Spider Solitaire is a world-famous card game, based on solitaire, but with several notable twists. Made famous by the Microsoft brand, this game has been in existence since the turn of the millenium, but didn't reach its peak in popularity until the mid-2000s.
Title: Spider Solitaire
Mode: Single Player
Category: Card Game
• 1, 2 & 4 suits, from easy to hard
• Statistics, bonus, score
• Unlimited undos
• 3 card styles (classic, modern & simple)
• Background customization
• Sound on/off
As Spider Solitaire has been a feature on Windows operating systems going back as far as Windows 98, it's a game that has enjoyed international fame and gamer acclaim.
In the year 2005, Spider Solitaire was the most popular game on Windows' PCs. Having been excluded from Microsoft Windows 2000, it was eventually brought back in time for the Windows ME update. The upgrades made to the gameplay and graphics proved popular at this point as the game eventually overtook previous favorite Klondike-based Solitaire.
The new, upgraded version of Spider Solitaire inevitably kept its place on the Windows XP operating system. Upgrades were made again in time for the release of Vista, and these updates carried over to the Windows 7 version. Windows 8 broke the trend of including the game in the operating system. Instead, it was available from the app store to download. However, Microsoft has confirmed the game will be back as part of the Windows 10 operating system, so there will be no need for fans to download it.
Spider Solitaire is a simple game. It's played with two separate decks, which combine to give a total of 104 cards. Depending on a player's current ability, they can play with one, two, three, or four suits. One suit makes for easier gameplay while four makes the game much trickier.
The object of Spider Solitaire is to pile the cards in descending order in a suit-appropriate manner. For example, if playing with one suit, a successfully completed stack would start with a King and end with an Ace. All these cards would be of the same suit – they'd all be spades or all be clubs, for example.
Once a stack has been completed in a legal way, it's then moved to one of the appropriate suit foundations found at the top of the screen. After all 104 cards have been correctly placed into suit-appropriate stacks ranging from King to Ace, the game is complete.
Spider Solitaire has now branched out and has been included on many other gadgets and websites. Most of these use the classic Windows scoring system; however, some will not.
The Windows scoring system begins by giving the player 500 points at the start of the game. The player has a point detracted from his or her score after each move, even if he or she chooses to use the undo feature.
When a player completes a legal sequence of cards ranging from King to Ace and places it in the relevant place, they're awarded 100 points, which are added on to their current score. Because there are eight sections for completed sequences to be placed, the maximum amount of points a player can score from the game is 800. This 800 is then added on to what’s left of the original 500 points to give the player a total score.
Windows stores a player's scores for future reference. These can be viewed by checking out the latest high scores. Here the player can compare their personal best with their current score, or compare their score with the score other users of their computer got.
A perfect game of Spider Solitaire would result in the accumulation of 1254 points. This includes the 800 points scored due to perfect sequences as well as the 500 given to the player at the start of the game. Forty-six points have been subtracted from this perfect score. These represent the lowest number of theoretical moves required to complete the game.
While the Spider Solitaire was made famous by Microsoft, many other platforms have now taken on this unique game. It's possible to download versions of Spider Solitaire from the App Store and Android Store, as well as from other free gaming websites.
It's even possible to play the game online using any operating system, though do be aware differences in scoring and style might exist.
Most people still choose to play Spider Solitaire on Windows though. While it may not come as standard with Windows 8, it is available on the app store, and better yet will be making a full appearance on the latest Windows operating system, Windows 10.