A clone of traditional solitaire game
Version 1.0.2 July, 2003
Operating the Application
Registration and Support.
The application implements a traditional solitaire
game known as Montana
or Montana Aces
with the following
differences from standard rules:
Number of cards is reduced to 36 (ranks 6 to A)
You can select select number of deals in a game from 3 (standard
rules) to 6.
Screen size: 96 x 64
Midlet suit size: 50KB
Screen height 128 and colour is a substantial
advantage. The application works fine with a large screen (like Nokia
3650/7650, Motorola A830, Sony Ericsson P800). For Nokia devices it
is recommended using a special release which operates full screen mode.
The application keeps table of best results: wins obtained with
minimum number of moves. It allows to undo and redo unlimited number
of moves within current deal.
Developed by Michael Glickman
(Australia). Released in July 2003.
The cards are shuffled and dealt in 4 rows 9 cards
in each, after that all Aces are removed leaving four gaps. The
objective is to rearrange the cards using gaps, and get a position
where each row contains cards of same suit in increasing rank order
from left to right: 6-7-8-9-10-J-Q-K. The Aces do not participate in
the rearrangement, they are just placed instead of gaps to complete
the family as soon as all other cards are arranged.
Each time when you move a card to a gap, the gap is filled, but a
new gap is created at the former position of the moved card.
- A 6 (being the lowest rank card) can be moved to any gap located at
start of a row (i.e. leftmost column)
- Any other card can be moved to a (non-starting) gap after a card is
of the same suit and one rank lower than the moving card; for example 7
of clubs can be moved to a gap after 6 of clubs, J of diamonds can be
moved after 10 of diamonds.
- In case of consecutive gaps (one gap after another), only left gap
can be used for a move. Each consequent gap is unusable,
but becomes usable as its left neighbour is filled.
- No card can be placed after a King (the highest rank card), a gap
after a King is a dead spot. The only way to get rid of a
dead spot if moving a King so that it is no longer followed by a gap.
The deal stops as soon as all gaps are dead
. This implementation
also allows to cancel a deal prematurely. After a deal is over, the
cards are removed from each row starting from first non-arranged card.
The Aces are added to removed cards, which are shuffled and redealt to
unoccupied places. This continues until either all cards are arranged,
or maximum number of deals allowed for a game is reached.
After the application starts, you get to the main
screen, You can start the game straight away by pressing FIRE key.The
location of FIRE key is device specific. Here are some indications:
Nokia Series 30 and 40, or Motorola models - usually a
key with a green handset picture on it (also named SEND or OFF-HOOK)
Nokia Series 60 and Ericsson P800 - joystick press, or the middle
of arrow pad
Siemens - the left of two command keys (command keys are
located below the screen).
Alternatively you can bring up the menu by pressing
command key (named Select
models). The following menu options are available:
Play - same as pressing FIRE
Settings - customize application (see
Best results - show top score table
Game rules - brief explanation of game rules
About - links to company site and email
Exit - terminate the application
(Exit is often implemented with a separate key)
On some models you can also exit application by
pressing Clear key (a key used marked as C
To operate settings
: use UP and DOWN
arrows to highlight the item you wish to modify, then press FIRE to
change the value. You can also use Next
items to increase/reduce Deals/game value. Press Done command key to
complete the changes and get back to main screen.
Explanation of settings
Whether or not to animate each deal and card collection.
Auto-move: On /Off
If On, the computer moves for you in case a single move is
Show srce: On/Off
If Off (default) , the sources (cards that can be placed at current
gap) are highlighted only if there are several sources available, if On
- the sources are always highlighted.
Maximum number of deals allowed for a game (default 3).
Use UP and DOWN key to highlight the gap (target)
you wish to place the moved card. If the target does not start a row,
only one card can be placed after it - just press FIRE to move. For a
target starting a row, you also need to select a source (6 card)
using LEFT and RIGHT keys, before you press FIRE.
To undo a move press ASTERISK (*) key, to redo the move press HASH
(#) key. With any new move all undone moves become unavailable. Once
there are no moves, the applications waits for a while, before the
cards are collected, so that you can press * to undo last move and
avoid loosing the deal.
To stop animation, or auto-moves press Stop
Quit game - abandon the game and get to main
Status - show status window (only for a small screen height)
Game rules - brief explanation of game rules
How to play - brief instruction on using keys
Redeal - terminate current deal prematurely
(Redeal is often implemented as a separate key)
Where screen height allows, the application
locates status bar
above the board. The status bar contains the
Deals_max Message / Undone
Move_deal / Moves_game
Deal No -current deal in the game (1, 2, 3, etc)
Deals_max - maximum number of deals allowed for a game
Message / Undone - a message (e.g. Dealing, No
moves) During the game this field may contain the number of taken
back moves (i.e. the moves that can be redone)
Moves_deal - number of moves in current deal (the number is
decremented with Undo)
Moves_game - total number of moves in the game (including
If screen height is too small for placing the status
bar, you can use Status
menu option to bring up status
Status window shows same information as status bar, but in
a separate window:
Deal Deal No of
this deal - Moves_deal
this game - Moves_game
Moves undone: Undone
The application can be downloaded and purchased for
the following sites:
http://www.handango.com (standard and Nokia releases)
Don't forget to specify user name.
http://softwaremarket.nokia.com (Nokia release only)
name affects registration code and appears on the main page.
Latest release can also be downloaded from the application site:
Even if you are a non-registered user, don't hesitate
to send your comment (of any kind) to
. Please don't use this address for any
irrelevant material - your message will be simply ignored.
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