Windows 98 Easter Egg - Secret Freecell Games

1. Open FreeCell
2. Press F3 and enter either -1 or -2 into the dialog box and click okay

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Contributed By: Eric Johnson on 07-15-1999
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Special Requirements: Windows 98
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dan writes:
The way that they are winning is with another egg. When you get the game up and started hit at same time ctrl-shift-f10 and hit abort.
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Ouroborus writes:
The -1 and -2 thing just distrubutes the cards in an interesting way. dan, in an earlier message, gives the code that lets you win. CTRL-SHIFT-F10 brings up a window with buttons reading 'Abort', 'Retry', and 'Ignore'. Abort causes the next move to automatically win. Retry causes the next move to automatically lose. Ignore lets you continue your game as usual.
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jmcg writes:
Yes, I agree with Sarah, these 2 games have no solution. Jim Horne who was the programmer put these in for a joke. 11982 is the only one of the 32000 deals that he chose for his game which is unsolvable. If you want to see a proof that some instances of freecell (not included in the windows game) are unsolvable have a look at: http://www.cs.ruu.nl/~hansb/d.freecell/node2.html
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Sarah3264 writes:
Speaking of which, they're unsolvable. These two games, and game #11982, are the only known unsolvable games in Freecell.
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jon writes:
Being a FreeCell addict (I am working through from #1 to #32000 and so far up to 25000-odd), I was intrigued to find this site; for the only one I have failed to solve so far is, of course, #11982. Having tried to solve it with mounting frustration many hundreds of times I can now give up, believing it to be impossible. On the other hand, I have found that #11987 is the only puzzle that can be solved without using any of the free-cells at all, even in moving groups of cards. Does anyone know of another one that qualifies?
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Parsley writes:
This egg gave me two games which were unwinnable. One of the games was odds on the left half, evens on right. The other was in ascending order 8 thru A in left four columns, 2 thru 7 in the right four. Aces completely unreachable in both cases. I love Freecell - I play it all the time with a 90% success rate + or -, I don't think this two games can be won as is. Plese tell me if I'm wrong...
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KillerBob writes:
Chris >> Did you even look at games "-1" and "-2"? That's why they're EASTER EGGS. These games are NOT winnable. I won't accept otherwise until you can show me a video of somebody winning them without cheating.
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David E. writes:
It's impossible to win. You can't move enough cards to even match two cards together. And forget about getting to the aces!
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Twinkletoes writes:
The egg works for me but the game seems impossible to me. If you know how to get these games out (esp -1) please let me know! (eg email me the first few moves)I wonder if we are all looking at the same games.
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Mirror176 writes:
I can truly say that these games are "Impossible" for me to win. when I open freecell, the program's name is a bunch of gibberish until I change the stage, which renames it so it can also reflect the new stage. The play are just gives me a working mouse cursor the whole time too. can anyone help me fix this?
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You can win any game using control shift f10
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NoComment writes:
This egg works - however the programmers haven't removed this egg yet! It works in Windows XP.
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Actually, this does work but I tried it for Win95
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KJVegas writes:
The only difference between the people who can solve #1 and the people that can't is the people who can solve it haven't put the negative sign in front of the #1 like this -1
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Andy writes:
This is one of those sample games where it is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to solve
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Hoju writes:
It also works in Windows ME.
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crud writes:
First of all, InfluenzaA, we're talking about games -1 and -2 as in "negative one and negative two." Same thing happened to me as Brian: I tried to make a move in the -2 game (clicked on the last column and tried to place it on the fourth), the illegal move message appeared, I clicked OK and the game won itself as if I used the Abort button, but I didn't. It only happened once and wouldn't work a second time or on the -1 game.
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Spacey writes:
If you know how to play freecell, this will be your best time/score yet!
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Kar_in_NJ writes:
It puts the cards in order, but how are you supposed to get to the aces?
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fats writes:
This is a really neat egg. Thanks to dan for making it even neater!
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fats writes:
BTW, the ctrl+shift+F10 thing works with ANY free cell game.
