Arkadium Spider Solitaire

Game Description: In Arkadium Spider Solitaire you have 10 minutes to try to build 8 stacks of cards from King to Ace of the same suit.

How to Play Arkadium Spider Solitaire:

  • Select your game level: Easy-One Suit, Medium-Two Suits, or Difficult-Four Suits.
  • Spider Solitaire is always played with two full decks of cards. Therefore, you will use 104 cards.
  • In spider solitaire the cards are ranked from King (high), to Ace (low) as follows: K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8. 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, A.
  • When you begin a new game, 54 cards are dealt to 10 stacks. All cards are dealt face down, except for the top cards of each stack which are dealt face up. The remaining 50 cards are placed face down in 5 stacks at the upper-right corner of the game screen and are used to deal a new row 10 at a time.
  • In spider solitaire only the bottom card, or cards, can be moved from one stack to another stack.
  • To move a card, drag the card from one stack to another.
  • You can move a card from the bottom of a stack to a card with the next highest value, regardless of suit or color. For instance, any four may be moved on top of any five as long as that five is the bottom card of a different stack.
  • You can move a set of cards all of the same suit, and in descending numeric order, as if they were one card. For instance, if you have built a sequence consisting of the 9, 8, 7, and 6 of spades these cards may be moved as if they were a single card.
  • You can move a card from the bottom of a stack to an empty stack.
  • When you have no plays left click the top stack at the upper-right to deal another row of cards.
  • There must be at least one card in each stack before you can deal a new row of cards.
  • When you create a set of cards from king through ace, they will automatically move as one card to the top of the playing field.
  • Your goal is to build all 8 stacks from King to Ace of the same suit to win!
  • There is a 10 minute time limit!

Arkadium Spider Solitaire Game Options:
  • The game sounds may be turned on or off by clicking the 'Sound On/Off' button located just to the left of the clock.

Arkadium Spider Solitaire Playing Tips:
  • If you are new to spider solitaire, or not very experienced, start with the One-Suit game level. Then, work your way up to the more advanced levels.
  • Try to clear a stack as soon as possible by turning over all the cards in a stack. Then play cards on the space you just opened. This will give you the greatest flexibility and allow you to build the longest runs.

Richard's Rating: 4 out of 5.

Comments: Even though Arkadium Spider Solitaire calls the One-Suit game easy, I personally have a hard time completing it before the 10 minutes are up. I guess, perhaps, I need more practice? Maybe I just need to get into a faster rhythm of playing? (I would rather think that, instead of thinking of the alternative that I am not very bright. lol.) Anyway, it really is a lot fun to try. If you want to face the ultimate challenge, Arkadium Spider Solitaire is certainly the game for you! Spider Solitaire is tough enough. But, Arkadium Spider Solitaire takes things to a whole new level and makes it even tougher with a 10 minute time limit! Good luck!

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Other Games: If you would like to play spider solitaire without a time limit, you may like to try Crystal Spider Solitaire.

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  1. The one suit game is way too easy. The two suit game is much better. Advice: don't put too many 'wrong suit' cards on top of each other. Abandon a game if it has gone wrong. It will come round again and you can have another go. Don't rush; the time limit is plenty. I can usually get a game out with two or three minutes to spare if it is going to come out at all. Have sometimes been timed out or up to the wire but not often. It's a very satisfying challenge.

  2. Hi Maddie,

    Thanks for your comment. Although I have not played Arkadium Spider Solitaire in quite a while, I still remember that the 10 minute time limit posed a big challenge for me even when I played the one suit game. I still think this game takes practice, although you are certainly more skilled with this game than I am. Perhaps you are ready to challenge yourself with the four suit game? Now that would be a challenge!

    Richard, from Richard's Game Reviews

  3. Today I played a game that ended up, when it all came out, with only 7 complete suits instead of 8. So as there was no more cards to deal out, it was impossible to finish. Weird!

  4. I played spider, one suit, and my score was 7:29,(2:71seconds) 106,(moves) 1643...
    I must of had a, Off day??

  5. Yes Maddie, while playing Spider Solitaire Online, sometimes it is impossible to finish it. I also get angry on that situation. Really Weird!!