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Welcome to solitaire heaven! If you're a solitaire enthusiast, you're in the right place. Because if anyone knows solitaire, it's us - we created the Microsoft Solitaire Collection that comes pre-installed on Microsoft Windows. So, you know that our free solitaire games are the best around. We have a dozen different versions of the classic game including Classic Solitaire , Spider Solitaire , Pyramid Solitaire , and Freecell Solitaire .
Historically, the term 'solitaire' refers to any card game played by a single player. This genre of games most likely originated in Germany or Scandinavia in the 18th century and then slowly spread throughout the remainder of Europe. In the late 19th century, a version of solitaire called Klondike rose in popularity among prospectors in North America. Klondike Solitaire was named for the Western Canadian region and its famous gold rush. Klondike has continued to grow in popularity, and it is now the most common solitaire game in the world. To most people now, the term 'solitaire' no longer refers to the genre of single player card games but rather just to Klondike, or classic solitaire. Today, solitaire has many different variations, with new versions being regularly released.