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Scorpion Solitaire

Welcome to 247 Scorpion Solitaire! In this version of Solitaire, you will build sequences of the same suit in descending order. Unlike Spider Solitaire, though, you may move around flipped cards on the tableau. Start setting your best times now!

How to play Scorpion Solitaire

how to play scorpion solitaire

The game begins by automatically setting up your tableau, your playing area, with seven stacks. The first four stacks have three revealed and four unrevealed cards. The latter three stacks have seven revealed cards. You’ll be moving cards between these stacks to build sequences.

scorpion solitaire objective

The objective of the game is to build sequences, which are stacks of cards in the same suit from King down to Ace. When you complete a sequence, it’s removed from the tableau, freeing up space. In Scorpion Solitaire, you can move any flipped card to the next spot of a sequence—just remember that the cards below it follow!

scorpion solitaire stacks

At some point, you’ll have an empty column. The only card you can place here is a King, from which you can build a complete sequence.

scorpion solitaire instructions

Clicking the little deck in the bottom right will place the remaining three cards onto the tableau. This is the best move either when you want to reveal a few more cards or you have no other plays to make.

Remember that once you’ve completed all the sequences, you win!

Scorpion Solitaire Strategy

The objective of Scorpion Solitaire is to create sequences and remove all cards from the playing area. There are specific mechanics that make this version distinct, but the gameplay is similar to a mix of Spider and Yukon Solitaire. How do you win Scorpion Solitaire, though?

First, you’re going to want to observe the entire board before making moves. Sometimes, a bad move early on can cut off an advantageous column. You want to ensure Kings remain at the top of sequences, so you’ll probably want to free those up first. When you empty a column, move those Kings in!

Importantly, though, you want to reveal as many of the cards on the tableau as early as you can, which means your priority is removing cards in the left four stacks. This also means you should wait to reveal the stock cards until you have no other moves.

While it may be tempting to move mismatched stacks around until you can build them into a sequence, this can block many sequences from happening in the first place. Be sparing regarding these moves, and always opt for completing sequences before moving more cards on top.

This is a difficult version of the game, so don’t be discouraged if it takes several attempts to win. Practice makes perfect!

Scorpion Solitaire FAQs

What is the difference between Scorpion Solitaire and Spider Solitaire?

Both Scorpion and Spider Solitaire are about building sequences of like suits from eight stacks of cards. However, there are some key differences. First, in Scorpion, you may move entire stacks of cards (like Yukon) even if the cards below don’t fit the sequence. Second, Scorpion has a different tableau setup than Spider, including foundations. Lastly, while the stock adds cards to every column in Spider, Scorpion Solitaire only has a few cards left over to add.

Why is Scorpion Solitaire so hard?

Scorpion Solitaire can be harder than other Solitaire games because of its specific mechanics. While it may seem advantageous to move a card into a spot temporarily to free up another card above it, all the cards below will get in the way of your sequences. Also, this version requires a lot more strategy and forward planning than other versions.

Where did Scorpion Solitaire come from?

Solitaire has a long history, and each version of Solitaire has its own story. Unfortunately, the story of where Scorpion Solitaire came from is shrouded in mystery. It likely accompanied other versions of these games in books. Its gameplay is akin to Spider Solitaire and Yukon Solitaire, so it may have originated around the same time as those two.

Are all Scorpion Solitaire games solvable?

Unfortunately, because of the nature of card decks, only around 80% of Solitaire games are solvable—including Scorpion. There are times when it's virtually impossible for a hand to be completed, and sometimes a bad move in the beginning can make the rest of the game impossible. Luckily, it’s very easy to try again!

Is Solitaire good for the brain?

Yes! Solitaire has been proven to improve cognitive ability simply due to the skills needed to complete games: organization, prioritization, and more. For seniors, Solitaire is an especially beneficial game because of the memory required and the fact that it can be played whenever.

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