About FreeCell Project
1. What is FreeCell Project?
“When Microsoft FreeCell became very popular during the 1990s it was not clear which of the 32,000 deals in the program were solvable. To clarify the situation, Dave Ring started The Internet FreeCell Project, took on the problem to try to solve all the deals using human solvers. Ring assigned 100 consecutive games chunks across volunteering human solvers and collected the games that they reported to be unsolvable, and assigned them to other people. This project used the power of multiprocessing, where the processors were human brains, to quickly converge on the answer. The project was finished in October 1995, and only one game defied every human player’s attempt: #11,982, which has been shown to be unsolvable by several exhaustive-search software solvers.” (Wikipedia)
Now, we have a million FreeCell games in Windows XP, and much more in Windows 7. Hypothetically, the number of FreeCell games are almost infinite. This project aims to solve as many FreeCell games as possible with human brains by providing tools to solve FreeCell games and store the solutions online.
2. What is district in FreeCell Project?
We divided FreeCell games into discrete districts, because it could be boresome to play games without any purpose. One district have 10,000 FreeCell games. For example, you’re given #1 ~ #10,000 in district1, and #10,001 ~ #20,000 in district2. We will proceed to next district immediately if 10 (or less) games are left unsolved. In other words, 99.9% progress in a district will let us proceed to the next season
3. How are the ranks determined?
Ranks are determined by the number of wins. The number of wins are changed in 2 cases.
- When you solved an unsolved game, or
- When you take over a game which is already attributed to another user.
You can take over other users’ games by addressing a better solution for already solved games. A better solution means a solution with a shorter moves.
4. How can I distinguish which games are unsolved?
You can use the Map. Unsolved games are displayed as a white cell with a red point in the Map. For solved games, the solver’s color is displayed. Anonymous users are marked as a gray color.
5. Request or bug report for FreeCell Project
If you have any opinions about FreeCell Project, please write it in “Talk > Free Talk”.
6. GRAC rating
Freecell Project is rated under the Game Industry Promotion Act of the Republic of Korea as a game available for all age groups (전체이용가).
Game Title FreeCell Project
Rating No. GC-CC-NP-140829-009
Date of Issue 29/08/2014
Registration Number of Game Developer 2014-000076