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Cruel uses a standard deck of 52 playing cards. The aces are placed face up to act as the foundations upon which the suits will be built in sequence. The rest of the cards are shuffled and then dealt in 12 tableau piles, each with four cards.

The aim of the game is to place all the cards on the foundation piles, ordered from ace to king, using an unlimited number of moves.

For each move the player chooses any one of the top (exposed) cards from a tableau pile and places it either:

Only one card may be moved at a time.

At any time the player may have the tableau piles re-dealt whereby they are collected together in sequence (from left to right, row by row) without shuffling and dealt in piles of four. This is activated by the Deal button.

The game is won when all the cards are on the foundation piles. The game is lost if no more moves are possible even if re-dealt.

Keyboard play

Mouse play

Super Moves

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