Mahjong Tiles: The Real Truth.

by grugno - Date: 2007-07-10 - Word Count: 455 Share This!

Mahjong is really a famous online game and millions of people love playing it, but do they know what tiles represent? What are the names of every tile? In this article, I will try to explain it giving a short description for every category of tiles.

Mahjong solitaire, also known as Mahjong, is a solitaire matching game that uses a set of tiles. The tiles come from a four player game popular in Asia generally called Mahjong. The 144 tiles are arranged in a special four-layer grid with their faces upwards.

A tile that can be moved left or right without disturbing other tiles is said to be exposed. Exposed pairs of identical tiles (Flower tiles in the same group being considered identical) are removed from the grid one at a time, gradually exposing the lower layers to play.

The aim of the game is to clear the grid by pairing up all the tiles, obtaining as many points as possible while matching tiles in pairs. The game is finished when either the grid is empty, or there are no exposed pairs remaining. Of course the bones that are covered fully or partially cannot be taken to the top.

Mahjong tiles are 144 and they can have two variants, the former called Traditional, the latter European. Here I will tell you something about the Traditional tiles, which are divided into:

- Colors
- Honors
- Bonuses

Colors contain three categories ("characters", "bamboos" and "circles", which are also called "balls" or "dots") and numbered from 1 to 9. There are four tiles of each kind in every category, which sums up to 108 bones in the set. Tiles numbered 1 and 9 are called "the ends", and tiles numbered from 2 to 8 - "the ordinary ones".

Honors contain two categories: "dragons" and "winds". There are three kinds of dragons: a red one, a green one, and a white one, as well as 4 kinds of "winds" - east, south, west and north. Like in case of "characters" there are 4 tiles of each kind. It sums up to 28 Honors.

Bonuses contain 4 "flowers" and 4 "seasons". Both categories consist of one tile of each kind only, numbered from 1 to 4. Since there is only one tile of each kind in the set, BONUSES can be combined in pairs in any way - not only within a category but also within the whole BONUSES set. For example, SPRING can be combined in a pair with any tile within the FLOWERS category.

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