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Pyramid Solitaire Saga gives the age-old Solitaire a classic Egyptian look. With the trademark “Saga” title, ‘King Online Games’ has developed another Facebook blockbuster that promises to be more fun than PopCap’s Solitaire Blitz. Players have to match playing cards, catch scarabs hidden behind golden cards and collect gems to unlock unique power-ups.
The entire game design is neat. Everything from the pyramid backdrop to papyrus playing cards and golden scarabs will remind you of ancient Egypt. The game presentation is very similar to other Saga games. Players have to progress through levels by scoring points and completing tasks.
Pyramid Solitaire’s social element allows gamers to send lives, compare scores and solve challenging levels. After a certain point in the game, players will have to add more friends or pay cash to advance further. While this can be a turn-off, it surely gives you a chance to be more social. After all, the game’s launched on Facebook, so you should expect some challenging social elements that make gameplay more immersive and engaging.
Guide to Key Aspects of the Game
Pyramid Solitaire’s game mechanics is very similar to other Solitaire games. However, the goal is a tad easier. You just have to match a card that’s either one rank lower or higher than the faced up card on the deck down below.
Aimed at the casual gaming crowd, the game also provides an interesting mini-game—crushing golden scarabs in the middle of the game. Clicking on scuttling scarabs earns you rare gems, which can help you unlock power-ups and boosters. While you might be quite familiar with the game mechanic, you might want some tips and tricks to improve your card-matching skills in Pyramid Solitaire Saga. Here’s a nice guide, complete with screenshots and useful hints:
How to Read Game Screenshots?
In the above and below screenshots, note the white numbers beside each icon. The explanation for each number is given in the section right below the screenshot. I hope this will provide a quick reference to all important parts of Pyramid Solitaire.
- Click on the Show Map icon to check out the completed maps. Each map has around 10–12 levels and each level gets a tad more difficult than the previous one.
- Click on the Camel icon to access the Bazaar—an online shop enlisting a variety of charms. These charms are nothing but power-ups that help you out in difficult levels. For a full list and uses, check out the table titled “Charms” below.
- The first level of the game. You will have to click on the level number to play a level.
- Click on the Invite button to add friends. Make sure you have enough friends as you might need them dearly in later levels.
- This small icon denotes the unlocked charm.
- The music and mute buttons allow you to turn off the sound and music.
- The unlocked booster. Boosters get unlocked after reaching a level.
- The timer. Shows how many minutes are left before you earn an extra life. There are a maximum of 5 lives. Don’t worry if you lose a life. It gets replenished within 23 minutes.
|Name of the Charm||Purpose||Unlocks At|
Charm of Foresight
You can see the next 2 cards in the face-down card deck. You can use it anytime during the game.
Charm of Shuffle
Use this charm to change card position in the visible row of cards. You can use this only once per level.
Charm of Locksmith
Use this charm to unlock all locks in later levels. There will be levels where you will see locked layout of cards. Use it to unlock them.
Charm of Reveal
Reveals flipped down cards in a deck. Much like the Charm of Foresight, but the former can let you see only 2 cards.
Charm of Reserve
With this power-up you can save one card so that you can use it later in the game. Not much useful in my opinion. Can be used by expert Solitaire players.
Charm of Release
This can be very useful in levels where cards are chained. You can use it to free all chained cards.
- Rows of revealed cards. You will have to click on an active card if you find a potential match. In this screenshot, note that the first 4 cards in the first row are all active, whereas cards in row 2 and 3 aren’t. The card will fly to a deck of face-up cards (number 3 in the screenshot above).
- Deck of face-down cards. Click on it to draw a card. The revealed card moves to the deck of face-up cards. Once it gets revealed, you can look for a potential match.
- Deck of face-up cards, this is where the drawn card shows up.
- Number of cards in the deck. The number of cards in this deck varies from one level to another. As you progress, you will see the number diminishing, making it more challenging for you to find a good match. If you draw all cards, but failed to clear all cards in the row, then its game over for you.
- The Joker card. This gets unlocked after completing a few levels. It acts as a substitute for any card and can be very useful for achieving streaks (consecutive card matches).
