Katz und Maus is a type of solitaire game for 2 people, which has been played in many families for several decades. It is also known as Spite and Malice or Skip-Bo.
The aim of the game is to be the first to lay your hand. You use your hand cards, including some Jokers and of course your opponent’s plays. The winner is the first player to lay down their own deck of cards.
Show off your skills by using your hand intelligently and cleverly lay your hand cards on your auxiliary stack!
In the lobby you can select which game style you want to play under Settings.
You can open up a game round by clicking on the button ‘New Game’. You can choose who can take a seat at the table and what the stakes are. You can choose the number of cards (5-15) that has each player has lying on his personal discard pile and must get rid of. Of course you can also join a round already opened by another player.
It will be shown on the right side of the table which player's turn it is, the remaining time to take your turn as well as the stake and your credit. You have the possibility to chat with your fellow players through the chat function.
Spite and Malice is played with two decks of 52 cards. The ranking of the cards is the following: A-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-Jack-Queen. Kings are a Joker and can be laid down instead of every other card.
Each player begins the game with five hand cards fanned out. The personal pile consists of 5-15 other cards, which all remain covered apart from the top card. The player with the highest card on his deck starts.
To get rid of your cards from your personal pile, they must be laid on 1 of the 3 discard piles in the middle in ascending order from ace to queen (regardless of colour). Here you can use your hand cards or cards of your auxiliary stack. If a discard pile is full (the Queen has been laid), it is removed automatically and you can start a new discard pile with an Ace or a Joker.
Your turn is over when you discard any card from your hand cards to one of your 4 auxiliary piles. Any cards can be laid on top of each other here, but it is advisable to follow a useful order. For your next turn you can get as many cards from the taking pile until you again have 5 cards in your hand. If a player lays all of the cards from his hand during his turn, he receives 5 new cards from the deck.
You can see the top card of your opponent and how many cards he has in his pile, so you can align your tactics accordingly.
End of the Game
The player who is able to put the last card from his personal deck of cards in the middle, wins the game. If the remaining cards are used up, the player who has fewer cards in his own deck of cards wins.