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Veeven writes:
This FreeCell Egg works in Windows XP, too.
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Anonymous writes:
This makes the game so easy!
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In response to the comment re games 617 and 661. I've done the latter; the former is one of the tricky ones. Its solutions together with lots of information about Freecell can be found at http://members.aol.com/wgreview/
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Hoody writes:
This Easter Egg also works in Windows 2000 Professional 5.00.2195.
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sesame85 writes:
Here's why it is 100% impossible to win -1 or -2: Taking game -2 for example: You arrange the 2's on the 3's, the 8's on the 9's. You notice how you need to always put one card in the free cells? Well, it continues in that pattern. You can put an 8 and nine in the free cells, and move them to fit, and the 3's and 4's. After that (or is it after the 5's and 10's?) You can't move them around anymore. I thought it was possible, but trust me it isn't!!
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carrierenee writes:
The Abort to Win command doesn't make it win, it just puts them all up there in backwards order. (Notice when it finishes, the Aces are on top.)
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AlexZ writes:
Actually the game is designed to be lost you cant win. its impossible
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Ash writes:
This also works for Windows ME, and is not impossible.
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john pepper writes:
when you press ctrl shift f10 it brings up the abort to win or retry to lose then if you click abort then click a card it will do it automaticly. When you click retry and click a card it does it automatically until there is no legal moves left. P.S. When you click the abort button on games -1 and -2 when you finish it comes up with the win screen and has select game already ticked P.P.S This also workes on 95
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Hamza writes:
You can also play this glitch on Windows 7. And the reason i call it "glitch" is cause it is just a flaw in the programmer's programming. There are these levels, -one and -two (-1, -2) in Windows 7, but in Win7 There are also Negative 3 and Negative 4 (-3, -4). Negative 3, Just make one right move and the game will take 3 of cards and put them into the goal place, And you will be so surprised "How did you win this yourself Computer?". It wins itself. And in Negative 4, The computer still wins itself but in a different way. It takes cards one-by-one and puts it into the goal stack, and wins itself. Fun, no?
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MsBraty1 writes:
It really does work!
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AlexZ writes:
I have an 80% rate, and without using the cheating egg, You cannot win either -1 or -2. Anyone who says he can is welcome to post up how he did it.
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Mooseonline writes:
impossible--except with the cheat... and the are not the same... that ctrl shift f10 is cool... really imprssed my friends with that!
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Shannon writes:
I don't see what the difference is between that and choosing "select game" from the file menu. Whats up?
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Brian writes:
The first time i did it i moved the card, and it said it was an illegal move, but it just made win (i don't know how to play). It hasn't does that since
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Sarah3264 writes:
*yawn*... It's Windows 95. And they're also unsolvable.
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@ssKicker writes:
This isn't just impossible- I lost both games after about three moves in each! Please tell me how to win it, please-please-PLEASE!!!!! (@_@)
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mariajam writes:
i tried the 'egg' and have totally messed up my freecell game - which incidentally, i love. following the instructions above, i show a screen with only one column of cards with no way of even getting a card to a cell....i've gone so far as reinstalling the game but that hasn't helped (obviously)...any help or further information is greatly appreciated!
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PogoNinja writes:
The hidden games work on Win XP, however I think they've renumbered the games. I just easily beat 11928, which somone posted earlier was unsolvable.
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asif2210 writes:
I m not agree with Sara that 32000 free cell game is have no solution coz my friend has solved it in front of me... i have the prove of the soleve games print screen... if she wanna a glips about it she should send me her e mail adress i will send her the print screen of that solve game I m not jiocking Choose some more easter eggs in the game (Becaouse we are great gambler nothing is impossible for us... becouse we dont have implossible word in our dictionary)
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Jussi writes:
You know, this all -1 & -2 business is actually a glitch in the game's programming: the "Game Number" is actually a seed for the card randomization code. When you enter these negative numbers, which it can't handle, it goes crazy and can't shuffle the deck. Why does it then accept these two negative numbers? In some programming languages the value -1 is same as True and -2 is False.
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