The setup program copies VB runtime files to your Windows folder (full installation only), creates a Poker Patience folder in your Program Files folder, creates a Pack sub-folder that contains the card images, creates a Source sub-folder that contains the program source code (full installation only), and creates an entry in your Start menu.
Playing the Game
Twenty-five cards are turned one by one from a shuffled 52-card pack and placed face up on the table in such a way as to gradually build a square of five rows by five columns. Cards once placed may not be moved in relation to one another.
At the end of play score for each row and column (ten in all) according to the Poker combination it makes, regardless of the actual order of cards within the line.
The program uses the American scoring schedule which has a target score of 200. Hold your mouse over each combination for an explanation:
Use the mouse to move the top card from the pack around the playing area. Click an empty dark grey cell adjacent to a card already placed to place the card. If you make a mistake, you can press CTRL-Z once to undo your last placement.
The right-hand side of the window displays the next card in the pack, details of any scoring combinations that were made when you last placed a card, and your current total score.
Changes in this version
Changes in Version 1.2
Portions of this article © 1992 David Parlett.