Goal. The goal of the game is to clear the layout by pairing up all the tiles. Solving a Mahjong Solitaire board puzzle is all about avoiding a situation where there are no matches left. There is always at least one valid solution for the board.
A player can only remove the tiles one pair at a time. There are a total of 72 pairs in a game of Mahjongg Solitaire. Like cards, the tiles have standard suits. These suits are Wans, Circles, Bamboos, Winds, Dragons, Flowers, and Seasons.
Matching of tiles. Exposed pairs of identical tiles are removed from the layout one at a time, gradually exposing lower layers to play.
NOTE: 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
General strategy. The general strategy is to keep removing matching tiles so that each removal opens more possibilities for future tile matching.
NOTE: if you have a pair that does not open anything, leave it until need it
As you can see in the example below, removing the top tile opened 5 more matches. That is extremely useful!
Don't forget that you should open new tiles with every matched pair. Choosing obvious pairs every time, such as those from the top levels, will often result in a loss by leaving more tiles uncovered.
Horizontal lines. In certain situations, obtaining matching tiles can be either impossible or highly unlikely. The key is to avoid getting into positions where this is likely to happen. Concentrate on matching tiles on horizontal lines, as these are usually more difficult to remove.
3 identical tiles. When you have 3 or more identical tiles free and matchable, match the pair that will free additional tiles. Matching the wrong pair can lead to unsolvable situations later.
Plan ahead. It is imperative to react fast. A fast reaction means making the correct decision given the current situation as the result of previous decisions. You will be required to imagine your movements several steps ahead. The game might look playable now, but if you don’t look ahead and you make the wrong move, then the game could end with no solutions.
Use your memory. Some of the Mahjong characters on the tiles look quite similar, especially when you must quickly scan many tiles over and over. It is important to be able to distinguish all the tiles correctly and memorize where you last saw a certain piece.
All these tips may look intimidating the first time you play Mahjong solitaire, but don’t worry! This game is easy to learn but challenging to master. You will learn everything eventually, leading to fewer unsolvable situations after each successful game.
Each suite is worth a different value:
Points per tile
Points per match
NOTE: using the hint button doesn't affect the score
The following multipliers affect your final score:
Base Multiplier = 2
Chain Multiplier = 1. Increases when you match the same suit in a row.
Remaining Tiles Multiplier = number of tiles on the board.
Bonus Score (percentages) = Number of Pairs Matched * 2 * 144.
The general formula is:
Score For Suit * Base Multiplier * Chain Multiplier * Remaining Tiles Multiplier + Bonus Score