Mahjongg Solitaire – Fun Along With Brain-training
Mahjong is a great game originated in China and later grabbed the whole world because of its captivating power. It contains a board and tiles having different symbols, which are to be matched with each other and to be removed from the board. Typically it is played by four players. The single-player version has various names like Mah-Jongg Solitaire, Shanghai Solitaire, solitaire mahjong, computerized mahjong or just single-player or one-player mahjong. Over the years, the original mahjong was developed into many variations and its different types came into existence. Let’s see the basic rules with which this utmost popular game is played.
Mahjong solitaire uses a set of Mahjong tiles. There are 144 tiles arranged in distinct layouts with their faces kept upwards. The tiles which can be moved to left or to right without disturbing other tiles are said to be exposed. Exposed identical tiles in pairs are removed one at a time from the layout. Identical tiles are those with Flowers or Seasons in the same group. Removal of identical exposed tiles gradually exposes the lower layers of tiles. You should be aimed at clearing the layout by pairing up and exposing all the tiles. The game is over when either the layout becomes empty or there remain no exposed pairs.
The objective of the game is to match pairs of tiles and thus clear the playing area. You can remove only those matching pairs where every tile has minimum one side (right or left) free and no other tile is placed on its top. Matching pairs can be removed by clicking each tile in the pair. You can use the Reshuffle button when there are no moves available. 5 reshuffles per game are allowed.
You can remove only one pair of tiles at a time. There are 72 pairs in total in Mahjong Solitaire. Just like cards, the tiles too have standard suits. They are Characters, Circles, Bamboos, Flowers, Seasons, Winds, and Dragons. Of these, Flowers and Seasons are the only suits you need not match exactly. Any Flower or Season combination is considered to be a pair because there is only one of every tile.
As told earlier, you can reshuffle if there is no move and 5 reshuffles are granted at the start of the game. When you have no pairs and no reshuffles too to use, the game ends. If you clear the layout, you move to the next level, where you will get a different layout.
- Though each layout requires a unique approach, a typical strategy is to keep removing tiles in such a manner that each removal would offer you more possibilities for further tile matching.
- You have to open up new tiles with each pair they eliminate. Choosing every time pairs which are obvious, like those from the top levels, will usually make you lose the game by leaving the essential tiles below.
- In certain conditions, getting matching tiles after reshuffling can either be theoretically impossible or maybe highly unlikely. The key is to avoid positions where such a condition is likely to occur.
- It is very important to focus and pay full attention to the game. If your mind wanders even for a second, it will cost you much of time to refocus.
- You need to react fast. Time is very important in this game. Fast reactions mean making right decisions given the present condition as a result of earlier decisions.
- You have to imagine your moves many steps ahead. The game may look playable and easy now, but if you don’t pay attention ahead and make a wrong move, the game can end with no solutions.
- You also have to improve your visual memory. Some of the Mahjong characters on the tiles appear pretty similar, particularly when you need to scan many tiles quickly over and over. So, it is important to distinguish all the tiles correctly and memorize often where you last observed “that piece”.