Rules for Simple Simon


Simple Simon is a Spider-type game where the goal is to order all four suits of one deck from King to Ace in the tableau. Other similar games in Solitaire Plus include Scorpion, Double Scorpion, and Scorpion II.




  • A tableau of all 52 cards in ten piles. Eight cards are dealt to the first three piles, with one less card dealt to each of the subsequent tableau piles.


  • The top card of each tableau pile is always available.
  • Available cards may be built down in value (any suit) ending at an Ace. A King cannot be built on an Ace.
  • Any or all of the cards on the top of a tableau pile that are built descending suit sequence may be lifted as a unit to be built elsewhere.
  • A space made by clearing away an entire pile may be filled by any available card or build, as long as the build is built in descending suit sequence.

To Win

  • Order the thirteen cards of each suit, from King to Ace, in descending suit sequence in the tableau.


Tips: Prefer builds in the same suit where choice is offered. Work toward open tableau spaces as each open space can act as a temporary holding cell for cards not built in descending suit sequence.


Scoring: One point for each card in descending suit sequence in the tableau. Maximum score is 52.


Chance of Winning: 4 in 5 games.