Klondike solitaire is played with a single deck of standard playing cards. The goal of the game is to build "foundations" of ascending values of the four suits of cards, with Ace being lowest value and King being the highest.
Klondike solitaire begins by shuffling the deck. Then, 28 cards are taken from the top of the deck to form a "tableau," consisting of seven separate columns. From left to right, the columns consist of one, two, three, four, five, six and seven cards, with the bottom card of each tableau being revealed at all times. Additionally, a three card "waste pile" is used, with the first card being playable. If all three cards in the waste pile are played, or none can be played, the waste pile is placed on the bottom of the deck and replaced by the next three cards.
The goal of Klondike solitaire is to use the seven columns to create descending sets of alternating colored suits. Moving cards from the tableaus and waste pile to create descending sets reveals new cards to continue the progress of the game. However, some games of Klondike solitaire are not possible to win. If no progress can be made with the cards in play, and no cycle of the waste pile yields playable options, the game is over.