Mahjong solitaire is a single-player matching game that uses a set of mahjong tiles rather than cards. Mahjong Solitaire has become one of the most famous games in the world because of its simple rules and engaging gameplay. Mahjong Solitaire is the single player version of Chinese Mahjong. This solitaire matching game is also known as Taipei Mahjong, Shanghai Mah-Jong, Chinese Mahjong, Shisen-Sho, Kyodai, but all with the classic gameplay where you match same pairs of free Mahjong tiles.
In the solitaire version, your main objective is to remove every tile by matching pairs of identical Mahjong tiles.
The 144 tiles are placed in special four-layer pattern with their faces upwards. A tile is said to be exposed if it can be moved either left or right without disturbing other tiles. Tiles that are below other tiles cannot be seen. Sometimes, tiles are only partially covered by other tiles, and the extent to which such tiles can be differentiated depends on the actual tileset.
A player can only remove the tiles one pair at a time. There are a total of 72 pairs in a game of Mahjong Solitaire. Like cards, the tiles have standard suits. These suits are Characters, Bamboos, Circles, Dragons, Winds, Seasons, and Flowers.
When matching pairs, 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.
When no pairs are left, you may use a shuffle move. Each time you begin a game, you are given 5 shuffles. When you have no more pairs and no more shuffles, the game is over. If you clear the board, you move on to the next level, which will have a different layout.