster, but when playing Pyramid you aren't guaranteed a solvable set-up. This can make it very frustrating to work through a board to only find out that there was no way to solve it. I highly recommend reviewing each board as soon as you open it and see it there is anything obvious indicating it's not solvable. For example, if you see all four 8s are buried near the peak of the pyramid and there is a 5 under them, and there's no way to get to that 5 without removing all of the 8s, then it's unsolvable. Just flip through the deck three times and start a new deal.

As far as completing decks, if you have the Premium upgrade (which I highly recommend for the Daily Challenge badges), then you'll be asked at the start of each game if you'd like a wild card or an extra deal. If you don't have Premium, you'll be asked this every few games. Always choose the wild card. There is no point to an extra deal, since you can just start a new game and that's the same as a new deal. Save the wild card for situations where you only have one or two cards left in the pyramid, then use the wild card only if it will guarantee you a completed board. If you use it and you still can't complete the board for some reason, undo to back before you used the wild and save it.

As far as general strategies, this game takes a little getting used to for what works best and how to manipulate the cards. Here are some general tips:

- Making matches with pairs on the pyramid should always take priority over using a card from the stock/waste pile.

- Try to plan out matches on the pyramid. For example, if you have a 10 on the pyramid and two 3s to potentially match it with, look what's under each 3. If there is another 10 under one of them, match with that 3, and then make another match with the 10 underneath and the second 3.

- This one seems minor but can be very important. As you're cycling through the stock cards, you'll often come across a card in the stock pile that is matchable with the card in the waste pile. When this happens, review the pyramid. If you don't see any places where you'll need these cards, match them immediately to get rid of them. For example, if you flip past a 3 and a 10 comes up, review the pyramid. If there aren't any 10s or 3s left in the pyramid, match these two cards in the stock and waste piles. It may seem pointless at first glance because it isn't helping remove cards from the pyramid, but eliminating unneeded cards from the stock pile brings other cards in the stock pile closer together, meaning that if you're matching stock cards with pyramid cards, if your matchable cards stay visible, it could save you another pass through the stock pole, and since you only get three passes, that could mean clearing the board. It's hard to explain this in words so I'll give an example: you have two cards left in the pyramid - an 8 on top of a 2, so you need to use a 5 and then a Jack to clear the board, and you're on your last pass through the stock. While going through the stock, you pass the Jack first, but you can't use it until you use a 5. Then you pass a 10, then a 3, and finally a 5. At this point it'd seem like it's too late, since you can't cycle back again to get that Jack. But if you match the 10 and 3 when they're on the stock and waste piles, now the Jack is on the waste pile and the 5 is on the stock pile, so you can match the 5 and 8, and then immediately match the Jack and 2 to complete the board. This situation may sound rare or trivial when you read this, but over the course of 100 boards and the challenges, this has saved me many times.

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Remove cards from the pyramid using the top three cards of the waste pile.   (3) 

To unlock this achievement, you need to remove three cards from the pyramid in a row using three cards from the waste pile (aka the discard pile, in the bottom right of the screen).

Refer to the "Careful Excavation" achievement solution for more information. Your strategy will essentially be the same as for that achievement, except that once you've got three cards in a row in the stock pile that pair with cards on the pyramid, move them all into the waste pile and use the third card first, using all three in a row from the waste pile.

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In Pyramid, remove at least 3 cards in a row using only the stock pile.   (1) 

This one will almost definitely come naturally while working on completing 100 boards for the "Golden Pharaoh" achievement. To unlock this achievement, you need to remove three cards from the pyramid using cards from the stock pile at the bottom left of the screen where you draw cards from (the discard pile on the bottom right is called the waste pile). In other words, make three matches in a row from the stock deck without turning any cards over in between, and don't make any matches where both cards are on the pyramid.

This one is technically luck based, since you need the cards to be set up properly, but it can be set up (if you don't want to rely on it happening naturally while working on your 100 boards) by scrolling through the stock pile for cards that will match with available cards on the pyramid. You'll then have to search for three in a row that will match. If you find ones that are close, you can try to match away cards in between so the ones you're after are consecutive. Remember that you can match a card on the stock pile with a card on the waste pile to eliminate them both. Also remember that you can use the Undo function if you make a mistake, or find a better way to coordinate this. You can also set this up, unlock the achievement, and then undo back to before you did it if doing this achievement screwed up the possibility of solving the board you're on.

Don't stress too much over this achievement, because as I said, it will almost assuredly happen while working toward 100 boards. At a minimum, you will definitely encounter situations where this is possible. Just make sure to keep alert for an opportunity.

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Play a game of Pyramid with the timer turned on   (1) 

Upon starting a game of Pyramid, pull up the menu in the upper left corner and choose Game Options. The first option is to turn on timed mode. Select this to turn on timed mode. It will automatically start a new Pyramid game for you. Now simply finish a game (let the timer run out) and the achievement will unlock when you're done, regardless of whether you clear any boards or not.


 
 
 
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