Thursday, February 10, 2022

From Ancient History to Rock Star Fans – Check out Checkers  

It’s a brand-new year and great to once again be looking forward to all the new and exciting things coming up in the next twelve months. Here at TreeCardGames, we’re thrilled to be expanding our range to include the ever-popular Checkers (also known as Draughts) in our collection, but while Checkers might be new to our catalog, the game itself has been around longer than you probably think.  

Here are a few fun facts about the history of Checkers (Draughts) you might not know already– 

What’s in a name?

So, is it Checkers - or is it Draughts? What you call it depends (these days) on where in the world you come from - Checkers is the US name for the game, and Draughts is the British, although both versions are played in the same way. However, the game itself has been around for thousands of years, with antique versions having been discovered dating back to 4000BC. Throughout history, early versions of Checkers have been known by other names. Originating in the Middle East and played globally, variations on the name include - Alquerque, Quirkat, and Fierges. Despite this, little has changed in the way that it is played or how it looks. The version we know and love today is still strikingly similar to a version found by archaeologists in what was once Ancient Mesopotamia. A few new rules have been added since then, but this is essentially still the pastime enjoyed by many of our earliest ancestors!

 Famous Fans – From Philosophers to US Generals

Checkers has been beloved the world over, partly thanks to being a favorite hobby of some of history’s most influential people. The Greek writer Homer mentioned the game being played in the palaces of Ulysses in the epic poem Odyssey, written in the 8th century. Historical evidence suggests that both Napoleon Bonaparte and the Duke of Wellington enjoyed playing, and US General Ulysses S. Grant praised the checkers as being good for sharpening the mind. More recently, U2 front man Bono has confessed to enjoying a game or two of draughts – his opponent? None other than former Take-That singer Robbie Williams, another celebrity board-game super-fan. 

Checkers Champion of the World

As with many other popular strategy-based games, Checkers has seen a select few players rise to become world champions. Mathematician Marion Franklin Tinsley was considered one of the greatest competitors in history and was called the ‘Beethoven of the checkers’. World champion for almost twenty years, Dr. Tinsley claimed to have spent more than 10,000 hours studying the game while at graduate school. Tinsley once famously defeated the Chinook computer program. Lead programmer for Chinook, Jonathan Schaeffer, calculated that Dr. Tinsley was able to see an incredible 64 moves ahead, allowing him to easily win. 

An ideal choice for players of all ages, checkers is a great introduction to games that promote mathematics, strategy, and planning. While we’re certainly not suggesting you spend 10,000 hours learning how to mastermind your moves like Dr. Tinsley, with a simple layout and easy-to-follow rules,

Checkers is a game we recommend everyone try. Don’t forget to check back regularly for news and updates on and to learn more about the games we love to share with you.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

‘Benefits of Computer Gaming’

Whether you are still in school, a student, busy parent, working full time, or a retiree, chances are you might have indulged in an online puzzle or shuffled a deck of cards or two now and again. In the past, computer gaming might have been considered the territory of the stereotypical gamer teenager. However, things have changed in recent years. Studies show that more people of retirement age, for example, are playing online than ever before. Playing games is one of the most common ways to relax, unwind and spend downtime – but did you know studies show there are massive cognitive benefits to this popular pastime?

Sudoku, for example, is an activity that has surged in demand over the past decade. While playing Sudoku cannot promise to make you smarter or the next Albert Einstein, it does promote increased focus and concentration. Both of which are important for healthy brain function.

A puzzle game that requires a logical approach, Sudoku can also help you practice critical thinking and decision-making. Playing is also relaxing - after all, there is a reason people have been enjoying this particular game for over forty years. Solving complex challenges - like mathematical problems, visual challenges, or word scrambles - encourages the brain to improve pattern recognition. When we do these activities, we help create structures and systems, something that reduces stress, anxiety and encourages relaxation. Think of it as creating order out of chaos!

Of course, when it comes to keeping our brains active, it is also vital to help promote healthy memory function. Plenty of games rely on memorizing or seeking out images or sequences such as match puzzles and Match 3. Alternatively, if you prefer something that offers the nostalgia of a traditional classic, tile-matching game Mahjong offers similar benefits.

Other pastimes like card games Solitaire, Hearts, and FreeCell are also particularly beneficial for mental wellbeing. Everyone loves the challenge of accomplishing a goal or beating the odds. There is nothing quite like the feeling of satisfaction when you score a personal best or find the answer to a previously unsolved problem. Completing puzzles and games releases dopamine – a neurotransmitter that stimulates the mood and helps you feel happier and more relaxed.

Not only this but, because these games can be played alone and at any time, engaging in them actively promotes routine. Beginning your day with half an hour of puzzling after breakfast or while you enjoy your coffee can be a great way to kick-start any morning.

Why not try out one of TreeCardGames' many packages and see if you can feel the difference? Enjoyable, easy-to-learn, and with a great range of choices, meaning you can try them all to find your new favorite.

