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Tower of Hanoi

Game info: Puzzle games type; 9 cards; no redeal

Alternate names: One-To-Nine, Tower of Pisa, Tower Puzzle.

  • Game time: Medium
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Skill level: Mostly skill
  • Chance of winning: Very high (about 2 in 3)

Object of the game: To arrange the nine cards in a single column with the Nine at the top, the Eight underneath it, and so on, in descending sequence down to the Ace.

Solitaire Rules

  • This game is played with only nine cards of a suit, from Ace to Nine. The rest of the deck is discarded.

Tableau (9 cards in 3 columns of 3 cards each)

  • Only the top card of one column can be moved to another column.

  • The card that is moved can only be placed on a card of a higher rank. For example, a 5 can be placed on a 6 or a 9, but not on a 3.

  • Only one card at a time can be moved (a card can be moved as often as is necessary).

  • Spaces may be filled with the top card of either of the other two columns.


  • The game starts at: - 52.

  • 25 points are awarded for each card in sequence.

  • The highest score obtainable is 173: 25 points x 9 cards = 225 - 52 points = 173 points.

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