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Spider Solitaire is a kind of solitaire card game. This game has become so popular around the globe. This kind of solitaire card game is considered to be easy, entertaining and relaxing. However, other Spider Solitaire variants can be considered challenging and may require a high problem-solving skill. Hence, there are three levels in this card game: beginner, intermediate and advanced.

The Beginner level is considered to be the best game for those who are just looking for some relaxing time while playing solitaire. It is only played with one suit. The winning possibility of the player in the Beginner level is so high. However, the Advanced level is the most difficult, because it uses 4 suits. Hence, most of the players choose the one in the middle, the Intermediate level. It uses 2 suits. It is more challenging than the Beginner level but a lot easier than the advanced one. It uses two suits.

It is believed that the name of the game is based on the number of Foundations in the game’s layout. In Spider Solitaire, 8 piles can be found in the Foundation just like how many legs a spider has. These 8 empty piles are needed to be filled in descending order from the King going to the Ace. The game can also be considered similar with another kind of solitaire game called Scorpion but with a minimal difference from each other. This type of solitaire game originated in 1949, and until today, it is widely played by many.

Spider Solitaire became even more popular when Microsoft included the game in Microsoft Plus! 98 which is an additional pack for Windows 98. From then on, Spider Solitaire has been included in various Windows versions except Windows 2000. However, it was featured in Windows ME and later on in Windows XP. The inclusion of the game in the subsequent versions of Microsoft made it more popular and game upgrades have been made. Until this time, Windows 10 has the Microsoft Solitaire Collection app including Spider Solitaire. The version has been updated and bundled to the operating system.


CARD LAYOUT and OBJECTIVE

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Spider Solitaire uses two 52-deck standard playing cards. A spider has 8 legs so as to Spider Solitaire with 8 piles in the Foundations. At the beginning, all these 8 piles are empty and to be filled once the cards are already arranged in descending order in the Tableau.

The Tableau is arranged with 10 columns. From the left, the first 4 columns have 6 cards on it, the topmost card being faced up. Then the 6 remaining columns have 5 cards each with the topmost card faced up as well. The remaining cards will be the pile of cards in the Stock.

The objective of the game is similar to other solitaire card games - to arrange the cards in a descending pattern from the King going down to the Ace completing the 8 piles in the Foundations and clearing the Tableau. Depending on the level of difficulty, the game uses 1 suit, 2 suits or 4 suits. The Spider Solitaire 1 uses only a single suit, usually a heart, though some versions of the games use clubs or spades. This is the easiest level. However, Spider Solitaire 2 deals with 2 suits, and the most difficult level which is the Spider Solitaire 4 uses 4 suits.


HOW TO PLAY

Spider Solitaire 2 Suits Gameplay Video

Spider Solitaire uses 104 cards or two 52 decks of standard playing cards. Out of the 104 cards, 54 cards will be arranged in the Tableau. The Tableau is made up of 10 columns. The first 4 columns from the leftmost contain 6 cards. Five cards are hidden and the topmost card is revealed. Then, the remaining 6 columns towards the right contain 5 cards each. Four out of five is hidden and the topmost is also revealed.

The remaining 50 cards will be placed in the Stock. In the Stock, there will be 5 piles with 10 cards each, and all cards facing down. Hence, the game only gives 5 deals from the Stock.

The Foundation contains 8 empty piles at the beginning of the game. The 8 piles must be supplied with 8 stacks of cards arranged from the King going down the Ace.

Following the main objective of the game, the player must reveal all the remaining unrevealed cards in the Tableau. At the start, all the revealed cards among the 10 columns must be arranged in a descending manner. A card or a set of cards in descending pattern can be moved or transferred within the Tableau.  All cards to be moved must be consecutively arranged from highest to lowest and with the same suit (if playing Spider Solitaire Suit 2 and 4).Once the player is able to make a set of cards arranged from King going to Ace, the set of cards will automatically be placed in the empty pile in the Foundations.

In the event that there is no possible legal move among the different arranged and revealed cards in the Tableau, the first deal of Stock is needed. The deal from the Stock will reveal 10 cards. Each card will be placed among the 10 columns in the Tableau. Then, arrangement of cards will be done again. The same process applies until the player manages to make a set of consecutively arranged cards. The set will be automatically placed in the empty pile in the foundation, and the player can continue making a new set of cards until all the 8 piles have been filled. The game is over. The player wins.

Unlike in Solitaire or Klondike, in Spider Solitaire, the player has the liberty to move any card into an empty column whenever necessary. A card or set of cards can be moved to the empty column as long as it is already arranged from highest to lowest rank.

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