Syed ArhamSyed Arham06.04.2024

    Common Pitfalls in 4 Suits Spider Solitaire and How to Avoid Them

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    The antique game of Solitaire has sprouted into countless variations over the centuries, yet few variants have immortalized themselves in the world of computerized online Solitaire. Spider Solitaire is one of them, and it owes this popularity partially to its infamous 4 Suits variant. This version elevates the complexity and difficulty of Spider Solitaire to such high levels that many players never bother venturing so far. However, true Solitaire enthusiasts, like you and I, don’t fear challenges but fully embrace them.

    Yet, the game’s challenging nature severely restricts the number of players who get to the top. If you feel like you’ve been grinding at 4 Suits Spider Solitaire for a couple of months now and are seeing little to no improvement, don’t be disheartened. It’s very much possible that you’re held to the ground by a few common mistakes that almost every beginner player makes. Luckily, every single one of these pitfalls have an easy and implementable solution. But before we get to the remedies, let’s first have a quick rundown of 4 the game.

    A Quick Refresher on 4 Suits Spider Solitaire

    A Quick Refresher

    4 Suits Spider Solitaire differs from the traditional 1 Suit or 2 Suits versions by incorporating all four suits in the game: Spades, Hearts, Clubs, and Diamonds. The objective of the game is to arrange all the cards into complete suits, from King to Ace (in descending order). Once a full sequence of the same suit is completed, the player can remove it from the layout and continue arranging the remaining cards. The game is won when all the cards have been assigned to a complete sequence. 

    Simple enough, right? Well, yes, the rules may seem straightforward, but achieving mastery is an entirely different challenge. And from my years of experience, I’ve noticed that the biggest hindrance that players face in this game is not their lack of skills, but their inability to recognize and learn from the very common mistakes they make. Once addressed, I believe that anyone can get good at this game given they play it enough times. 

    So, in this blog, I’ll list down 11 common mistakes that even the most experienced players consistently make, and also provide guidance on how to avoid them.

    Frequent Mistakes in 4 Suits Spider Solitaire

    The beloved painter Bob Ross once said, “We don’t make mistakes; we just have happy accidents”. This statement holds for Spider Solitaire as well: you make mistakes that might result in your setbacks and compel you to rethink your strategy, leading to a better understanding of the game and improving your skills in the long run. This is exactly what I plan on doing today by uncovering all the common pitfalls players tend to fall into.

    1. Forgetting The Game’s Goal

    Forgetting goal

    I have yet to meet a seasoned Solitaire player who sticks with just one variant for more than a couple of days. And when you switch from Klondike Solitaire to 2 Suits Spider Solitaire to FreeCell Solitaire, you’re bound to mix up the rules of the game.

    It’s also not unnatural for players to get caught up in individual moves, completely forgetting the end goal of the game. To overcome this, make sure that before every game of 4 Suits Spider Solitaire, you’ve brushed up on the rules of the game and are mindful of the objective you’re trying to achieve.

    2. Using the Stockpile Too Soon

    Using the Stockpile Too Soon

    Like a gleaming bottle of cold water on a hot day, the Stockpile can seem very tempting as you progress through the game and it starts to get difficult. An invaluable resource that’s meant to be used when you run out of moves, the Stockpile is often used prematurely to add an additional row of fresh cards, giving the player a false sense of control over the game.

    As a rule of thumb, make sure that you analyze the layout for possible moves for at least 2 minutes before considering using the Stockpile. While a hundred and twenty seconds might seem like a lot of time, it’s just enough to not only give you enough time to calmly study the game but also to prevent any impulsive decisions.

    3. Over-Reliance on Hints

    Over-Reliance on Hints

    Hints are a gift for players from the game developers. But while hints can be very helpful, especially for beginners, I’ve seen so many players use it every time it takes them more than a second to recognize a possible move. It’s unsurprising that these players have the hardest time getting better at the game, as their frequent use of hints doesn’t allow their brain’s neurons enough room to exercise.

    Not to mention, these hints are also not 100% reliable. Yes, you heard that right! Just try playing a game relying on hints and you’ll see how quickly they will get you stuck in the game. So, if you also have a habit of going for the hint button every other second, try to put an imaginary 5-minute cooldown on the hint button. Play a few games with this strategy and your mind will automatically unlearn the habit of relying on hints without any effort!

    4. Making Emptying Columns Your Foremost Priority

    Making Emptying Columns Your Foremost Priority

    While the goal of the game is definitely to remove as many cards from the layout as possible, many players tend to overemphasize this to an excessive degree. Becoming fixated on seeing the columns get empty is a nice recipe for making your game more complicated. 

