Playing Mahjong Solitaire - Web App

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With Mahjong Solitaire GC app (HTML5 web app), you can play mahjong solitaire using any new browser - either on a desktop like Windows or Mac, or on a mobile device like iPhone or iPad or Android phone or tablet.

For best experience with GameColony web apps, we recommend using Google Chrome web browser.

You can play mahjong solitaire on a desktop using 2 different mahjong solitaire apps:

The above app selection box is shown on top of mahjong solitaire tournament selections.

  • With 'GC app' selected, after selecting a mahjong solitaire tournament, you will see a mahjong solitaire game appear similar to a picture below.
  • With "java" option selected, when you later select a mahjong solitaire tournament, it will come up in an old-style Java applet for mahjong solitaire that will work only if Java is installed correctly as described here.

    A mahjong solitaire game table typically shows up like in the picture below.

  • Selecting 'Finish' button terminates the game with the current score.
  • Selecting the microphone-like icon below toggles the sound on/off.

    Object of the Game
    • The object of the game is to clear the playing area of tiles by matching pairs of tiles.
    • Players can remove only those matching pairs of tiles where each tile has at least one side (left or right) free and no other tiles placed on top.
    • Matching tile pairs can be removed by clicking on each tile in the pair.
    • Reshuffle button can be used when no moves are available. A maximum of 5 reshuffles per game is allowed.

    Playing the Game

    If no moves are made for at least 15 seconds, the game prompts which tiles can be swapped: 2 tiles blink for 2 seconds. The prompt does not necessarily indicate the optimal move -- just a possible move.

    A player can only remove the tiles one pair at a time. There are a total of 72 pairs in a game of MahJong Solitaire. Like cards, the tiles have standard suits. These suits are Characters, Bamboos, Circles, Dragons, Winds, Seasons, and Flowers. The table below shows all of the tiles.

    (4 of each)
    (4 of each)
    (4 of each)
    Dragons, etc.
    (4 of each)
    (4 of each)
    (1 of each)
    (1 of each)

    When matching pairs, Seasons and Flowers are the only suits you do not need to match exactly. Any Season or Flower combination counts as a pair because there is only one of each tile.

    Each time you start a game, you are granted 5 shuffles. When no pairs are left, you may use a shuffle. When you have no more pairs and no more shuffles, the game is over. If you clear the board, you move to the next round, which will have a different layout.

    Strategy Tips

  • Although each tile layout requires a unique approach, the general strategy is to keep removing matching tiles in such a way that each removal would open up more possibilities for future tile matching.

  • In certain situations obtaining matching tiles after reshuffling can be either theoretically impossible or highly unlikely. The key is to avoid getting into positions where the above is likely to happen.

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