National Solitaire Day

Celebrating 30 Years of Microsoft Solitaire with Those Oh-So-Familiar Bouncing Cards

Today, on National Solitaire Day, we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the beloved Microsoft Solitaire and saying ‘Thank You!’ to all the players over the past 30 years!

With a worldwide appeal, Microsoft Solitaire Collection, as it is known today, hosts over 35 million players each month, from more than 200+ countries and territories, in 65 different languages. And after 30 years, Microsoft Solitaire is still one of the most played games on the planet every day, with more than 100 million hands played daily around the globe.

The Solitaire we all know and love was first called Windows Solitaire on Windows 3.0 in 1990. The game helped people learn how to drag and drop items on their computer screens using a mouse, which was novel at the time.

National Solitaire Day

Today, at the start of year 31, Microsoft Solitaire is played on computers, laptops, tablets, and phones in every corner of the globe, arguably by one of the most diverse gaming audiences in the world. Its Microsoft Solitaire’s unmatched familiarity and availability that’s contributed to its unending popularity, with more than half a billion players in the past decade alone, which no doubt added to the game being inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame in 2019.

We’re celebrating the 30th Anniversary by inviting all players to join our record-breaking event today, with our goal to reach the most games of Microsoft Solitaire completed in one day. Join us as we embark on this record-breaking mission by downloading Microsoft Solitaire Collection for free on WindowsiOS, or Android, or play right through your browser! You can also visit our 30th Anniversary Event page on Facebook for more details and extra Anniversary fun. And don’t miss Major Nelson’s interview with a pair of Solitaire experts discussing the coveted winnability rate of the game.

Whether you play to take a break and relax or to test your brain for a challenge, we offer you, our players, a sincere round of applause for your passion and dedication. For that, there’s something new that I couldn’t be more pleased to introduce for the Microsoft Solitaire community: Microsoft Solitaire t-shirts and mugs are available now for the first time ever!

National Solitaire Day

No matter where you shuffle the deck from – whether it’s the US, Japan, Brazil, China, or the UK – coincidentally, that’s in order the territories with the most Microsoft Solitaire players, or the Cocos Islands, Anguilla, Vatican City, Barbados, or New Zealand, in order the territories with the most players per capita (I love this stat!) – thank you for creating this amazing community!

It really is something special that a game called Microsoft Solitaire has brought together so many people for so many years. 

Enjoy your next hand of Microsoft Solitaire.

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Celebrating the 30th Anniversary, Microsoft Solitaire remains the most played video game of ALL TIME! Inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame in 2019, millions of players choose Microsoft Solitaire Collection because it offers the BEST Solitaire card games in one app – Klondike Solitaire, Spider Solitaire, FreeCell Solitaire, TriPeaks Solitaire and Pyramid Solitaire! Simple rules and straightforward gameplay make it easy for anyone to play, from ages 8 to 108. With NEW Features, Collections, Daily Challenges, Monthly Events, Rewards, Themes and MORE, enjoy being part of the Microsoft Solitaire Collection digital card game sensation. Klondike Solitaire: • Klondike Solitaire is the king of all timeless classic card games • Clear all the cards from the table using one or three-card draw • Play with Traditional or Vegas Scoring Spider Solitaire: • Eight (8) columns of cards await you in Spider Solitaire • Clear all columns with the fewest moves possible • Play single suit or challenge yourself playing all four (4) suits FreeCell Solitaire: • The most strategic of all Solitaire card games • Use the four free cell spaces to move cards around as you try to clear all cards from the table • FreeCell Solitaire rewards players who think several moves ahead TriPeaks Solitaire: • Select cards in a sequence, earn combo points, and try to clear the board in TriPeaks Solitaire • A FUN spin on the world’s most loved classic card game • The most relaxing, stress-free version of Solitaire Pyramid Solitaire: • Combine two cards that add up to 13 to remove them from the board in Pyramid Solitaire • Challenge yourself to reach the top of the Pyramid and clear as many Solitaire boards as you can • The newest edition to the classic card games Daily Challenges & Events: Play new solvable card challenges in all five (5) game modes with multiple levels of difficulty every day! Complete Daily Challenges and earn Solitaire badges and rewards! Miss a few, or want to go back and reply past Challenges? Sign in with a Microsoft Account to keep your awards, track your progress, and even compete with other players. Themes & Card Backs: Microsoft Solitaire Collection features several themes to make your card game match your mood. From the simplicity of “Classic”, to the serenity of an Aquarium, the relaxation of the Beach, the sophistication of Dark Mode, or even traveling back in time to enjoy Retro card backs from the 1990s version. With so many to choose from, which one will become your favorite? Xbox Live: Sign in with your Microsoft Account to save your progress, earn achievements, play Events, or compete with friends and family. Continue playing Solitaire card games on any compatible device because your progress and scores are saved so you can pick up right where you left off. Microsoft Solitaire Collection can be played free and seamlessly across multiple device types. Celebrate over 30 years of the BEST Solitaire card games, right here, in Microsoft Solitaire Collection!