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Encyclopedia > Spider Solitaire (Windows)
Spider Solitaire

Spider Solitaire in Windows Vista
Developer: Oberon Games and Microsoft
Latest release: 6.0.6000.16386 / November 8, 2006
OS: Microsoft Windows
Genre: Card game
License: MS-EULA
Website: Windows Vista Help: Spider Solitaire: how to play

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Features

This version allows the user to choose one of three difficulty settings. Easy mode is played with eight sets (Ace through King) of Spades; Medium mode uses four sets each of Hearts and Spades; and Hard mode is played with two standard decks.


Spider Solitaire allows moves to be retracted, except dealing a new row or completing a run (ace-to-king sequence, which is then removed.) Any number of moves can be retracted, back to the last non-retractable move. Therefore, a possible strategy is to expose as many face-down cards as possible, retracting afterward, before choosing a move.


The version of Spider Solitaire included in Windows Vista allows any move to be retracted. Windows Vista is a line of graphical operating systems used on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, Tablet PCs, and media centers. ...


Strategy tips

Not every game of Spider Solitaire can be won, but you have a better chance of winning if you plan your strategy carefully. Below you will find some simple rules that can increase your chances of winning Spider Solitaire.

  • Preferably, build in sequences following suit as opposed to non-suit sequences.
  • If you build a non-suit sequence, start with those of higher ranks (to maximise the number of cards they can hold).
  • Try to expose hidden cards whenever possible.
  • Spaces should be made as soon as possible and used to move cards into groups by suit.

Playing styles

For the beginner to intermediate player advancing through the different difficulty settings is challenging enough.


For seasoned veterans two obvious ways of added difficulty are possible.

  • One way is to try to win every game. To play in this style you have to allow yourself to retract at will or restart if necessary. If you are prepared to mull over seemingly insolvable situations for quite some time this can be great fun. As mentioned earlier not every game is solvable, but I have yet encounter an unsolvable game myself. Try winning 100 games in a row in a month as a start...
  • Another way to play is to try to achieve top scores. Playing in this style you start many games but finish few. As soon as you discover that you have an unlucky deal you start a different hand. The details of scoring follows.

Scoring

A player's score for a game is calculated by subtracting the number of moves from 500, then adding 100 times the number of completed runs removed. Thus, a game requiring 100 moves to complete would result in a score of (500 - 100) + (8 * 100) = 1200. A perfect game will result in a score of 1254. This is calculated by:

  • Taking the total number of cards (104) and subtracting the eight Kings. The Kings do not need to be placed anywhere specific.
  • The remaining 96 required moves can now have 50 subtracted from them, since there are a total of 50 cards brought up from the five stacks of 10. This is because all the cards brought up from these stacks could be placed in the right location. This is extremely unlikely.
  • The remaining 46 moves can be subtracted from the sum of 500 (the starting score), and 800 (the total score obtained from all eight runs). 500 + 800 - 46 = 1254.

Examples of wasted moves:

  • Moving a King.
  • Creating an empty pile before the next deal.
  • Moving a card that is already in sequence.
  • Moving a card (or stack) onto a card of non-matching suit.

Games requiring fewer than 96 moves to complete have been achieved. This can occur during the five deals when a card lands by luck in proper sequence (e.g. a 2 lands on a 3), saving the player a move.


It should be noted that doing one's best to win games is much more challenging than playing for record high scores. The game's complexity comes from branching paths: different possible moves. A good strategy is to explore all branches as deeply as possible without making a non-retractable move. In doing so, the number of branches in some situations can get out of hand rapidly. However, wasted moves constitute the vast majority of possible moves, and only non-wasted moves need to be considered by a player going for a perfect game. This narrows the options down immensely, as the number of possible non-wasted moves is quite often one or zero. Thus playing for a perfect (or near-perfect) game requires much less decision-making than playing for a win. However, keep in mind that retracting a move also counts as a move for scoring purposes, therefore even if you play a perfect game, you won't have a perfect score unless you play without retracting any moves.


 
 

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