Spider Solitaire by Finger Arts

Total Score:  28.5

I thoroughly enjoy card games on my iPad and iPhone.  I’ve played the standard solitaire for years and took a chance and tried this Spider Solitaire app on both my iPhone and iPad.   There is a fair amount of strategy to the game and I find this to be my go-to game when I need to decompress.  Basically, for this game all the cards are spades and you create king to ace spreads to move them off the board and into the top section.  It sounds easy – and it can be – but only if the cards land well.

Price Rating = 5      Free.  There are ads, but they do not get in the way.    There is a $2.99 version, I am guessing that one is ad free and has more options.  I have not tested it.

Ease of Use Rating = 5     The graphics are clear and it is easy to move the cards around.   It is much easier to play on an iPad, but that is normal.

 Readability Rating = 4     Fonts are a good size on the text and on the playing cards.

Will You Use It Rating = 5     Playing card games helps you remove yourself from your day-to-day life and relax.

  Downsides Rating = 1     Due to a recent change, after each game an ad pops up.  It is annoying, but the app is free, so personally I can put up with it.

  Consumer Review Rating = 4.5     With over 73,000 re views, the average rating was four and one-half stars.  That is an impressive vote of confidence from app users.

 Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5     I don’t know about you, but I need something to go to that just allows me to focus on one task.  Finding a way to chill out for a bit is good for your health.  At least that is my view.

How does it work? 

This app offers you many options.

  1. You should probably start by setting your options.  Like the other apps by Finger Arts, Spider Solitaire has sound effects and applause.  I like to play quietly and not disturb people around me, so I turn them off.   You might find that the sounds improve your enjoyment of the game.  You can even play your own music and the app will automatically mute all sounds.  That is a nice feature.
  2. You can turn the timer off and on.  You can set the controls to be either right or left-handed.  You can control the status bar and UI brightness.  The feature you might find the most fun – or not – is “card bouncing.”  I prefer the cards to not bounce, but it is a feature you should try.
  3. Once you have the options set, you can start to play.  You can decide to play an easy, medium, hard game or expert.  Easy and Medium games are always winnable.  The others may or may not be.   Tapping an option (like Medium) starts the game.
  4. You first try to build as many spreads as you can before you select the option to add more cards.     If you go as far as you can and tap “hints” it will let you know if you missed anything.
  5. Tap the cards at the top (or side if you are playing in landscape mode) and more cards will be added to your field of play.  Of course, now your spreads will have cards that do not match.  You have to get them out of the way to continue your spread.    You continue this process until you win or have no other options.
  6. I particularly like the “stats” feature.   It gives you a complete rundown on what you have done.  It tells you your best score, the number of games you have played and how many times you have won by level.  It is also connected to Game Center.

As I mentioned, I am mildly addicted to this game.  Writing this review took a little longer because I had to finish the game.  I have arachnophobia so I do not like the icon or, frankly the name, but I enjoy the game so much I try to block the spider references out of my mind.   Let me know what you think – regular solitaire or spider solitaire?

Devices:  This app can be used on either the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.  It requires iOS 7.1 or later.  The App was developed by Finger Arts.

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8 thoughts on “Spider Solitaire by Finger Arts”

  1. Would be 5 stars if it would turn horizontal. I can’t get it to rotate to landscape mode at all and cannot find any instructions how to do it

  2. I’ve played this app for 3 years and loved it until a week ago. I deleted it due to the ad’s that now pop up, run with music, and won’t allow you to close the ad immediately. Finger Arts won’t allow you to rate it with a 1 star or I would!

  3. I love the game.. I’ve recommended it to others… I do have one negative comment however.. and if I’m wrong on this I apologize, but I’ve tried to find the answer and haven’t been able to…. After months of playing it I’ve come to the conclusion that there are some games that simply aren’t solvable… Is that actually the case? If so I feel very strongly that the choice to play impossible games.. or not.. should be optional so that many hours wasted in a futile attempt to reach a “happy” end could be avoided.


    Alan Graham

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