Posted: 11/13/2009


USA Character Arcade – This Week, Win a WII Party Bundle


by Laura Tucker

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Are you tired of playing the featured games yet from USA Channel’s Character Arcade yet? I’m not either, but they’ve released more. There’s a new featured game of the week, a new prize, and a new brain teaser game.

The Character Arcade Game of the Week is Spider Solitaire. I hadn’t played that version of solitaire in awhile, but it didn’t take me long to remember it, and remember how frustratingly fun it could be. I haven’t won it yet this time around, but it’s only a matter of time. Before I dreamed of combining writing and watching TV, I sat and played solitaire while I watched TV. I just needed something to keep busy while I watched. I played games like Klondike, Pyramid, etc. But Spider Solitaire is one that was always played on the computer, since it’s done with multiple decks.

It’s a little hard to figure out, as you aren’t allowed a lot of leeway with the cards, meaning it involves a lot of strategy on your part. There are only builds down and no aces to build on or no discard pile, so they can pile up and get confusing, but to me that’s what makes it interesting. An even more interesting part of this equation is that anyone who has registered and plays Spider Solitaire this week will be entered in a drawing to win a WII Party Bundle.

And when you get tired of that, try GeoTrail – Penguin PermaFrost for some more frustration. It seems so easy, but it definitely isn’t. All you have to do is flip over the Penguin until you get to the right block of ice, right? Right. But try to get to the right block of ice first. I’m thinking the only USA character with that brain power to figure this out would be Michael Westen.

Laura Tucker Laura Tucker is the webmaster of Reality Shack, and its accompanying Reality Shack Blog, and is a freelance writer providing reviews of movies and television, among other things, at Viewpoints. She is also an Associate Instructor and 2nd dan black belt in tae kwon do with South Elgin Martial Arts. Laura can be reached at

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