Gnomitaire is a new game from the developer of Card Crawl and Miracle Merchant. This time round you’re trying to beat a cheeky gnome bartender in a quick-fire and unique solitaire game. It’s pretty darn good, but it can be pretty complex too.

Not to worry, though, because that’s where this guide comes in. We’ve played a good chunk of the game and come up with all the hints, tips and tricks you’re going to need to beat the dealer and work your way up the challenge leaderboards.

If you’ve also played the game and you’d like to share some of your experience, make sure you use the comments section at the bottom of the article. Before that, here’s everything we think you’re going to need to win in Gnomitaire.

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Use Empty Space

When you’ve got rid of one of the piles at the bottom of the screen, you can move cards into it. Those cards can come from the top of one of the other piles, or from the columns above that you’ve already played.

This is a great way to reveal more cards in other piles, and to correct mistakes you might have made when laying down other cards. Quite often you can turn defeat into victory by utilizing the empty spaces left at the bottom of the screen.

Always Check Your Suits

It’s really important that you’re constantly checking your suits. Not just the suit the card bears, but the suits that can be laid on top of it. It’s all well and good laying down a card, but if you can’t play anything on top of it then you’re pretty much screwed.

This is really the core of the game and the sooner you get it down the better you’re going to do. It’s even more important in expert mode, where you can’t lay more than on of the same card in the same column OR row.

Keep Your Options Open Early

The cards you put at the top of your columns want to have as many suits at the bottom as possible. Your options are limited to start off with, so keeping them as open as possible is the best way to make sure you’re going to be able to finish.

The further down a column you go, the more your options will be naturally closed off by the choices you’ve made. So if you’re putting a card with three potential suit choices at the third position, you’re really wasting an opportunity.

Download Gonomitaire from the App Store and Google Play Store