Another fun Mahjong game: Mahjong Connect! Enjoy it!
Mahjong, also known as Mahjongg and Mah Jong, it’s being around for nearly two thousand years entertaining players from all over the world, from country folks in China to kiwi kids all over the country.
Over the last decades, with the arrival of computers and the internet, Mahjongg has become even more popular and gained many new versions, like Mahjong Solitaire, Mahjong Connect, Titans, Mahjong Tiles and others.
One of these variations that became largely accepted by the public in general, is Mahjong Connect. In this version the basis rules and foundations of the traditional Chinese game are kept, but the game has its own characteristics and rules too, making it a unique and fun game. Not to mention how challenging it is!
The tiles of Mahjong
A traditional Mahjong table has 144 tiles that can be made of practically anything, from plastic to marble, depending on how sophisticated the set it. This 144 tiles (or pieces) are divided into six ‘types’ (or categories):
- – Rocks or Circles: have the numbers 1 to 9 marked on them;
- – Bamboos: Also have the numbers 1 to 9 marked on them;
- – Chinese Characters: also present the numbers 1 to 9 marked on them;
- – Wind: have the main geographical coordinates marked on them (North, South, East, West);
- – Dragon: Have the traditional colours Red, White and Green and their edges are Blue;
- – Flowers: This include two exact sets of four rocks each. One set presents the noblest flowers of Confucianism (plum, orchid, chrysanthemum and bamboo) and the other set presents the four seasons of the year (winter, autumn, spring and summer).
Mahjong Connects Table Composition and Punctuation System
A Mahjong Connect table presents 140 tiles laid in a rectangular shape where you have ten tiles in the vertical and fourteen in the horizontal. Most of the tiles you will find on the original Mahjong game you will also find in Mahjong Connect.
However, the difference between the two games is that in the traditional Chinese Mahjongg you will find 144 tiles while on the Mahjong Connect there are only 140, due to the rectangular shape of the Mahjong Connect table. Also, in Mahjong Connect the only flower present in the table is the chrysanthemum.
The goal in this game is to eliminate (remove) all the tiles off the table. Just like in many other versions of Mahjongg you “eliminate” tiles by finding and clicking on two tiles that are the same.
So, that means that the number and the suits of the tiles should be the same so that they can be eliminated. For example, a pair of Bamboo tiles with the number 3 on both of them can be eliminated since they are identical, but one Bamboo tile with the number 4 and a Character tiles with the number 4 cannot be paired up and eliminated because they do not form an identical pair, even though they have the same number on them.
With the Seasons tiles and the Flowers tiles, Summer can only be paired and eliminated with another Summer tile, as does Chrysanthemum, it can only be paired and eliminated with another Chrysanthemum tile.
The punctuation system of Mahjong Connect is quite simple. Each pair of tiles you eliminate will give you 10 points and at the end of the game you can also get a certain number of “bonus” points, depending on how much time you’ve taken to finish the game. The quicker you finish the game (which means, heaps of time left on your chronometre) the bigger will be the bonus given to you.
Rules for Eliminating Tiles on Mahjong Connect
– Rule Number One: The number of tiles that can be paired and eliminated is limited, since the way the table is laid, the tiles that have other tiles on all of their sides cannot be paired up, and consequently cannot be eliminated. The only exception for this rules is: when the tiles to be paired are touching each other, are side by side being blocked by the other tile that you will pair them with. In that case they can be paired up and eliminated.
– Rule Number Two: Any tiles on the “same row” or on the same column of a rock that is on the border of the table can be paired and eliminated with this tile.
– Rule Number Three: If you wish to connect a tile to its identical pair (if this movement doesn’t fit in any of the rules mentioned above), these two tiles cannot be more than three moves (3 tiles) far away from one another. See the example in the picture bellow, where the Bamboo tiles with the number 3 on them can be paired up and eliminated since they are exactly three tiles away from each other (distance represented by the yellow line).
– Rule Number Four: Even identical pairs of tiles cannot be paired and eliminated if they are over three moves away, like the example of the picture bellow. On the case, the two Bamboo tiles with the number 8 cannot be paired up and eliminated, even though they are identical, because of the distance between them. In the example, the tiles are five movements away (distance represented by the yellow line).
Winning the Game
The tiles on Mahjong Connect move accordingly with each pairing and elimination you do along the game. However, the movement of the rocks will not be the same on every game; this will depend on the level of the game (that can go from 1 to 12).
Differently of the other Mahjong games where you can find yourself “stuck” with no possible moves left to make, on Mahjong Connect it is practically impossible to lose. In every game there is a possible solution; the only thing that can make you lose in mahjong Connect is the time, if you run out of time before you can complete the game (eliminate all the tiles off the board) you lose.
Even with the time against you in this Mahjong game, on the easiest levels, you can play it with no rush, not worrying about the time, since it is more than enough to finish the game.
There is also a way to pause the game, clicking on P over Pause on the inferior part of your screen. Once your game is paused, be very careful to return to playing it, DO NOT click on “Return” because this will take you to the initial screen of the game and you will lose the game that you were playing. To resume playing after you have paused the game, simply click on “Pause” again to “unpause” your game.
If, for some reason, your board does not present any more possible moves to pair and eliminate tiles, the game will automatically mix your tiles again and give you a new board with new moves and new possibilities.
Another characteristic of this game worth mentioning is the button “Hint” which will give you hints of the possible pairings in your screen, in case you are not able see any. When you click on this button, the game will highlight the tiles that can be paired up so that you can select them and eliminate them off your board. Make use of this button with caution, when you can’t find any tiles to eliminate or when you are running out of time, because you only get six “hints” in each Mahjong Connect game.