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How to Play SpiderCells Solitaire

As the name suggests, SpiderCells is a game of FreeCell but you build foundation sequences within the tableau.


Your goal is to create 4 sequences in the tableau from King to Ace alternating by color using the 4 free or open cells to help you.

The Setup and Play Area

Foundation piles: There are no foundation piles. Instead, you build cards from King to Ace in descending order alternating by color, to clear the cards from the tableau.

Tableau piles: This is where all 52 cards are placed face-up in 8 columns. The first 4 columns have 7 cards, and the last 4 columns have 6 cards.

Free cells: These are the 4 open cells where you can place any card.

How to set up a game of SpiderCells Solitaire

Available moves

  • Tableau cards or cards in the free cell can be moved on top of cards of a different color that are one rank higher. For example, a 4 of Clubs can be placed on top of a 5 of Hearts.
  • Any card at the bottom of the tableau can go into the free cells, as long as there is no card in the free cell.
  • You cannot move groups of sequenced cards. To move groups of cards, you can use the available free cells to move them one at a time. As a rule of thumb, the number of sequenced cards you can move is equivalent to the number of available free cells plus one. At most, you can move 11 cards.
  • Any card can be placed in an empty tableau column.
  • You win when you've created 4 sequences of cards from King to Ace, alternating between red and black.


  • The first visible sequence may not always be the best one. Plan out your moves to remove as many cards as possible from the tableau.
  • Use free cells only when you cannot make any moves. Sequence as many cards as you can, then use the free cells.
  • Try to empty the tableau columns quickly. You can move any card to an empty column, allowing you to build more cards.
  • Move Kings to free cells carefully. Kings can only be moved back to an empty tableau column, given they are the highest-ranked card.
  • If you get stuck, use the undo button. You may not always make the right moves, and you may need to reverse some to win the game.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some games similar to SpiderCells?

FreeCell, Eight Off, Baker's Game, and SeaHaven Towers have similar rules with a face-up tableau and free cells.

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