The object of Spider Solitaire is to remove cards from play in the fewest moves possible. Line up runs of cards from king through ace in the same suit to remove them. At higher difficulty settings, you can also alternate red and black suits to line up, turn over, and move cards—but you still need runs to remove cards.

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To play Spider Solitaire

  1. Open the Games folder by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Games, and then clicking Games Explorer.

  2. Double-click Spider Solitaire.

    If Spider Solitaire is not available, you might need to turn on the Games feature. For more information about turning on the Games feature, see Where are my games?

    If you don't have a saved game, Spider Solitaire starts a new game. If you have a saved game, you can continue your previous game.

  3. Spider Solitaire is played with two decks of cards (you'll always use 104 cards, but suits are taken out in the beginner and intermediate settings). When you begin a new game, ten stacks of cards, each with one card facing up, are dealt. The remaining cards are placed in five stacks in the lower-right corner of the window and are used when you deal a new row. The first time you play a game, you'll have to set your difficulty level by choosing how many suits of cards you want to use. The more suits, the harder the game. You can change this setting at any time.

  4. To move a card, drag the card from one stack to another. You can move cards according to these rules:

    • You can move a card from the bottom of a stack to an empty stack.

    • You can move a card from the bottom of a stack to a card with the next highest value, regardless of suit or color.

    • You can move a set of cards all of the same suit, and in numeric order, as if they were one card.

    • When you create a run of cards from king through ace, they will move as one card to the bottom of the playing field.

  5. When you are ready to deal a new row of cards, click the deck, or click a stack of cards in the lower-right corner of the window.

    There must be at least one card in each stack before you can deal a new row of cards.

Tips

  • Clear space right away. Get a space open as soon as possible by turning over all the cards in a stack, and try to play cards on the space you just opened. This will allow you to build the longest runs. To see the legal moves you can make, press the H key.

  • Uncover cards. Bring cards into play by clearing off the stacks and turning the lower cards over within the stacks. This opens up possibilities for you very quickly. If more cards are in play before you deal from the hand, you have more possibilities for runs, and fewer "missing" cards to stall your runs.

  • Don't block cards. When you play at more difficult settings, avoid placing lower cards on other cards of a different suit. That blocks them from play until the lower cards are moved.

To adjust the game options

You can adjust the difficulty level and set other game options in the Options dialog box.

  1. Open the Games folder by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Games, and then clicking Games Explorer.

  2. Double-click Spider Solitaire.

    If Spider Solitaire is not available, you might need to turn on the Games feature. For more information about turning on the Games feature, see Where are my games?

  3. Click the Game menu, and then click Options.

  4. Select the check boxes for any options that you want to turn on, and then click OK.

To save games and continue saved games

  • If you need to finish a game later, just close the game and click Save. The next time you start a game, the game will ask you whether you want to continue your saved game. To do so, click Yes.