How to Play Dragon Mahjong

Dragon Mahjong is one of the most popular mahjong games online or in some online casino  which use the Shanghai mahjong board. The Shanghai mahjong board consists of 144 tiles with different images on each tiles, usually different imaginings of numbers, flowers, and seasons. However, playing Dragon Mahjong is completely different from playing the original mahjong board from China, which requires four people to play and a bunch of complex rules for the player to obey in order to win the game. The Dragon Mahjong is a simple game of matching the mahjong tiles in the shortest amount of time possible.

How to Play Dragon Mahjong

  1. Game Overview

In Dragon Mahjong game you will find a mahjong board which tiles are arranged in grids and stacks. The tiles at the top of the stack and the outer sides of the stack are the ones you should pair up so that you can get to the bottom of the stack and finish the game at the shortest amount of time possible. The board and the layouts of the stacks are generated and arranged by the computer. The stacks are different in layouts and height depending on the level of the player. There are hundreds of stack layouts and arrangement that players have to solve. Usually, it takes about 5 to 15 minutes for a player to finish the board.

  1. Objectives of the Game

The goal of the Dragon Mahjong is to clear the boards by matching all the tiles in the shortest amount of time possible. Players can only match identical tiles that are free, usually placed at the highest stack or the outer sides of the stacks. Generally, there are four conditions for two tiles to be matched. The tiles have to be identical such as 4 and 4, west and west, and such. The flower and season tiles can be paired with each other even though they are not identical. A tile is considered free if there is no other tiles laying on top of it or covering it and there are no other tiles on the left or right side of said tile. Normally, the same tile will appear at least four times in a Dragon Mahjong game and if you paired the tiles incorrectly, you might end up cannot finish the board. Some online casino games allow players to redo their turn, shuffle the board, giving hints, or even restart the game.

  1. Some Playing Tips

Some people might think that the Dragon Mahjong is a game of luck. However, there are some strategies and tips that you can do in order to win the game. First, you need to pair off the tiles that will open up more tiles. Try to identify which tiles you match even before you free them so that you will be able to plan how to free them. The hint option that is provided does not always show the best move. It could only show players the first move it can find. So, it is not necessarily a good idea to use the hint option.


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