- “Cards in a Row.” Shows the number of consecutive card matches. If you start matching cards in a row, the number increases.
- It shows your current score.
- Quests. There are levels that will ask you to achieve 4 or 5 streaks - card matches without any breaks. For quests, the joker card plays an important part. More on this later.
- Shows the minutes left before you can earn an extra life. There are a maximum of 5 lives.
- Number of lives.
- A panel of gems showing the number of blue, red, golden, green and purple gems collected.
- Score Meter: It shows the score required to earn stars. You will have to reach a certain score threshold to earn one, two or three stars.
- Music, Sound and Quit button
Tips to Use the Joker Card
A Joker card acts as a substitute for any card. Players can make the most of this card when they see a potential streak (consecutive card matches). Check out the image below. You will see a potential streak.
Make the Most of Scarabs
These golden critters carry precious gems on their back. When you click on a card with a golden border, a scarab appears from behind a small hole. Once it appears it gives you a gem.
Certain scarabs have to be clicked to collect gems. The ones carrying red, blue or green gems have to be clicked to crush them and collect those gems.
You will have to be quick in clicking a scuttling critter. It really becomes difficult to click on those nippy creatures.
Golden scarab cards are usually found at the last row. When you have one or two cards remaining and one is a golden scarab card, you have good a chance to remove the card near the scarab symbol card. For this you have to clear the scarab card first and automatically the level gets completed.
More Tips and Tricks
- If you are good at Solitaire, then it will be easier for you to solve challenging levels. Mind you, some levels can be quite difficult to complete.
- It would be wiser to use the Joker card at the end or when you find a potential streak.
- PSS is the simpler version of the original game. You just have to match cards that are one rank higher or lower. For example, if you have an Ace card on your face-up card deck and you have a 2, K, A in the row. You can click on K, then 2 and then A.
- Buy power-ups (Charms) only when you progress to challenging levels. Remember that they cost Facebook credits and so you will have to spend real money to purchase them.
I hope these tips and hints will help you make the most of the charms, achieve streaks and score points in Pyramid Solitaire Saga. If you have any suggestions or questions, drop a comment and I or my readers will try to help you out.
© 2012 Anurag Ghosh
folkbelle on May 03, 2015:
Completed 185 but wont take me to the next map to start the next level
firstname.lastname@example.org on October 05, 2014:
i cannot get passed level 80 on pyramid saga thinking of giving up
jessistorm on September 09, 2014:
I have been stuck on level 180 for weeks now. It just seems impossible!!!
Eve Reisinger on August 13, 2014:
I am on 155 and I need to move on with some help from my friends, but the spot on the picture where you hit to either share or move on, well the place to move on is blacked out, and I can not get it to clear so I can move on to no. 156. I love this game but I am getting very aggravated, about ready to delete. Please help me. The game is Pyramid Saga. Thanks so much
level 165 on July 28, 2014:
I too am stuck on level 165. I've completed up to here but there's no screen change or movement up to the next level or garden or whatever...help!!!! Not after all this effort!!! Is there a glitch in the software as I can see people have gone further...
donna on July 19, 2014:
I just completed level 165 and the game will not advance tho I read where one player just finished level 180. Some games I had to play for a solid month before the cards fell right where I could win the game with enough points to advance. Very challenging and fun!
marion on July 14, 2014:
im stuck 0n 80
joan ( fishingmum) on June 27, 2014:
ive been playing soliatarie for agaes im on level 152, its all changed and im confussed ive been stuck on 152 for ages ive even brought lives , on most games i don't even get to click a card ive got this far but not enjoying game much nowany clues please i some times can get to finish the game but got to get 18000 i can only getup to 13500
Carol on June 08, 2014:
I am having trouble with my game. First the window that opens is normal size them when I choose the level it reduces to small. Second I cannot find my jewels any more. Help please.
Barb on January 07, 2014:
Can't imagine how long I've been on level 76. It is impossible. I need 49000 (have gotten that several times). The second phase of this level is impossible. I even got most of the cards done with the 49000 plus still don't get it. I do have cards remaining on 2nd level.
