Rate this game:
Get rid of all your cards in this version of Cat and Mouse.
Rate this game:
The object of Spite and Malice is to get rid of your all your cards in your goal pile by placing them on the playing piles. The first player to empty their goal pile wins.
Spite and Malice can be played with 2 to 4 players. In most computer versions, such as the one we feature here, the game is played with two players.
Spite and Malice is played with three decks of 52 cards each, hence 156 cards in total. Each player has their own goal pile, 4 discard piles and a hand with maximum 5 cards. There are 4 common playing piles and a common draw pile. At the start, a certain amount of cards are dealt to each player's goal pile, face-down. The top card of the goal piles is turned face-up. The rest of the cards goes into the common draw pile, face-down.
Hopefully you can use some of these tips on how to win at Spite and Malice in your next game.
With origins dating back until the mid-1800s, people have been playing Spite and Malice for a very long time. Originally from Europe, its popularity in the United States rose after the First World War. A variation of Spite and Malice called Flinch was released in 1905. The commercial version of Spite and Malice called Skip-Bo was released in 1967.
The most common version of Spite and Malice is the two player version where you play against a computer opponent. There is a commercial variation of Spite and Malice called Skip-Bo. Cat and Mouse is mostly a synonym for Spite and Malice, but can have some slight variations in its rules, e.g. 2 decks instead of 3, the amount of cards dealt to the goal pile, and 3 playing piles instead of 4. Although mostly known as two player game, Spite and Malice can be played with 3 or 4 players. Read this guide for the rule variations.
Are Kings wild in spite and malice? Yes, Kings are wild in Spite and Malice and can substitute any other value.
How many decks do you need for spite and malice? To play Spite and Malice, you need 3 decks of 52 cards each, hence 156 cards in total.
Can you play spite and malice with 3 players? Yes, Spite and Malice can be played with more than 2 players, if some rule variations are taken into account. The number of cards dealt to the goal piles is 17 for 3 players and 13 for 4 players. The game is played in clockwise direction. The player with the highest card on his goal pile after the deal starts.
When was spite and malice invented? Spite and Malice is believed to be invented in Europe in the mid-1800s.