Good for your mind, good for your mood, and just plain good fun - what could be better?

Monday, November 29, 2021


The most popular card games: Klondike, Spider, and FreeCell 

Card games have long been a popular pastime, with their early history dating back to 9th century China and their popularity surging in the 1800s. There have been many variations on the card games we know and love today, but some remain firm and longstanding favorites. Solitaire games, and their many relative games, go back to the 19th century and remain just as beloved today as ever. 


A trinity of games known across the world

Undoubtedly, three of these popular games top the polls as perennial favorites. Solitaire games Klondike, Spider, and FreeCell, are familiar to almost every card game fan in every corner of the world. Much of this success can be attributed to the inclusion of Klondike in computer’s operating systems, which saw the already much-favored games become a household name. The later additions of Spider and FreeCell cemented their status as the most popular trio of card games worldwide.


The digital age of card games

So how did the digitization of these already well-known games contribute towards their rise in favor? The introduction of computerized versions of Klondike and other variations of solitaire games like Spider and FreeCell has meant these games have become available to a whole new audience. Not having to purchase card decks and not having to worry about space constraints allows anyone to play at any time. Additional features like high score records and personal bests also bring a new element of enjoyment and challenge. Quickplay and easy access allow for players to get a fast game wherever they are, especially with the introduction of laptops and mobile technology.

FreeCell Solitaire

A game you can play your way

All three games have several different variations (all of which are found in SolSuite Solitaire), meaning players can try out a number of alternative styles of play and set up. You can go for a simple-to-learn, easy-win version of Klondike like Westcliff or Thumb and Pouch. Or, for those who enjoy something a little more intricate, Easthaven adds yet another layer of challenge. Familiar to most card game players, Spider can be played with one deck or more, depending on your preference. Spiderette, for example, utilizes one pack of cards with a Klondike style layout and only seven stacks. FreeCell is undoubtedly the best choice for anyone who likes an excellent chance of success, with an estimated more than 80% of all deals being considered solvable. Unlike other similar games, all cards in FreeCell are dealt face-up, giving it a slightly different approach.

Klondike Solitaire

Showing no signs of stopping now…

Whichever of these games is your personal preference, there is no doubting they owe a lot of their longevity to the inclusion in software packages. Klondike, FreeCell, and Spider have made their way into the homes of millions of players across the world, and their popularity shows no signs of slowing. It’s known that these games are the most widely used programs. Digital card games make playing simple, fast, and fun for anyone from novice to expert level - with such an impressive history, we can certainly see why these three games have stood the test of time.

Friday, October 22, 2021


Klondike: A Brief History of the Most Famous Solitaire Card Game


You may know it by another name, but chances are, if you have ever played a Solitaire card game, then the version you have been playing is the one popularly known as Klondike. The history of this game is one steeped in mystery – with several sources claiming it originates in 17th century France. Meanwhile, other stories suggest the name Klondike comes from Canada and that the game became highly in demand in the 19th century during the gold rush. However the game started, it is still just as popular today as ever. Below, we take a look at some of the fascinating theories relating to the history of this long-running game - and who might have started it.

Vive La Revolution!


It may not have been the most glamorous of places to spend your time, but the infamous Bastille prison in Paris is supposed by some to be the original home of Klondike. Some suspect that disgraced French nobles created the game after being imprisoned by King Louis XIV, as a way to while away their long lonely sentences in isolation.


The French Theory Continues


While it seems highly unlikely the claim is accurate, it has been suggested by some that it might have been another French man who was responsible for Klondike's invention. Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte has previously been cited as the original inventor of the card game. There are theories that he created a Solitaire card game while exiled on the island of St. Helena. There are several variants named after both him and the island itself. However, historians refute the suggestion that Napoleon started the game himself. Instead, it seems that he simply enjoyed playing card games, not inventing them!



The Power of the Cards


Another story is that there may be a link between Klondike and cards used for divination and fortune-telling. While we are not sure if this is true, it certainly would make playing the game spookier. In reality, it is probably likely this theory relates to the rise in requests for tarot card readings in the 18th century. This in turn, helped boost the popularity of playing card games in general.


A Little Patience


In the UK, Klondike is sometimes also called Patience. Eagle-eyed literary fans might notice that in Charles Dickens's famous novel Great Expectations, released in 1864, one of the characters is playing the game when the reader first meets them. Other names the game goes by include Fascination, American Patience and Triangle.


A Modern Era


Most people will be familiar with the digital version of Klondike, thanks to Microsoft incorporating the game into their Windows 3.0 operating system. Many people still use the game as a way of improving their computer skills while having fun. It remains the most widely used digital card game globally. 


If you haven't played it yet, now is a great time to give it a try. Klondike has been around for a long time, and we’re happy to say it isn’t going anywhere. You can find out more about Klondike and our many Solitaire card games available by taking a look at our selection of games and downloading them for yourself.