Mairin Mains on December 25, 2013:
I am on level 70 but when I click on it I keep going back to level 25. Anyone know why? Thanks
Irene on December 22, 2013:
I'm stuck on level 76 which is the 2nd part..can u give pointers
arduinna on September 30, 2013:
can not turn cards on level 71, stage 2. I can turn the first card but then it wont let me do it anymore.
Jamie on August 05, 2013:
Is anyone else having a problem w PSS tonight?? It keeps stalling and takes forever to load the next level!! UGH!!!
gigica on June 28, 2013:
i have finished level 160 and i think that's the end! i am the only one?it's not appears to me others stages!
bev on May 13, 2013:
the game is going very slow when you click on scarabs they don't explode, cards taking so slow to go down,
Jeanette on May 01, 2013:
I am stuck on level 65. I have completed it 5 times but it keeps saying I failed this level. How do I get passed it?
Jannie on April 24, 2013:
Thanks to those of you with the suggestions for level 72. If you have the long chains, you can successfully complete the level!
FLAMINGO on April 22, 2013:
I bought the locksmith card but don't know how to use it when I click on it nothing happens card does not unlock I think this is a con
mseagle246 on April 15, 2013:
Stuck at level 59. Any suggestions? Also how do you get the scarabs that don't run but stay right at the hole. I've tried clicking real fast but that doesn't work. I'm trying to get 3 stars on all levels.
123 on March 28, 2013:
93 ??no way
Penny on March 24, 2013:
My game keeps hanging up on level 25. I'm using an iPad, and playing the game on Facebook.
Patricia on March 23, 2013:
stuck on part 2 of level 76. Forces you to use your joker just to get past the 1st card, Only gives you 13 cards! Beginning to think it's impossible to win this without buying something, which I'm not going to do. Any suggestions from others who got past it?
lizi on March 07, 2013:
I have finished level 140. Is that the end?
Jacklyn Siegrist on March 05, 2013:
I am currently on level 135 and I always run out of yellow and blue gems, blue being the hardest for me to get (all these help sights say red is the hardest, but I have 600+, it's def. blue that are the hardest.) I want to know if there is a prevalence of blue gems on any particular levels that anyone has noticed?
Ibrahim aman on February 13, 2013:
My nana has finished the game but people who can't pass any level can give your email and password I promise I will not mess I never mess
Pia on February 07, 2013:
I have a palm tree flasing, does it mean something?
Joe on February 07, 2013:
I've just finished level 110 and it's unlocked a new level "Garden of Osiris". There seem to be some screen rendering problems here so I don't know if it's newly developed... thought I'd finished yet the journey continues!
Karen on February 06, 2013:
I am on level 93 and have not spent a cent. I refuse to pay anything for a game that is supposed to be free. I see no way to beat level 93. No skill, just luck of the cards. I am ready to delete this game from facebook.
Dixie on February 02, 2013:
I am stuck on level 52 where u have to unlock the chains with a run of cards. I can't get past it. I have went back & played all the other levels to collect jewels but like the others i refuse to pay real money for them. Any tips on how to unchain the cards, I can't get it done, help please.
Queen Havannah on January 21, 2013:
I too am stuck on 93, have been since before Halloween! My friend and I were running about the same with each other and she took off and completed the game...110 levels. I read they were working on making more levels. Here are some HINTS for some EASY JEWELS...go back to levels 4, 13, 21 or 34 for lots of RED jewels. I like 4 the best!! Don't know why but they just seem to drop in the sand often and randomly. Also, 32 is a great place to hang out for an hour or so and gather up a lot of GREEN and BLUE jewels. Hope this helps and if anyone has any trick for me on how to get off 93...I'd love to hear it!! Good luck fellow PSS players!!!
Myramc on January 20, 2013:
Does anyon know of anyone who has got past level 100. I don't really want to give up if i know it is possible without spending money
Mariah47 on January 19, 2013:
This game is too hard and too expensive to play and that is why my friends and I don't play it very often.
Carrie on January 16, 2013:
I have 16 extra jokers but can't get one extra for my level...76...I just keep going back and making more but they just don't show up for game like the others. Please help me...
mike on January 12, 2013:
stuck on 93 for weeks now
myramc on January 04, 2013:
I have been stuck on level 100 for 6 or more weeks now, I am getting frustrated and also the amount of time it takes to get red gems to at least get another joker seems to be taking so much longer now than it ever did, I am giving myself until the end of January and I am deleting it also. I love this game too.
