Freecell for PS2 Yabasic

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Figure 1: Playing Freecell for PS2 Yabasic

Introduction

Freecell for PS2 Yabasic is a solitaire card game for PlayStation 2 Yabasic. You can play it on PlayStation 2 game console, Windows PC or web browser.

Features

  • Multi-level undo: try different solutions and return to the previous situation by repeatedly undoing you moves, should the moves fail to produce satisfactory results.
  • Scenarios: continue or re-play challenging games later. You can also find interesting scenarios from this very web page and try to solve those in your own PlayStation 2.
  • Extra challenge: the computer counts each move you make. For an extra challenge, re-play a scenario and see if you can find a solution with less moves. The fewer moves it takes to solve a scenario, the more intelligent the solution.
  • Peek cards: if you cannot see the suit of an obscured card, move the cursor over the card and press Circle to lift the card a bit. By knowing the obscured cards you can plan your moves ahead.
  • Automated moves: at the end of the game when most of your cards are arranged to piles, press and hold Cross to automatically move the next matching cards to a foundation pile. This reduces the effort at the end of the game as you do not need to waste time on obvious moves.

Playing Freecell for PS2 Yabasic

Online Emulator

To play Freecell for PS2 Yabasic in your web browser, go to www.mrdictionary.net. Select games » tonironkko » freecell.text from the left-hand menu and press run.

Controls:

Key Function
E Move cursor up
S Move cursor left
D Move cursor down
F Move cursor right
G Repeat move to select next matching pile
J Undo move
K Select menu option / move card to nearest matching space or pile
L Peek card
6 In-game menu

During the game, press K to move the selected card to the nearest available free space/pile. If you are not happy with the location of the card, press G to move the very same card to next matching free space or pile.

Windows PC

To play Freecell for PS2 Yabasic on your Windows PC, first download and install PS2 Yabasic Emulator.

Once you have the emulator, download Freecell 1.6 installation package to your computer. Navigate to the installation package using file explorer and open the file by double-clicking on it. Unpack the file freecell.txt to your desktop, for example.

Start the Yabasic emulator by double clicking the ps2yabasic icon on your desktop and choose open from the file menu. Find the file freecell.txt from your hard drive and click OK. Press the large triangle button on the toolbar to start the game.

Controls:

Key Function
Arrows Select card
Del Move card to nearest matching space or pile
Caps Lock Repeat move to select next matching pile
End Peek card to see the suit of an obscured card
Ins Undo previous move
PgDn Access in-game menu

During the game, press Del to move the selected card to the nearest available free space/pile. If you are not happy with the location of the card, press Caps Lock to move the very same card to next matching free space or pile.

Original PlayStation 2 console

To play Freecell for PS2 Yabasic on a genuine PlayStation 2 game console, insert the the original demo disk from Sony to game console. Find Yabasic from menu. Insert PlayStation 2 memory card with the Freecell for PS2 Yabasic installed on it and load the freecell.txt file into editor. Press Run to start the game.

Controls:

Button Function
Directional buttons Move cursor up/down/left/right
Cross Move card to nearest matching space or pile
R1 Repeat move to select next matching pile
Circle Peek card
Square Undo move
Start In-game menu

During the game, press Cross to move the selected card to the nearest available free space/pile. If you are not happy with the location of the card, press R1 to move the very same card to next matching free space or pile.

Scenarios

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Figure 2: Choosing scenario

Scenario in Freecell for PS2 Yabasic is a fixed arrangement of cards. Using scenarios, you can re-play some tricky deal in order to solve the deal with fewer moves, or you can continue a deal that you did not complete last time.

To create a new scenario, select NEW GAME from the main menu and a random scenario will be generated for you. The name of the scenario will appear in the lower right corner of the screen. Make note of this name if you wish to re-play a scenario later.

To play a named scenario, select SCENARIO from the main menu and the screen in figure 2 will appear. Move the cursor left and right using the directional buttons to select a letter. Rotate the letter using directional buttons or Cross and Square buttons. Once the scenario is named, move the cursor to the OK button and press Cross to play the scenario.

There are thousands of scenarios to play. The following table lists some interesting scenarios in the order of increasing difficulty:

ScenarioMovesScenarioMovesScenarioMovesScenarioMoves
AMULET 86PUZZLE 97ENRUTH102FUNAKI109
BIRESU 89TAXCUT 98JOANNE102WINDOW111
OMSEPI 91TCEECF 98IELFEE103RUANDA111
QANTAS 91VNJFDG 99BAKAME104JUNIOR115
SXNVPE 92POTION 99LINGER104GARLIC118
HUMANE 93JERIKO100AWCZEE104TOPPLE124
JULIET 95GREECE100FPCYMD106FOXLET126
FLARES 96YANKIE101BITBOY106ANDREA127
MDVPSU 96CLOCKS101DOODLE108
YHZESN 97LONDON101BADBOY108

Rules

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Figure 3: Piles of the Freecell

Cards in Freecell are organized in to eight tableau piles (T), four foundation piles (A) and four free cells (C), as shown in figure 3. At the beginning of the game, a deck of cards is dealt in to the eight tableau piles. The objective of the game is to move the cards from tableau piles to the four foundation piles at the upper right corner. The cards in foundation piles must be built in suit from ace to king (A-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-J-Q-K).

To move cards in to the foundation piles, you must use tableau piles and free cells to you rearrange the cards. However, only a single card can be placed to a free cell at one time. Moreover, a card can be placed on the top of a tableau pile if only the card extends a sequence of altering color and decreasing value.

Only the exposed cards are available for play. However, blocks of cards can be moved at once if there are enough free cells or tableau spaces available to move the cards one by one.

Credits

Programming by Toni Ronkko. Thanks to Luis Pedro Coelho for providing the images of jacks, kings and queens. Thanks to Mika Matjussi and Jarmo Ruotsalainen for testing.