Spider is a Solitaire game made popular by Microsoft Windows. It is played by 1 person only and uses 2 decks of cards. To fully understand how to play Spider Solitaire, we will first take a look at the playing field. The field is made up of 3 sections:
- The Tableau is the section in which the game is played. Here, around half (54 cards) of the 104 cards in play are arranged in 10 columns. The top cards are always dealt face up.
- The Stock contains the 50 cards that have not yet been dealt. Each column in the tableau gets a new card whenever you tap on this stock.
- The Foundation will ultimately contain all 104 cards, sorted by colour and in order from King to Ace, arranged in 8 stacks.
Dealing new cards from the stockYou must deal new cards when you can no longer move any cards. You can only do this if there is at least 1 card in each column. So, fill all empty spots before dealing. A few more handy tips for winning:
- Empty columns: try to empty columns as quickly as possible and use them as temporary storage to see under cards that are face down, to check if they are useful. Use the undo button to go back and try another column.
- Managing columns: try to split columns into 2 different categories: work stacks and waste stacks. Try to keep the work stacks neatly arranged and use them to build parts of sequences. The waste stack serves for cards that are no longer useful.
- Take your time: the speed with which you complete a game does not yield points. So, take your time to find the right move.
- Using a keyboard? Use the key combination CTRL + Z to undo a move and CTRL + H to get a hint.