G4A: Spite & Malice

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About this game

Spite & Malice is a competitive patience game for two players. Each player starts with a hand containing 5 cards, a pay-off pile containing 20 cards and 4 empty side stacks.
In the middle of the table there are 3 empty center stacks and the stock pile containing the remainder of the cards.

The object of the game is to be the first to empty your pay-off pile.

The centre stacks are build up from the ace upwards, independent of suit. So the first card can be the ace of diamonds
followed by the two of spades, the three of hearts, etc. Kings are wild. This means that you can play king
on any centre stack and it will turn into a card that fits on the card already on the stack. For instance
if you play the king of spades on a ten of clubs the king will turn into a queen.

When a centre stack is completed (by playing a queen or king on a jack) the stack is shuffled into the stock pile.

You can place any card on the side stacks, independent of which cards are already there. Only the top card of each side
stack is accessible though, see below.

At the start of your turn you receive cards from the stock pile to bring your hand back up to a total of 5 cards.
In your turn you can play a number of possible moves:
- Play the top card from your pay-off pile onto one of the center stacks.
- Play the top card from one of your side stacks onto one of the center stacks.
- Play a card from your hand onto one of the center stacks.
- Play a card from your hand onto one of your side stacks. This ends your turn.

The game ends when one player plays his/her last card from the pay-off pile onto one of the centre stacks.
This player wins the game and receives the number of cards on the other players pay-off pile as points.

The game also ends when the stock is depleted. When this happens the game ends in a tie and neither player scores any points.

The first player to reach 50 points wins the match!
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Mar 14, 2021

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806 reviews
Maria B
October 24, 2021
This would be a great game if the random card generator was better. It seems like it continously gives the same cards to the players, and you end up with piles of the same cards. To have 7 or 8 of the same cards multiple times is something that may happen here or there when you play the game in RL, but this seems to be standard in this game. I collect piles of queens next to sixes or nines, to give an example. Frustrating. Same for the other player.
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Colleen Lawson
November 28, 2021
Best skip-bo replacement there is. I purchased skip bo years ago, but when it was bought out by Disney, they totally monetized AND took the fun out of it. This is the best version of what skip- bo was based on and it remains true to form without intrusive ads. If you do want it ad free, you can pay a very reasonable amount for that OR EVEN for a helpful analysis of your move history.
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Michelle Vermillion
February 27, 2022
I've been playing this game for a few years now. It was PERFECT for the first years, but something has changed in the algorithm(s) that makes the game so frustrating that I am uninstalling it for the 2nd time (hence 3 stars not 5). Whatever guides the dealing more often than not results in a HEAVY load of Jacks or fives or nines, but you're lucky if you receive more than one three or seven or eight during the match. Real-life card playing is NOT this lopsided. What changed?
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