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Sudoku Solitaire (4 x 4 grid)

Original Solitaire

Game info: Puzzle solitaires type; 16 cards; no redeal

  • Game time: Quick
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Skill level: Mostly skill
  • Chance of winning: High; about 1 in 3; 33.3%

Object of the game: Arrange the sixteen cards following the Sudoku rules.

Solitaire Rules

  • Set-Up: At the beginning of the game, four cards of different ranks are dealt in varying positions on the tableau.

Tableau (Four piles with one card each and twelve empty piles, arranged in four rows and four columns)

  • Place one card at a time from the stock to the tableau following the Sudoku rules, as follows.

  • The grid of sixteen piles is divided into four blocks of four piles each.

  • Each of the four blocks must contain all the ranks from Ace to 4 (Ace, 2, 3, 4).

  • Each rank, regardless of suit, can only appear once in a row, column or block.

  • The game is won if the layout is completed in twelve moves.


  • The game starts at 0 points.

  • 160 points are awarded when the layout is complete.

  • 5 points are deducted for each move.

  • The highest score obtainable is 100 points (160 - 5x12)

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