Bonnie on January 03, 2013:
Stuck on 100...if you don't get the string of cards in a row, no chance! :) I get up there, and get the string of 5, but the cards chained, that become unchained, never match anywhere near what I need...I've been stuck on other levels before, and have deleted the game from frustration, but always come back, and eventually master it...hehehe...good luck everyone!
Fran on January 03, 2013:
I need to know if on level 65 I get 15 cards in a row, the comment states I did not complete the task over and over. Does it mean the 15 cards need to be all red or all black?
katesped on December 31, 2012:
I also am on 74 for three weeks-- can't get enough points to get a star?? any Help?
katesped on December 31, 2012:
d my red gems to buy extra(create) jokers but they don't show up in my game???help???
Wyn on December 30, 2012:
Can you play this on an iPad 1? Once it loads to 100% it throws the screen back to the homepage and never shows the game.
Ivy on December 29, 2012:
I use the blue, green and red gems to create extra cards and jokers, but what can I do with the purple and white ones? They just pile up and I have nothing to do with them...
BLAHBLAH on December 28, 2012:
I have reached level 52 and it looks as if I cleared 3 stars... but it is not recording it. I'm not sure if it is a facebook issue or a mozilla firefox issue... It is just so annoying to have completed a task and not have it record. Has this happened to anyone else?
myramc on December 10, 2012:
DakotaBleu, you have to have a run of cards to break the chains, as soon as you take another card from the pile the chains reappear.
DakotaBleu on December 10, 2012:
Stuck on 52...HOW do I unlock the chains? I have plenty of time and cards left, but cannot move....
Capricorn on December 06, 2012:
Every time i select anything in this game it keeps coming up with error message Error from Webpage...........etc. it started yesterday on google chrome. tried different browsers same thing. HeLp?
Carey on November 28, 2012:
Myramc, I am also stuck on lvl 100, but the key is unlocking the different color keys and then you also have to have a run of at least 5 cards to get the last 3 on part 2. This needs wise use of the jokers at the end as well as luck to the cards. clear the center part first. I also haven't spent any money, just takes time and perseverance, as well as repeating lower lvls to acquire red and blue jewels so can beat the higher lvls with the joker, 5 card bonus, and multiplier
elsa on November 27, 2012:
Help. I'm stucked at level 52. Any tip to get out??
Tacotam on November 23, 2012:
Stuck with Debbie on Level 82 also..never thought I would hate WILD cards...we BOTH need help
myramc on November 20, 2012:
I am on level 100 and it has taken me a long long time to get here, I have never paid for anything either. I know it is just the luck of the draw of the cards, every level I can see how it is done you just need to wait for the right cards, but unfortunately I can't see how this level is done so I don't even know what Im supposed to be trying to do, if that makes sense. Does anyone out there know anybody who has done level 100? I would love some advice thanks.
Debbie on November 20, 2012:
I am now on level 82 and have never paid to continue, you just have to be paitient and it is all in the way the cards fall, It took me a long time to get where I am and I am truly stuck on this level Lol.
Chelle on November 20, 2012:
All the rules and how to's are there on the page!! At the top right there is a little book icon with a question mark, click on it and it gives you ALL the game information...scoring, how to get each jewel, what you can use them to get and what each booster does.
What I want to know is "Has anyone ever had the experience of whilst playing the game, windows detects some serious error and force closes the pc??" FPN error
sharon on November 15, 2012:
Thanks finally got it.
myramc on November 14, 2012:
Sharon, maybe you should get the extra joker, the multiplier and the extra bonus cards, definitely use the gold cards, the more cards you seem to get in a row the more it helps. I'm not 100% sure about all this but it might help you.
SHARON on November 13, 2012:
I have been on 72 for months, I have 2 sisters-in-law who got it with know trouble, so I know you don't have to buy anything. I have finsh several times but tells me I need one star what does it take to get a star?
