Free Cell game varies by how cards are dealt, how many free cells are available for play, whether scoring is based on time and whether the player is attempting an identical game repeatedly. Users select variations to adjust the difficulty level of the game.
In standard Free Cell, cards are dealt in eight tableau piles with all cards in the piles showing. The player deals seven cards to each of the first four tableau piles and six cards to each of the remaining four. The object of the game is to move cards from the tableau piles to the foundation piles above from ace to king in order. There is one foundation pile for each suit and four free cells the player may move cards to from the top of the tableau piles in order to reach the cards below.