Monday, September 13, 2021

King of Card Games – Six Reasons to play Solitaire 

You may know it as ‘Patience’, ‘Card Solitaire’ or ‘Solitaire’. Whatever you call it, Solitaire is a classic card game that has been around since the 18th century. These days’ digital versions and variants make it an easy game to pick up and learn at any age, no matter where in the world you are. Not sure yet if Solitaire might be for you? Well, here are just a few reasons that giving it a go could be one of the best things you do today.

‘Benefits for your mind and mood’ 

1. In some versions of Solitaire, the player cannot see the cards before they play them. Other versions have different systems. All these unique rules are great for improving your cognitive skills and decision making. Card games of this type can help develop strategic thinking, planning, and visual organization, all of which are all-important for long-term brain development. It’s like a workout for your mind!

2. Focusing on a game that relies on method rather than luck gives players a sense of achievement. It also makes us feel positive about ourselves and our abilities.

3. Card games are great for improving visual and manual dexterity. Shuffling, moving, and swapping cards are relatively simple ways to keep your hands moving. Focusing on creating order and sequences encourages the brain to actively seek visual cues, which can help improve visual memory.

4. If you find yourself feeling stressed and run down at the end of the day, Solitaire works well as a calming tool for many people. Being able to forget your worries and concentrate on a single task has been proven in studies to help reduce anxiety.

5. Having so many different styles and variations means Solitaire is a great game to teach others. Solitaire card games like Klondike, FreeCell, and Spider are all simple to learn and appeal to different abilities and ages. Great for building bonds and improving teamwork or communication with your kids, friends, or family.

Whether you’re a first-time player or well-versed with card games, Solitaire games offer a wide range of playing experiences. Quick to pick up and universally popular, card games fans have an extensive online community. So, turn on one of our online games and give it a try. You’ll soon be boosting your mood and having fun too. 

Friday, March 19, 2021

TreeCardGames - News and more

What has been going on lately? A lot, in fact! 😁

👉 A Word Search update was released, with 5 new categories: Gardening, Legendary Creatures, Onomatopoeia Words, Shoes and Native American Tribes in the United States.

Play Word Search now by clicking here!
Get Word Search from the Microsoft Store here!

👉SolSuite 2021 21.0 was released! and it included a variation of a classic game: 
Canfield Two Suits
This version can be downloaded here

👉 SolSuite 2021 21.1 was released with two more game to make a whooping total of 756 games!
You can get this version here

👉 Spades Premium, Spades - Online and Spades Free ! have been updated, and now include:
- New "TreeCardGames Player Image Maker"
- New "Total bags and Total points" display
- Includes the new "Themes" feature. A theme is a set of graphic elements, including a background, a card set and a card back.
- Improved the "Nil" and "Blind Nil" bidding on the "Expert" game level. Your Spades game will be even more challenging and fun!
- 3 new languages: हिंदी, Polski, Português

👉 The new MahJong Suite 2021 version arrived, with 5 new layouts and 2 Themes! 

👉 Last but not least, a new Hearts release is available! And includes:
- New Player Images
- New Player Image Maker
- "Old Moon" and "New Moon" scoring for Shooting the Moon
- Allow to end the trick if all points have been scored
- Play sound when the first card of Hearts is played
- Play sound when the Queen of Spades is played
Play Hearts now by clicking here!

Monday, December 28, 2020

Cómo jugar al solitario Spider clásico (1 palo y 2 palos)

En este video explicamos las reglas básicas para jugar el clásico y famoso solitario Spider en las versiones de 1 palo y 2 palos.

El objetivo del solitario Spider es el de crear en el tablero 8 escaleras de 13 cartas cada una, en orden descendente y del mismo palo, del Rey al As.

Pilas de palo
👉No se construye directamente en las pilas de palo, si no que las escaleras se construyen en el tablero y una vez completadas vienen automáticamente retiradas del tablero.

👉Se construye en orden descentente. Un 5 sobre un 6, por ejemplo.
En el caso de Spider 2 palos, no importa si son cartas de diferentes palos.
👉La carta encima de cada columna se puede jugar a cualquier otra columna del tablero.
👉Una secuencia de cartas se puede mover a otra columna del tablero, pero en el caso de solitario Spider 2 palos, la escalera de cartas debe de ser del mismo palo. Escaleras que no son del mismo palo no pueden ser movidas.
👉No se puede jugar ninguna carta sobre un As. Un Rey no puede moverse, a menos que no se trate de un espacio vacío del tablero.
👉En un espacio vacío se puede colocar cualquier carta o escalera de cartas.

👉Cuando no hay mas posibilidad de juegos, se hace click en el mazo para obtener otra fila de cartas.
👉Debe haber al menos una carta en cada columna del tablero para que se pueda repartir una nueva fila de cartas.

No está de más recordables que "Spider Solitario" ofrece bellísimos Temas, Mazos, Dorso y Fondos para que tu juego sea aún más placentero.

Para descargar Spider Solitaire desde el Microsoft Store, sigan esta liga:

Si prefieren jugar en linea, basta hacer click aquí: