How to play: Scorpion

Scorpion is a highly recommended twist on solitaire for those who enjoy popular patience games. Its gameplay is similar to Yukon but without foundations. In not having foundations, it therefore presents in interesting twist on Yukon and other similar games such as Klondike.


The initial layout consists of 7 columns of overlapping cards. The cards are all dealt face up, with the exception of the first three cards of the first 4 rows. These are dealt face down and will be turned face up as they come into play.

If you are doing your maths, you will realise that this leaves 3 leftover cards. These form the reserve.

The layout is therefore as illustrated below:

Initial Scorpion solitaire layout (Solitaire Whizz for iPad)

Scorpion solitaire layout in Solitaire Whizz for iPad


The aim is to end up with four columns of cards, one per suit, with cards in descending order from King to Ace.


In Scorpion, any face-up card is available for play. A card is played, along with any cards built on it, on to the bottom of any other column, in descending suit sequence. The stack of cards being moved do not have to be in sequence.

In the illustration below, for example, the 3 of clubs and the two cards below it (Queen of Diamonds and 10 of Hearts) may be moved on to the 4 of Clubs.

As in Klondike and other games, whenever a face-up card is at the bottom of a column, it is turned face up.

Empty columns may be filled with a King.


When the game gets stuck, a single redeal is available. The three cards that were left over when the game was laid out are now dealt, face up, one on to each of the first three columns.