Card Games

Spite and Malice

Spite and Malice is a competitive solitaire game, also known as Cat and Mouse. Press the Play button to start the game (Fig. 1).
Figure 1
Deal
Each player receives 26 cards face-down for the stack pile and 5 cards for the hand, then turn over the top card of the stock pile. The player with the highest-ranked card becomes the first player (Fig. 2). Note that a wild card is considered the lowest card.
Figure 2
Layout
Refer to Figure 3 for the layout of the game.
Figure 3
Stock Pile
The goal of the game is to deplete a stock pile.
Center Piles
A player can discard cards from the hand, the stock pile, or the discard piles. The cards in the center piles are discarded in order starting from A (Fig. 4). When the card of a center pile reaches Q, the pile is then moved to the waste pile.
Figure 4
Discard Piles
If a player cannot discard a card into the center piles, they must instead discard one card from their hand to the discard piles (Fig. 5). The turn then passes to the next player. Cards in discard piles can be stacked.
Figure 5
Drawing
Each player has five cards in their hand. If there are not enough cards, additional cards are drawn from the draw pile at the start of the turn. If a player run out of cards during the discard phase, they draw 5 cards from the draw pile. If the draw pile is exhausted during drawing, the waste pile is moved to the draw pile. If there is no waste pile, all cards except for the stock piles are dealt again.
Wild Cards
Kings are wild cards and can be discarded to any center piles (Fig. 6).
Figure 6
End of the Game
A game ends when someone's stock pile runs out (Fig. 7). Points are calculated as the number of remaining cards of the other player plus 5.
Figure 7
Variants
This application allows up to four players (Fig. 8). The partnership can play the game in two teams: north and south, and east and west. A stack pile is shared by each team in the partnership.
Figure 8
For three or more players, the information is displayed in the upper left (Fig. 9).
Figure 9
Center Piles Option
You can change the number of the center piles in the Rule settings (Fig. 10). If "up down" piles are selected, piles starting from Q to A are mixed.
Figure 10
Discard Piles Option
If the Discard Piles option is set to allow only one rank lower or one rank higher, a pass button appears (Fig. 11). Pressing the pass button passes to the next player. If all players pass, the game is blocked.
Figure 11
The length and spacing of discard piles are adjustable in the Game settings (Fig. 12).
Figure 12

Options

Rules

Players

Sets the number of players.
(2 players, 3 players, 4 players, partnership)

Decks

Sets the number of decks. If "Auto" is selected, the number of decks is determined by the number of players and the number of cards in stock piles.
(Auto, from 2 to 10)

Stock Pile

Sets the number of cards of a stock pile.
(13, 20, 26, 30, 40, 52)

Center Piles

Sets the number of the center piles.
(3, 4, 4 up down, 8, 8 up down)

Discard Piles

Sets the behavior when discarding a card to discard piles.

  • A player can discard any card.
  • A player can only discard a card one rank lower or one rank higher. A wild card can be discarded to any discard pile, and any card can be stacked on the discarded wild card.

Separating Decks

When dealing cards, the cards that form stock piles are separated.

Wild Cards

Sets the wild cards.
(Kings, Jokers (2×decks), No wild cards)

Wild Card Ace

If enabled, a wild card can represent an ace.

Discarding Ace

If enabled, an ace can be discarded.

Blocked Game

Sets the behavior when a game is blocked.

  • Redeal: Cards except for stock piles are redealt.
  • The game ends.

Game

Card Counter

Sets whether to display the card counter.

Card Select

If "Once" is selected, when a card in the stock pile or the discard piles is selected, it is automatically discarded to a center pile. If "Twice" is selected, you need two presses.

Sorting Hand

Configures the sorting of your hand.

Rearranging Hand

If enabled, the cards of your hand can be swapped.

Flicking

If enabled, you can select a card by flicking it. The behavior is the same as when Card Select is set to "Once".

Message Dialog

Sets whether to display a message dialog when cards are redealt.

Game / Monitor / 2 players

Monitor Type

Set the monitor type for two players.
(Details, Simple, None)

Size

Sets the monitor size.

Game / Monitor / 3 players or more

Monitor Type

Set the monitor type for two players.
(Details, Simple, None)

Size

Sets the monitor size.

Game / Discard Piles / Portrait

Card Length

Sets the maximum length of cards displayed in the discard piles in portrait orientation.

Card Space

Sets the spacing between cards in the discard piles in portrait orientation.

Game / Discard Piles / Landscape

Card Length

Sets the maximum length of cards displayed in the discard piles in landscape orientation.

Card Space

Sets the spacing between cards in the discard piles in landscape orientation.