In Cruel Solitaire, the four Aces are removed from the deck, and used to begin the foundations on the left side of the game screen. The remaining cards are then dealt into 12 piles of 4 cards. The player can build down these piles by suit, and can build up the foundations by suit. When the player gets stuck, he can pick up all the cards in order, and deal them back into piles of 4 cards each. The cards are not shuffled in this process, just shifted back into piles of 4. The player can shift the cards in this way as many times as he likes.