There are multiple myths surrounding the origin of the game Mahjong. One story claims that Confucious, who was supposedly fond of birds developed the game in 500 BC. Other claims are that Chinese army officers created the game to pass the time during the Taipan Rebellion. Yet more stories circulate that the game was actually created between 1870 and 1875 by a nobleman living in Shanghai.
Many historians believe it was derived from a Chinese card game called Mdio or Ma Tiae , which translates to hanging horse. This game, is played with 40 paper cards numbered 1 to 9, in four suites, along with four extra flower cards, that are all similar in appearance to the cards used in the game called Ya Pei. The numbering system in Ya Pei bears distinct similarities to the number system in Mahjong tiles.
Mahjong was banned by the PRC government in 1949, when gambling was seen as a reflection of Western decadence and corruption of capitalism. The game was ever revived, without the gambling connotations, after the Cultural Revolution in 1985. Today, it is a popular diversion, not only in China, but the popularity is spreading to other Asian regions.
The game that requires patience, and a bit of strategic clarification, was brought to the Western world at the later stages, when variations of the original version were already added. Many of the variation have become more popular than the original version.
Mahjong Connect is derived from the original game, but it has its own rules while it still contains some of the features of the original.
The Mahjong Connect board is composed of 140 tiles, which are typically arranged in a 14 by 10 grid.
Connections must be made with a limited number of movements and it typically required that the tiles on the perimeter be eliminated first. Matching tiles may be in the same row, but adjacile tiles should be eliminated before the match is made. In some instances, only three moves are allowed to make a connection
When Mahjong Connect is played electronically on devices such as a personal computer, additional challenges, such as time-limits are usually included. Accumulating higher scores would normally take a longer time, so racing against the clock, adds some more intrigue to the game.
Fans of the game believe that the different facets involved in playing this game, can help in personal development. Elements that can be developed include decision making, and logical thinking, which are important processes that are needed in real-life.