    Instead, you should always focus on getting the cards in sequence first. Once you’ve completed a sequence, you can remove it from the layout, possibly emptying a column in the process. My experience with 4 Suits Spider Solitaire has taught me that the only strategy that works for this game is, well, focusing entirely on the game’s goal.

    5. Getting Intimidated by the Disorder

    Disorder

    You’re 25 minutes into the game and the cards seem to be as disorderly as they were when you started. We’ve all been here. In fact, I’d like to confess that this unwelcome scenario has drained my will to continue the game more often than I care to remember. 

    However, as you’d learn from experience, this ‘disorder’ is nothing but a scary illusion. 4 Suits Solitaire is much like solving a Rubik’s Cube in this aspect. Sometimes, what appears to be chaos is actually just one or two steps away from order! This means that you should always persist and watch the game unfold into orderly sequences right in front of your eyes!

    6. Hesitating to Move Partial Sequences of Cards

    One of the biggest ‘Eureka!’ moments I had while playing 4 Suits Spider Solitaire was when I discovered that I could move multiple in-sequence cards across the layout. You’d be surprised to hear how many players either don’t know about this or intentionally ignore this powerful ability.

    In fact, if you ask me, this is the single most useful rule in the entire game! Not only does it increase the number of moves you can make at any given time in the game, but it also allows you to free up more cards, opening up the possibilities for even more moves!

    7. Not Using the Redo Button

    Not Using the Redo Button

    Seriously, it’s not as if you’ll lose the favor of the Solitaire gods if you use the redo button. It’s there for a reason: to help you learn from your mistakes. But apparently, a lot of people that I’ve observed playing this game tend to avoid this button.

    To be fair, it makes sense to be hesitant while using this button if you’re a veteran player who’s confident in their Solitaire skills. But if you’re a beginner or even a decently seasoned player, make sure to use the redo button as a way to correct your mistakes and learn from them.

    8. Keeping the Empty Columns Empty

    Keeping the Empty Columns Empty

    While an empty column is a sight for sore eyes when you’ve been trying to complete all the sequences for over an hour, there’s no advantage in keeping it empty. This is a mistake that lots of new players make and it’s a mistake because it severely limits the number of moves you can make.

    Empty columns can prove to be very useful later in the game, as they allow you the flexibility to reorganize cards and possibly construct new sequences. And trust me, if you ever make it far enough in a game of 4 Suits Spider Solitaire, you’ll understand how important it is to have free space to move around the cards.

    9. Focusing on One Objective at a Time

    Spider Solitaire is a game of strategy and requires intensive thinking and foresight. Many players just pick one card and start finding possible matches for it. Once that match is found, they ignore the other cards and just simply move that card on top of its match. This strategy might work sometimes, but it’ll never win you a game.

    Instead, always try to look at the bigger picture: Is there a better move that I can make? Can I free up a face-down card while also creating a sequence? If I make this move, then what will the next move look like? These questions are what run wild in a pro-Spider Solitaire player’s mind.

    10. Getting Impatient When the Game Gets Hard

    Getting Impatient

    Solitaire was first originally known as ‘Patience’, due to the amount of patience it requires to play the game. Most new players treat 4 Suits Spider Solitaire like a game of Blitz Chess, making moves without even giving them a millisecond’s worth of thought. 

    So, always ensure that your favorite beverages and snacks are within reach before you start a game of 4 Suits. Additionally, it’s important that you are seated cozily in a comfortable environment. All these factors will make it much easier to relax and completely immerse yourself in the game without having your patience meter running low on fuel.

    11. Not Practicing Enough

    Now we’re just stating the obvious, right? Well, no. I’ve seen people who’ve played no more than 5 games of 4 Suits Spider Solitaire before they give up on any prospects of getting better at the game. The reason for their lack of improvement is simple: they haven’t practiced the game enough times.

    Now you might be wondering how exactly you determine what constitutes ‘enough’. I wish that there was a straightforward answer to this question, as every person’s learning curve is different. I can assure you, however, that as long as you keep playing the game with dedication and passion, you won’t even have to keep track of the number of games you’ve played!

    Conclusion

    4 Suits Spider Solitaire is an extremely rewarding game once you’ve learned how to ride the horse. But this is only possible if you’re mindful of the mistakes you’re making and actively try to address them in the next game. Every time you make a mistake, just remember the wise words of Bob Ross!

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