Mahjong is a Chinese game that is played with 144 tiles, small rectangular blocks of wood or ivory with a face showing variety of characters and designs. There are total 108 suit tiles (bamboo, circles, and characters), 28 honor titles (winds and dragons), along with 8 flower tiles. Mahjong game is also known with large number of alternate names like Mahjong,
Man Chu, Mah Diao, Ma Chong, Mah Chong, Ma Chiao, Mo Tsiah,
Ma Chiang, Ma Cheuk, Ma Jong, Pung Chow, Ching Chong,
Kong Chow, Mah Deuck, Mah Cheuk, Ma Chiang, Pe Ling, Lung
Chan, Mah Lowe, Baak Ling, and more.
The game "at least in computer versions", is played in two principal ways: traditional and solitaire. The traditional game needs to be played with four players, whereas solitaire game is played by means of one player. It completely consists of matching tiles from various layouts.