After a tiresome day at work, I come back home completely exhausted and it is during that time that I look for something to help me get relaxed. Sometimes the weekends get boring and there isn’t much to do; no good movies at the cinema and all of my friends are probably busy. It is in these circumstances that I resort to my all-time comfort routine. You may be wondering what it is? Well, I just cook a really fancy meal for 1 person (myself), sit on my couch with the food on a side table, and play my all-time favorite game, Solitaire.
Mahjong Solitaire is one of the best forms of solitaire available. Unlike regular solitaire which generally involves a lot of rules, Mahjong Solitaire is very simple to learn and play. While other forms of solitaire may at times feel very competitive and taxing, Mahjong Solitaire is actually very relaxing as it doesn’t require too much strain. What’s more? Pairing Mahjong Solitaire with your favorite comfort food is the ultimate stress-buster and boredom-buster. This combo is sure to leave you chilled and engaged at the same time.
What is Mahjong Solitaire all about?
Mahjong Solitaire is also known as ‘the tile matching game’. Unlike other forms of solitaire which rely on cards, Mahjong Solitaire uses tiles. This form of solitaire involves 144 tiles, i.e. 72 pairs of identical tiles. There are a total of 36 tile designs, thus two pairs of each tile design. It is very simple to play Solitaire. The tiles are shuffled and arranged face down revealing a plain back. All that you need to do is guess and find matching pairs. This game involves your memory skills and attention because if you pick wrong pairs, then the tiles will be turned face down again. If you do not like the arrangement of tiles or you get stuck in the game, then you can always click the shuffle button or new game button on the right of the screen. The game gets over the moment you finish finding all pairs.
The history behind Mahjong Solitaire
Classic Solitaire originated during the 1700s in northern Europe. Solitaire translates to ‘Patience’. Eventually, the game of Solitaire eventually gained widespread popularity in the late 1800s. Eventually the game made its way across to the USA in 1870 and came to be known as ‘Klondike Solitaire’. As time progressed many variations of the game came about, with different rules and different objectives.
Mahjong solitaire is based on the original Chinese game. The computer game “Mahjong Solitaire” was created by Brodie Lockard in the year 1981. The game was originally called ‘Mah-jongg’ but later on came to be called ‘Mahjong’. Mahjong Solitaire was especially popular among women. The original game is a high stakes game that involves up to 4 players. Today, we can enjoy the single player version of Mahjong Solitaire. Mahjong Solitaire became very successful with over 10 million copies being sold in the 80s, on a variety of platforms. Even today, Mahjong Solitaire continues to be a really fun game to play.
Game Features of Mahjong Solitaire
Here are 5 of the top features that Mahjong Solitaire has to offer:
- The ‘Options’ button allows you to change the board arrangement of the game.
- The game is gripping.
- The tiles have images of animals, symbols, letters and numbers, or flowers.
- The game can be paused and resumed at any time.
- The game has a timer to make it more challenging.
Why Mahjong Solitaire?
Now you may be wondering, “Why is Mahjong Solitaire so popular?” The reason is that Mahjong Solitaire is really easy to play. Anyone from a 5 year old to an 80 year old can play Mahjong Solitaire. It follows very simple rules and can be played leisurely. What’s more? Unlike other solitaire games which involve cards, Mahjong Solitaire is quite funky and has tiles with colourful designs printed on one side. The online version of Mahjong Solitaire is especially popular since you don’t need to purchase and carry the Mahjong tiles with you everywhere