This free Spades card game is your chance to play Spades online against the computer. See below for the rules of Spades.
With your computer partner, make bids and take tricks. First team to 500 points wins!
To begin, click the Small, Medium, or Large link under the picture at left. This opens the game in a pop-up window.
To begin, click the Play Game button when the game finishes loading.
Spades is one of the classic popular card games along with Hearts, Poker, and others. Card games are a great way to keep your brain challenged and your mind sharp.
I don't play Spades often, so I'm a bit rusty on the rules. For that reason, below I've reproduced the rules explanation from the How to Play section of this game. You can also watch the instructions as a video from within the game.
HOW TO PLAY. "Spades is a trick-taking card game you play with two sets of partners. In Spades, you're partnered with the player across from you, in this case the monkey, and against the players on your right and left.
"In any given hand, a player must choose a bid amount, which is a prediction of the number of tricks he will take in that hand.
"The dealer leads with the first card. All other players must follow suit, unless they do not have a card of that suit.
"In that case, they may either throw trump, which would automatically have a higher value than the card that led the hand, or they can choose to throw away a card of a different suit.
"The player that throws the card with the highest value takes the trick and gets to lead the next trick. This continues until all cards are played.
"No player may lead with a spade until at least one spade has been used to trump a trick. The way you can tell this is by the spade icon on the top right of the screen.
"At the end of a hand, the number of tricks a team bids on collectively is compared to the number of tricks they've actually taken.
"If the team meets or exceeds their total bid amount, they receive 10 points for every trick bid and 1 point for every trick taken in excess.
"If the team fails to meet their bid amount, the team loses 10 points for every card bid. The excess tricks are also added to the bag count. If this count hits a total of or exceeds 10 for a game, the team "bags out" and loses 100 points.
"If either of the players of a team bids "Nil", that team will receive 100 points if the player who bids nil does not take a single trick and loses 100 points if that player takes a trick.
"The game is over when one of the teams reaches 500 points."
This Spades card game and other card games train important brain skills including attention, short-term memory, and mental flexibility. Play games like this one often to give your brain a boost!
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