Anurag Ghosh (author) on October 31, 2012:
Thanks for the tip, CherylB
CherylB on October 31, 2012:
if you need green gems replay level 5 - you always get 2
Baridd on October 28, 2012:
I am having a hard time with level 57 ! There are 3 locked cards as the last 3 cards so how are you supposed to get them all when you have to open 4 cards to unlock them and then they have to be in sequence !!! I know I could use the joker for one but is it just a case of keep trying till you are lucky enough ??? HELP !!
myramc on October 08, 2012:
Hi suz thanks for your advice I used it and am now on level 76 great I was really getting fed up with it. Deb well done for getting to level 110, if you have any hints on how to pass the other levels it would really be appreciated thank.
Deb on October 07, 2012:
I have mastered all 110 levels. Is that it? Does anyone know if that's the end of the game?
myramc on October 04, 2012:
Thanks for that suz, I will give it a go, I have now been stuck there for over 6 weeks. fingers crossed.
suz on October 03, 2012:
To get past level 72 you need to do a long run of cards, ie 20+ . Do this using the multiplier booster and you can get enough to pass the level. Using lots of cards in a long run gets you more points than leaving lots left on the board.
Christos on September 30, 2012:
How can I send jewels to my friends???
sue on September 29, 2012:
I am stuck on level 30. How do I use my jewels??
Eve Reisinger on September 23, 2012:
I finally deleted the game. I have been on 58 for 6 weeks and I can not move on so there is no use to play anymore. It was fun at first but when you get stuck as long as I have been, I don't think the game will let you move on, so there for it wasn't fun any longer. That is too bad because I use to like the game. I think they want you to pay and I refuse to do so.
pauline on September 23, 2012:
i can get 41 up and going as i have no friends that play it to help me i refuse to pay for what is supposed to be free so that is me done no more play will find a game that is free all the way
email@example.com on September 18, 2012:
Myramic, as I said above, my niece is on 83 and she did not buy anything on this game. I am still stuck on 58 and I have been on it forever and I refuse to put any money into a free game, that is what they want. I am so discouraged, I am thinking about deleting the game. It use to be fun but not any more. At one time, I passed my niece and now I can she has sped right by me. I know for sure she is not paying but why can't I get past 58, I have been on for for 5 weeks.....
myramc on September 16, 2012:
Im glad to hear that it is possible to get passed 72, hopefully that was without buying anything. I will give it another couple of tries but I am sick of trying the same level so many times.
Sigga on September 15, 2012:
I am still on level 72 an has been for some time if you look at youTube it is no trouble playing this level but not for me
Eve Reisinger on September 15, 2012:
My niece is on 83 and I was ahead of her, now I am stuck on 58 and I have been stuck for 5 weeks, I can not move on for some reason. My niece has passed me with no problem and is on 83. Unbelievable. I am about ready to give up. I am not excited about playing the same old scene any more.
myramc on September 13, 2012:
Im still on 72 and i'm pretty sure I have been there for a good 2 months now, tried all the helps but can't get anywhere near the score although I do clear all the cards. Would be interested to know if anyone has gotten any further?
Deb on September 12, 2012:
Still on Level 72, with no light at the end of the tunnel. Has anyone gotten to Level 73 or beyond? Help.........
Eve Reisinger on September 09, 2012:
I am getting very discouraged. I have been stuck on 58 for about 4 weeks. No matter how I try, I can't get off of it. I am about to give up. What is going on?
myramc on September 09, 2012:
limonella, star score means that the level counter on the bottom right has to reach the first line, I think.
Deb on September 09, 2012:
Have been stuck on Level 72 for a week as well. Nothing I do or any combination of efforts helps. Same boat as Steve; jokers, cards and multipliers. And it appears, the more money spent, the less favorable cards. Exasperated!
