Mahjongg Solitaire rules
Mahjongg Solitaire, also called Mah-jongg Solitaire, Mah Jongg Solitaire, Taipei or Shanghai, is the web adaptation of an old Chinese board game.
The objective is to remove all 144 tiles from the board; for each pair of tiles removed you will get two points.
The rules are simple: Starting from the sides, or from the central tile at the top of the pile, remove tiles by clicking on two equal symbols. If the tiles are identical, they will disappear, and your score will rise.
Removeable tiles always must be free on their left or right side. If a tile sits between two tiles on the same level, it cannot be selected.
Note: The four tiles showing season symbols or queens (above, left) match even if they are different; the four flower or king tiles (above, right) match respectively.
- New: sets up a new game.
- Tileset: sets up a new game using a different tileset.
- Layout: sets up a new game using a different layout.
- Restart: restarts the current game.
- Undo: withdraws your moves one by one.
- Moves: displays the number of currently possible moves.
- Hints: shows currently possible moves one by one.
Games and win rate
In mathematical terms, Mahjongg Solitaire is easily described. There are 144!/(4!)36 different games, the probability that you will encounter the same game twice is 1/1.1394912*10200. As to the classic layout, the number of games that actually can be won cannot be calculated, yet experts estimate that good players win every third up to every second game.
The idea for this game came from the www.the5k.org competition held between 2000 and 2002, the objective of which it was to encourage lean, efficient, functional, original and aesthetic web programming. A less than 5kb version of Mahjongg Solitaire took part in the 2002 contest.