How to Play Mahjong Gardens
Mahjong Gardens is another mahjong traditional game set in an idyllic nature setting, where the players use strategy rather than luck to clear all the possible tiles:
- Clear all the 140 tiles off the board by using either the strategy that allows you to move your piece horizontally or vertically, or the luck rule which states that some tiles are randomly chosen;
- If you are playing a traditional game where you are guided by a pre-determined strategy, then the moves you make are completely random. However, if you play Mahjong Gardens by yourself, then your moves are entirely yours and it is up to you to choose your strategy and stick with it.
The game moves quite quickly so it is important not to leave any of your tiles untended. Once the four birds fly out, you should immediately place one bird next to one of your remaining tiles, and the remaining birds should be spread out across the entire board. If any of your tiles are eliminated, you should immediately remove all the ones in the row so that you can replace them with a tile that will result in a bird. Only use one bird at a time and only when you have a free tile in your own row. The rules of mahjong gardens state that you must release the birds after you remove a tile, and no other player may release birds into your garden.
Emotions from Mahjong Gardens
It is also important to note that in traditional mahjong, you cannot remove tiles by matching them. Mahjongg gardens are played in a different way and have different time limits. Mahjongg gardens are played by picking out numbers from a hat. After consulting the hat, the player whittles the numbers and places them in the appropriate slot on the mahjong tableau. Once all the tiles are removed, the time limit is lapsed and the player loses.