Klondike watch
June 11, 2007 6:07 PM   Subscribe

Are there any programs that watch people playing solitaire for their ability to make all the available moves towards winning?
posted by ackptui to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm not sure what this means?
posted by bitdamaged at 6:39 PM on June 11, 2007

I think the OP is asking if there is a program that monitors a Solitaire game in progress and records whether or not the move is the correct one for the given situation, since there are cases where the game itself is not beatable.
posted by Loto at 6:53 PM on June 11, 2007

Response by poster: Does having an ability toi beat MicroSofts Klondike program carry with it any sort of cachet? Is anyone watching for people able to do it successfully?
posted by ackptui at 6:53 PM on June 11, 2007

from wikipedia:

Odds of winning

The proportion of Klondike games that can be won is currently unknown. No mathematical model simple enough to allow direct computation of this probability has yet been found.

A modified version of the game called "Thoughtful Solitaire" has a known solution strategy that works 70% of the time but requires significant computing power. This solution strategy does not solve every deck that is solvable, but is about twice as good as the best human players. The difference between Klondike and "Thoughtful Solitaire" is that in "Thoughtful Solitaire" the player can see the identity of all the cards on the table at the beginning of the game.

So, I'm thinking that there isn't.
posted by ArgentCorvid at 6:54 PM on June 11, 2007

Are you worried about something happening like "The Last Starfighter"?
posted by borkencode at 7:14 PM on June 11, 2007

Acid Solitaire for the Palm will tell you if you don't have any way to win a game - not exactly what you're asking, but good to get in a few rounds of power solitaire on a break.
posted by Addlepated at 7:36 PM on June 11, 2007

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