Mahjong Titans: how to play


Mahjong Titans is a solitaire game played with colorful tiles instead of cards.

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To start a game

  1. Open the Games folder by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type games, and then, in the list of results, click Games Explorer.

  2. Double-click Mahjong Titans.

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  3. Select a tile layout: Turtle, Dragon, Cat, Fortress, Crab, or Spider.

  4. Click a tile, and then find and click its pair.

To save a game

  • If you need to finish a game later, just exit the game, and then click Save. The next time you play, you'll be asked whether you want to continue your saved game. If so, click Yes.

To change game options

You can turn sounds, tips, and animations on and off, and more.

  1. Open the Games folder by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type games, and then, in the list of results, click Games Explorer.

  2. Double-click Mahjong Titans.

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  3. Click the Game menu, and then click Options.

  4. Make your choices, and then click OK.

To customize the game's appearance

You can choose different tile sets and backgrounds.

  1. Open the Games folder by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type games, and then, in the list of results, click Games Explorer.

  2. Double-click Mahjong Titans, and then choose a tile layout.

    (Don't see it? Check Where are my games?)

  3. Click the Game menu, and then click Change Appearance.

  4. Make your choices, and then click OK.

Picture of the game Mahjong Titans
Mahjong Titans

Mahjong Titans: rules and basics

The object

Remove all the tiles from the board.

The board

Each game begins with 144 tiles, arranged into six different layouts: Turtle, Dragon, Cat, Fortress, Crab, and Spider.

There are three basic tiles: Ball, Bamboo, and Character. Each of these tiles is numbered one through nine.

There are also four special tiles: Winds, Flowers, Dragons, and Seasons. Some of these tiles are marked with a letter.

How to play

To remove a tile, it must be free. That is, it must be capable of coming off the pile without moving other tiles. If you rest your mouse over a tile and it lights up, it means that tile is free. If you attempt to remove a tile that isn't free, Windows will let you know.

In most cases, you must match tiles exactly to remove them. But there are two exceptions: You can pick any two flower or season tiles.

Hints and tips

Ask for a hint. Stuck? Press the H key and Windows will light up the next matching pair. You can also right-click a single tile. If there's a match available, it will flash.

Use Undo. To erase a move, press Ctrl+Z. You can erase as many moves as you like, but you'll be penalized two points each time.

Pick up bonus points. The order in which you remove tiles from the pile can dramatically affect your score. Removing identically matched pairs in a row earns you a bonus (especially if they're the same pattern and number). You also earn extra points for clearing both pairs of flower or season tiles in a row.