The new version of Spider Solitaire is more intense than a regular game of Solitaire and will ensure that the game never becomes redundant or boring for players. Like Solitaire, fifty-four cards are dealt in ten rows onto the playing field. Ten cards are revealed face up and the player has to move cards to corresponding cards that are higher or lower in value. Along the way, a player wants to reveal the cards facing down in order to move them into play. However, when a player runs out of moves, they have the option to click on the extra decks which contain fifty additional cards. When the new cards are dealt onto the playing field, they present a new challenge to the player. If a card lands on a row, and the card number is out of order from the card it lands on, the player has the additional challenge of attempting to move that card somewhere else on the board in order to move any cards above it. If a player is able to get cards in consecutive order, then they can move that group of cards together.
Spider Solitaire provides three levels of gameplay: easy, medium, or hard. The difficulty level is based on the number of suits that are used in the game. The easy version only uses one suit, so players are able to practice their skills of matching the cards by number. When the new cards are dealt onto the playing field, the player can only move the cards to a consecutive number. So, for example, say that a player has the following cards in order, “10, 9, 8…”, and the player has no more moves to make with the current cards on the playing field. The player can move consecutive cards together to higher or lower consecutive numbers on the playing field. If they put new cards into play, and the card that lands on the pile is not consecutive to the other numbered cards, then they have to move that card to another row before they can move the group of cards. So, for example, say that a player has the following cards, “10, 9, 8, 6…”, the player is only able to move the six card. In order to gain access to the group of cards, they must move any nonconsecutive numbered card. The good news: the easy version only uses one suit of cards and players only have to worry about the cards being in numerical order.
For the medium and hard difficulty levels, players have to pay attention to the numerical order of cards and the suits of cards. The medium version involves two suits of cards and the hard version involves four suits of cards. The player has to match up the cards by suit and numerical order and involves more exciting twists as players increase their skill level. The game allows players to put different suits together as long as the cards are in numerical order. However, players may not move groups of cards together unless they are the same suit. So, for example, if the player has the following cards, “King of Hearts, Queen of Clubs, Jack of Clubs…”, the player may only move the Queen and Jack together because they are the same suit. Players cannot move different suits in a group. The addition of this twist makes the game more strategic, suspenseful, and creates unending possibilities that will keep the player entertained for future games.
Overall, on a scale of one to ten, this game gets a perfect ten. The gameplay is new and exciting every time the player plays another round. The three levels of difficulty are great for beginners and champions alike. It can be accommodated for all ages, from children to adults, and something the entire family can enjoy on a nice weekend. The game is addicting from the first time it is played and challenges the players over and over again to perfect their strategy and game play. Spider Solitaire is a true winner.