Limonella on September 08, 2012:
I'am stuck on level 45. I have achieved the 28000 points, but it won't let me pass on, because I need a "star score". What does it mean?
myramc on September 07, 2012:
steve donohue, I am in the same boat as you, I have even used extra joker , extra cards and the multiplier and still can't get the score needed, I don't think there is anyway of passing this level, i have been on it for months now and have gave up playing. So if you do get passed it please post on here to let me know there is a chance, thanks.
steve donohue on September 06, 2012:
i have passed all levels without buying but im stuck on level 72 i have cleared both decks used both goold cards but still will not take me to level 73 help please
Deadman on August 29, 2012:
How do I get passed level 58, I purchasesd a release chain - but how do I get it in my game? It shows that I purchased it in purchase history
Debbie Quattro Wallace on August 26, 2012:
i am on level 39 and there is a fire by my name. when i click to play the game it just brings me back to the map again. I can't play the game and i am getting very frustrated! HELP what do i do?
disha on August 23, 2012:
even m in 72 level since week somebody help to score max ....65k scoring ...m finding difficulty .any tricks
myramc on August 19, 2012:
debd23 you say 72 then you say 52, Im stuck on 72 but if I remember right on 53 you have to leave as many cards on the board at the end to get the extra points, any hints for level 72 anyone.
Daniel on August 18, 2012:
Time booster not working for level 47....you have 1:40 unless you have time booster 1:40 = 100 seconds....i tried so many times go back on level 4 , 10 and 16 for pick up red and white gem...but seem we need to buy something...little bit disapointed about this game...don't want to spend my real money on a game....i prefer to buy something real...with my real money....
myramc on August 18, 2012:
debd23 you say level 72 then say level 52, Im stuck on level 72 and have gave up now for a few weeks getting fed up with it, if I remember right you have to leave as many cards on the board to get the higher score. Anybody any tips on level 72?
lisa on August 17, 2012:
how do you craft with gems for more time booster and such
debd23 on August 15, 2012:
ok...I'm stuck on level 72! I got this far without paying any cash for anything. I refuse to pay cash for a computer game. Level 52 says I have to reach a score of 65,000! I have cleared both level 1 and 2 and haven't come close to that score. I have used a multiplier and that hasn't gotten me there. Any clues?
LayloRob on August 13, 2012:
I finally got past lvl 46 after almost a month, now lets see how long its gonna take to clear the 2 sets in the time given on 47.
gerry on August 10, 2012:
I've played up to level 20 and can't get passed it. I have all different kinds of jewels since I've played levels 1 - 20 over and over again. How do I move up without paying? This is supposed to be a free game.
mildred mcgraw on August 03, 2012:
i tried to buy something i gave my credit card # then they send you a text with pin # i don't have text on my phone what do i do?
Nick on July 31, 2012:
Does anyone know how to claim the lives that friends give .... starting off with 5 and once they are gone waiting for more. What is the point of being able to give lives if no one can use them?
ginger on July 28, 2012:
Hi, found your tips interesting, have a question. am stuck on level 46 and have been there for weeks.requires 30000 points, 1 star level which i have achieved but it won't let me pass on. I've read that others have been stuck on this level as well. any ideas or suggestions ? thanks
Dani on July 21, 2012:
is there any trick to the Level 15 clear in 60 seconds thing? I can't do it that fast and if I do it says I don't have enough points!
sharon on July 17, 2012:
how do you make the bonus and how do you know how many you have of each, what do you press on to use them.
Kjell Inge on July 16, 2012:
Loved this game at first. But then I came to level 53, and found that it's not possible (?). The levels are so difficult that I doubt they're possible without byging something. That's why I deleted the game from my FB.
Free? Yes, but why make it so damn difficult?
myramc on July 15, 2012:
A streak is to get all the cards on a row without taking any from the pack.
Gina Fox on July 14, 2012:
What is a streak? I can't get passed Level 16 without clearing 12 cards in a "streak".
Nikki on July 10, 2012:
You can buy extra cards and other things with the gems instead of buying them with real $. You especially need red gems, which you can get by going back to lower levels and re-playing them over and over. Level 13 gives lots of red gems.
Markay on July 10, 2012:
I am stuck at level 30.....any clues?
Anam Cara on July 08, 2012:
what good are gems? do they do anything?
Viable Way on July 01, 2012:
You get RED gems by picking them up from the screen after completing a level successfully. I have not ignored one to see if you have to mouse over it in order to collect it, but I think it just sits there unless you scoop it up. I am not sure if there are other ways to get red gems, but going back to earlier levels is a good way to get them.