Spiderette Solitaire Instructions
Version 2.0.0 (Dec 03 2002) Copyright © 2001-2002 Andrew Pipkin
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Spiderette is quite similar to spider. Stacks of cards are can be built in
descending rank using any suit, but only stacks consisting of the same suit
can be moved as a unit. Spiderette only uses one deck instead of
two. While this reduces the playing time considerably, it also makes
victory less likely. Several non-standard options have been added which
increase the probablility of winning.
There are four areas of the screen:
- Building Stacks
There are seven building stacks in the bottom half of the screen. Only the
top card of each stack is face up, with the others being turned over when
the card above them is removed. An empty building stack can accept any card.
The default number of cards initially in the building stacks ranges from one
to seven, with each stack containing one more card than its neighbor to the
left. These values can be varied, with a smaller number resulting in an
The stock is found in the upper left corner of the screen and contains the
cards which are not initially in the building stacks. When there are no more
possible moves in the building stacks, clicking on the stock will deal an
additional card to each building stack. All building stacks must contain at
least one card when cards are moved from the stock.
- Discard Pile
The discard pile is located to the right of the button panel and is
initially empty. All thirteen cards in a suit can be moved to the discard
pile if they are arranged in descending rank from king to ace. (An ordered
suit will be moved automatically unless the automatic moving option is
turned off.) The game is won when all four suits have been moved to the
To move a card, click on the card (which will highlight it) and then
click on the destination. Clicking on a card below the top will select
all cards from the clicked card to the stack top if the cards have the
same suit and are in descending order. Clicking twice on a stack selects
all cards in the the stack which can be moved at the same time.
More than one card can be moved at a time. Using the default settings, a
moveable sequence of cards consists of the cards on the top of a building
stack having the same suit in which each card's rank is one less than the
card above it. The suit requirements for a moveable sequence can be loosened
so that a descending sequence cards of the same color or any suit can be moved
as a unit. This makes winning a game considerably easier.
The following rules indicate how cards can be moved between stacks:
A card at the top of a building stack can be placed on top of
another stack if the card's rank is one less than the rank of the card at
the stack top. The suit of the cards does not matter.
A moveable sequence can be moved to another building stack if the card at
the top of the destination stack has a rank one more than that of the
card at the bottom of the moved cards.
Any card at the top of a building stack or a moveable sequence can be moved
to an empty building stack.
Clicking on the stock will move a card from the stock to each
building stack (if the stock does not become empty first.) Each stack
must contain at least one card before a card from the stock is added to
A sequence containing all thirteen cards of a suit arranged in desending
rank can be moved to the discard pile. This will be done automatically
unless the automatic moving option is turned off.
Click on the button labeled options to bring up a dialog box with the
- Can Move
- This option determines what sequences can be moved. The default setting
will only allow descending sequences of the same suit to be moved. This can
be change to allow sequences of the same color or of any suit to be
transported as a unit.
- # of cards in stacks
- This option controls the number of cards in the building stacks at
the start of a game. The default setting will place one through seven cards
in each stack. Changing this option will place a fixed number of cards in
each stack. The variation in which all building stacks begin with three
cards is also called Will o' the Wisp. A new game must be started for
changes in this setting to take effect. Placing fewer cards initially in the
suit stacks will result in a more winnable game.
Click here for information about common options
- Version 2.0.0 (2002/12/03)
- Variable card sizes, backgrounds
and card backs added. Can Move option also added.
- Version 1.0 (2001/06/15)
- First public release