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How to Play Seahaven Towers Solitaire

Seahaven Towers is a variation of FreeCell invented by Art Cabal in 1998.


Your goal is to move all 54 cards to the 4 foundation piles by suit from Ace to King in ascending order. You do this by moving and organizing cards in the tableau and using 4 free or open cells.

The Setup and Play Area

Foundation piles: These are the 4 piles where you aim to move playable cards in ascending order from Ace to King by suit. Successfully placing all 52 cards in the foundation wins the game.

Tableau piles: This area consists of 10 columns with 5 face-up cards each, totaling 50 cards. There is no stock or waste pile in the game.

Free cells: These are the four open cells where you can place any card. 2 cards will start in the free cells, and the other two will be open.

How to set up a game of Seahaven Tower

Available moves

  • The last card of each tableau column can be moved to a foundation, free cell, or on top of another card at the bottom of a tableau column.
  • Tableau cards or cards in the free cell can be moved on top of cards of the same suit that are one rank higher. For example, a 4 of Clubs can be placed on top of a 5 of Clubs.
  • Any card at the bottom of the tableau can go into the free cells, as long as there is no card in the free cell.
  • You cannot move groups of sequenced cards. To move groups of cards, you can use available free cells to move them one at a time.
  • Kings can be placed in an empty tableau column.
  • You win when all cards have been moved to the foundation.


  • Move aces to the foundations as soon as they’re available. This will clear the card from the tableau, enabling you to build more.
  • Try to free up lower-ranking cards. Because foundations are built starting with Aces, try to make low cards available so you can move them out of the tableau into the foundation and make other cards playable.
  • The first visible sequence may not always be the best one. Plan out your moves to remove as many cards as possible from the tableau.
  • Use free cells only when you cannot make any moves. Sequence as many cards as you can, then use the free cells.
  • Try to empty the tableau columns quickly. Kings can be moved into empty columns allowing you to build more cards.
  • If you get stuck, use the undo button. You may not always make the right moves, and you may need to reverse some to win the game.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some games similar to Seahaven Towers Solitaire?

FreeCell, Eight Off, and Baker's Game are similar games with a face-up tableau and open cells.

What are the odds of winning?

When looking at 911 random games played, 125 were won, making the win rate 13.72%. This makes Seahaven Towers much harder than FreeCell, which has a win rate of 41.86%

What are other popular Solitaire games?

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