CNET Editors' review
SpiteNet: Spite and Malice presents an interesting mix of conventional solitaire and FreeCell that will test your luck, skill, and cunning, as well as your ability to tear yourself away from addictive gameplay. An easy-to-follow tutorial teaches you the basic concepts and strategies. Your opponent, a grizzled cowboy, offers witty remarks when he steals your move or makes a good play. If you get too annoyed with his cruel jabs, click his picture to give him a well-deserved slap in the face.
Along with that cathartic release, SpiteNet also offers numerous gameplay options, such as the number of players (up to four), a choice of sound files, rule variations, and a choice of backgrounds. To keep its file size small, SpiteNet has no soundtrack and few sound effects. The full version lets you play online against real opponents, although the demo disables this feature. We searched and searched for a valid reason not to give this humble game five stars, but we came up empty. If you're an avid card player, be sure to try SpiteNet. Gamers with addictive tendencies beware, though: you might end up playing this solitaire shootout for hours.
This card game with an attitude, is fast moving and addictive. It's a form of competitive solitaire, where you are challenged by the wit and skill of Spite, the resident computer opponent. It's a very old card game, aka Cat and Mouse and similar to SkipBo. Choose a 2, 3 or 4 player game against entertaining computer personalities. Use standard picture playing cards or special easy to read cards. There are 3 computer skill levels and changeable rules.
Also Internet/LAN playable against humans. Quick start tutorial included. Version 10.0 adds Vista support, new install, Help file, graphics, intro music and number only card sets.
What's new in this version: Version 10.0 adds Vista support, new install, Help file, graphics, intro music and number only card sets.
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All versions:4.3 stars
out of 23 votes
Current version:3.5 stars
out of 2 votes
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"Computer Simulation of Spite and Malice"
Version: SpiteNET: Spite and Malice 10.0
Addictive computer simulation of the old card game Spite and Malice (similar to the commercial card game Skip-Bo).
Difficult to win at least at first.
Contrary to other reviews, the computer does NOT cheat at this game and I proved it. I put the game in cheat mode and slowed down the animation as much as I could. I then saw what the computer was doing. The computer was NOT cheating, but was using a very sophisticated and very devious algorithm. I then put the game back in normal mode with normal animation. I then used (as close as possible) the computer's own devious algorithm against it. I then played 50 games. I won 20 of them. I therefore proved that the computer was NOT cheating but instead was using a very sophisticated and very devious algorith, If you play it --- good luck!!Correction: I won 22 out of 50.
Updated on Jul 6, 2012
"Decent but biased"
Version: SpiteNET: Spite and Malice 10.0
Good graphics, good play
Computer almost always gets the best cards.
I've had this for several years and have finally gotten tired of losing more than 80% of the time. I now use Net Spite and Malice which seems to be fairer.