The card game solitaire has kept generations of people entertained through solo play. Almost everyone knows classic Solitaire, but a recent variation is very popular online. Spider Solitaire is a version of the card game that uses multiple decks and can be adjusted for various play levels.
In both games, the goal is to wind up with all cards stacked by suit in “runs” that go from King to Ace. Creating these runs is a bit more involved in Spider Solitaire, which doesn’t allow the player to stack the final runs separately as they move cards around in descending order on the various stacks.
Spider Solitaire also uses multiple decks of cards, which the traditional version does not.
The spider solitaire goal is to clear the playing area of all cards by organizing them into descending runs. The run has to be completed in an individual suit such as Spades or Hearts.
The game begins with ten stacks of cards, with the top card revealed in each stack. All other cards are face down. There is also a draw pile for when you are stuck during gameplay and can’t make any more moves.
In Classic Solitaire, all four suits are used, but only one deck of cards.
Spider Solitaire can be played using one, two, three, or four suits.
In most online versions of the game, you can also choose the game’s difficulty levels. These correlate to how many suits are being used.
One suit is the easiest version, two suits is moderately difficult, and three or four suits are the most challenging.
Playing with four suits is usually only attempted by those who have played Spider Solitaire for a while and have developed some advanced strategies.
Where Can I Play Spider Solitaire Online?
The Senior Life offers an online version of Spider Solitaire with three levels of difficulty and the option of playing with one, two, or four card suits.
The game keeps track of how many moves you make and how much time has elapsed so you can gauge your progress over time. It also posts high scores so you can measure your skill against others.
There are several daily games to challenge you, including our popular Daily Crosswords in both regular and quick versions.
Our collection of online games for seniors is one of the largest collections of free online games you’ll find. Each one is designed to entertain you, engage your mind, and help keep it sharp as you age.
How Spider Solitaire Works
The online game will deal out the cards in ten stacks of cards, with all being facedown except the top card. Some stacks will have five cards; others will have six cards. The remaining cards are put in the draw pile to use as needed.
To get started, pick up and move the face-up cards, rearranging cards so they stack up in a descending sequence.
You can move cards of any suit on to each other at this point, but keep in mind the ultimate goal is to do this so that each descending stack is in one suit only, called a run. When you achieve a run, it is automatically moved off the table.
When you’ve completed a run or have used all the cards in a stack, you need to move another card or cards to that spot, so you always have a row of ten cards when possible. You can move as many or as few cards as you like from one row to another.
When you’ve run out of places to move cards, tap on the draw cards, and additional cards will be dealt on top of each stack.
Keep in mind the final goal – creating runs in all suits – as you play.
While you can always move different suits around as long as they are in descending columns, this sometimes covers up a lower card you may need later. When moving cards from row to row, look carefully at other card sequences.
Try to look ahead at least two moves.
For instance, if you move cards with high point value to cover a low point card in another suit, you may not be able to access that card when you need it without shifting the cards on top again.
Early in gameplay, try to reveal as many cards as possible to allow for more available cards. The more cards you have in play, the higher your chances of being able to complete runs.
Scoring in Spider Solitaire
You don’t have to keep score when playing Spider Solitaire at The Senior Life. The game keeps track for you, but you should understand how scoring is done to truly understand and enjoy it.
Scoring varies depending on how many card suits you are playing.
The One Suit Game
For every card in a foundation stack, you score 100 points. If you’ve managed to clear the board of all cards, you can receive a bonus based on 500 points less the number of steps you needed. This is a time game. You have six minutes to complete the round. If you do this in less time, you get another bonus of 600 less the number of seconds you needed. All these points together give your total score.
The Two Suit Game
For every card in a foundation stack, you score 150 points. If you’ve managed to clear the board of all cards, you can receive a bonus based on 500 points less the number of steps you needed. This is a timed game. You have ten m7.5 minutes to complete the round. If you do this in less time, you get another bonus of 750 less the number of seconds you needed. All these points together give your total score.
The Four Suit Game
For every card in a foundation stack, you score 200 points. If you’ve managed to clear the board of all cards, you can receive a bonus based on 500 points less the number of steps you needed. This is a time game. You have nine minutes to complete the round. If you do this in less time, you get another bonus of 900 less the number of seconds you needed. All these points together give your total score.
Spider Solitaire is one of the most popular free online games being played today.
At The Senior Life, we offer this exciting game at no charge to anyone interested in improving and retaining their mental acuity by playing a self-paced game by themselves.