Piece Gaps

Players 1
Length 5 minutes
Equipment Required single standard piecepack
Designer Chris Brooks
Version 1.0
Version Date 2004-01
License Copyright 2004 Chris Brooks under the GNU free doc license , dual-licensed CC BY-SA 4.0


An adaptation of the card solitaire Gaps or Montana.

 Piece Gaps
Example (random) setup for Piece Gaps


Reviews & Comments

Entry in the SolitaryConfinement contest.

Reduction of Gaps/Montana/Rangoon/... for the Piecepack: players have to unscramble the tiles randomly ordered in a 6x4 grid (the 0 tiles have been removed), so that at the end they build four rows from A to 5. A tile can be placed in a gap if the tile at the left shares the suit but has a lower value. In the rules there's no indication of what happens if there are two consecutive gaps (no possible move according to the original rules of Gaps). The play is pretty instinctive - it takes a healthy amount of plays to grow a feel for strategy, since the setups can be wildly different and there are just four gaps to plan on. The level of challenge is decent: stalls happen very often but a player can see pretty easily when the game is lost, save themself the extra toil and quickly reset if they wish.

PieceGaps is not the most forgiving solitaire that can be played with a Piecepack, but it's more rewarding than the original Gaps in terms of play time against setup time.

--Antonio Recuenco Muñoz

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