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Mayan Solitaire Free

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There's nothing Mayan about Mayan Solitaire; it just has some graphics that take their cue from Mayan glyphs, but that's okay. I'm also pretty sure the ancient Egyptians didn't play a card game called Egyptian War; and Sudoku, despite having a Japanese-sounding name, was invented by a guy from Indiana.

In Mayan Solitaire the object of the game is to place cards within a pyramid that has four rows and a total of ten spaces--one space for the first row, two for the second row, three for the third, and four for the fourth. The cards range in face value from 1 to 50. You draw the cards at random, and as you turn one up, you have to place it somewhere in the pyramid. But after you play a card, you can't play a card of lower value above it on the pyramid. Thus, ideally, you would play the 50 card at the top of the pyramid, and the 2 (followed by the 1) at the bottom of the pyramid in the right-hand corner. You can play a maximum of two cards on any one space, as long as doing so doesn't violate the sequencing rule.

Once the pyramid is filled, the app calculates your score, based on how many cards you have left in your deck. With 50 cards total and a maximum of 20 cards you can play on the pyramid spaces, 30 is the best score you can receive. That's all there is to the game. It takes a while to gain a sense of where to place your cards for maximum advantage, though strategy can take you only so far. Ultimately, the game depends on chance, since you draw the cards randomly. It isn't the greatest or most complex game out there, but if you're looking for a way to pass the time with as you wait for the bus, Mayan Solitaire is a good choice.

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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Mayan Solitaire FREE card game

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