On Solitaired.com, you can play unlimited games of Crescent Solitaire – as well as over 500 other strategy and patience games.
To start a game of Crescent Solitaire, click the ‘new game’ button above. Or refresh your knowledge of the game’s rules by clicking ‘rules’.
After you make your first move, ‘undo’ and ‘redo’ options will appear – allowing you to change your latest move if you spot a more effective one.
To move a card, either drag it to a playable column or simply click the card you want to play – if it is playable, the game will automatically make the move for you.
Crescent Solitaire – sometimes referred to as ‘La Demi-Lune’ – is a card game that is a variation on the traditional solitaire format, with the aim of clearing the tableau area by stacking cards based on their suit and value.
The game is believed to be a development of ‘La Belle Lucie’ – a patience card game first published in 1870.
Crescent Solitaire takes its name from the traditional shape of the card layout in the game. The tableau cards are traditionally laid out in a crescent shape above the two foundation piles – however, this isn’t necessary for gameplay. As long as sixteen tableau piles are dealt, the dealer can choose between the crescent layout or a traditional solitaire column layout.
The differences between Crescent Solitaire and traditional Klondike Solitaire are in the foundation and reserve piles. In Klondike Solitaire, there are four foundation piles and a reserve pile, however, Crescent Solitaire features eight foundation piles – starting with aces or kings – and there is no reserve pile as all 104 cards are dealt either in the tableau or the foundation piles.
Begin a game of Crescent on Solitaired.com by clicking the ‘new game’ button.
Alternatively, create a physical tableau using two decks of playing cards. Create eight foundational piles by laying four ace cards and four king cards – one of each suit – then form the tableau area by placing the remaining cards into sixteen piles of six cards. The tableau columns can either be placed in a crescent or arc shape around the foundational piles or below them in a traditional solitaire layout.
Begin making moves by placing cards either into the foundational piles or stacking them on other tableau columns. Each card can only be stacked onto one of the same suit with a value of one greater or fewer. For example, a four of clubs can be stacked onto any three or five of clubs card, either in the tableau or the foundation piles.
The two sets of foundation piles – aces and kings – run in reverse orders. This means the ace piles must be stacked with cards of a greater value of one, running from ace up to king, while the king piles run down consecutively to aces.
Continue making moves until every card is eventually stacked in the foundation piles. When this happens and the tableau area is clear, the game is won. If the player runs out of moves before clearing the tableau, the game is lost.
There are two possible layout options for a game of Crescent Solitaire.
In this layout, the eight foundational piles are placed in the center of the tableau.
The remaining 96 cards are then split into sixteen piles of six cards each and spread evenly around the central foundation piles in a crescent or ark shape.
This layout makes the game more challenging, as the stacked cards in each pile are hidden at the start of the game, with only the top card on each pile visible.
The alternative layout is similar to a traditional game of solitaire, with the eight foundational piles placed above the tableau and all remaining cards placed in columns on it.
The tableau cards are still divided into sixteen piles of six cards, however, in this variation, all cards are visible from the start of the game – allowing players to make tactical moves to expose cards stacked below.
This is the layout used on Solitaired.com, which you can play for free at the top of this page.