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Microsoft Solitaire Collection is a free, ad-supported collection of Solitaire card games, available on the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 stores. It is the successor to the inbuilt card games of previous Windows versions, which are no longer present in Windows 8.

Games Included

  • Klondike (known simply as Solitaire in Windows 7 and earlier)
  • Spider Solitaire
  • FreeCell
  • Pyramid - with cards arranged in a 7-level pyramid, remove pairs of 'free' cards that add up to 13
  • TriPeaks - with cards arranged in three 4-level pyramids, remove cards with a value one above or below the last removed card

Klondike, Spider Solitaire and FreeCell were previously included in Windows 7 and some earlier versions, with Klondike introduced as early as Windows 3.0 in 1990. TriPeaks has never been 'bundled' with Windows, but a version was included in the Microsoft Entertainment Pack, released in 1989.

Daily Challenges

Each day, five preset games are provided in the Challenge section (one of each type). These have more specific goals than 'solving' them, instead requiring the player to remove a certain card, reach a particular score, or remove a quantity of some particular card value in a number of deals. Completing these awards the player 'coins', which can't be spent but will count towards badges for that month at certain levels (gold, silver and bronze). Daily Challenge games can be played (or replayed) for all days so far that month, with games (and coins) resetting at the beginning of the next month.

Other Features

In addition to Daily Challenge Badges, the game supports Xbox Achievements, Medals (local mode-specific achievements such as playing 100 rounds of TriPeaks or removing a long chain in Pyramid) as well as Leaderboards which compare scores and Challenge progress against Xbox friends, but not globally. Statistics for each game type are also kept.

The game provides theming support, with several themes provided (such as Classic, Western, and Beach). Themes can be created or customized, allowing the player to choose images from their computer for the background and some cards (Jack, Queen, King and Ace) and a small selection of card designs.

The game also includes image advertisements for other Windows Store games, and occasional interstitial (unskippable) videos before a new game.

Premium Version

Subscriptions are available to the Premium edition. This removes the advertisements, increases the coins won from Daily Challenges, and provides an unspecified 'boost' for some of the game modes. As of early 2014 the subscription is available at $1.49 for one month or $9.99 for one year.

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