The rules of the game of Mahjong /Useful tips
The aim of Mahjong is to build a harmonious set with the tiles. It consists of three or four groups and a pair. Each set can be either a Pung (a triplet of identical tiles), a Kong ( a set of 4 identical tiles), or a Chow (a numerical sequence of three tiles in the same suit). The classic version of this traditional Chinese game, which involves 4 players, is played with 144 tiles.
In a single-player version,the goal is to match open pairs of identical tiles and remove them until the whole board is cleared. You can only remove the tiles which are not blocked by any other adjacent tiles from the left, right or top.
There are 4 copies of every tile, apart from the tiles that belong to two special groups; season tiles and flower tiles. They are unique and since they have no matching pair, they can be removed in any combinations. Any season or flower combination counts as a pair.
There is a timer at the top of the screen to measure your game time. Your highest scores are archived. Bookmark ''Scores'' to find the best scores achieved by other users.
If you haven't played the game of Mahjong yet, start with getting acquainted with the tiles. Your game time is measured automatically.
History of the game
The game emerged sometime between 1850 and 1880. It is believed to have been inspired by a popular Chinese card game called Mao-Tiao. In its traditional version, the game is intended for four players. The list of the most probable authors of the game includes an anonymous soldier from Ningpo, Hung Hsiu-ch'uan, the leader of the Taiping Rebellion, and Chen Yumen from Ningpo.
In its original version, the game of Mahjong was played with 40 stones. In the 17th century, the players used 108 stones. Nowadays, the set consists of 144 tiles.
Some interesting facts about the game
There are a lot of legends about the roots of Mahjong. According to some of them, the game might have been invented by a fisherman called Sze, a biblical character called Noah, or even one of the most famous philosophers, Confucius.
The list of more probable authors of the game includes an anonymous soldier from Ningpo, the leader of the Taiping Rebellion, and Chen Yumen from Ningpo.
The game emerged sometime between 1850 and 1880, most probably in China.
The Chinese name of the game is Májiang, which literally means ''hemp general'', whereas in Japan it is referred to as Majan (''hemp sparrow”). The English name is Mahjong.
In its original version, the game was played wiyh 40 stones. In the 17th century, the players used 108 stones. Nowadays, the classic set consists of 144 tiles.
The Japanese version of the game of Mahjong is usually played with 136 tiles, instead of 144.
The game uses different rule sets such as Chinese, Japanese, British, European or American.