General Instructions for Mahjong Video Games Original incarnation of these instructions at mahjonginmame.com and are written by Kiyo21.
Please note that these instructions are very general and only some may apply to this particular game.
There are two types of controls for video mahjong: keyboard and joystick.
Due to the number of buttons embedded on a typical
mahjong control panel, the vast majority of mahjong games in MAME can only be played with the keyboard. Thankfully the
controls are universal from game to game. The only differences
may be the addition of other buttons like the bet button for
instance. The default control setup in MAME is virtually perfect. There
should be no need to change the controls. Leave it as is.
Pause the game. This is the most important
button for beginners. Use it.
Draw/Discard new tile
Declare Mahjong (Tsumo or Ron)
Declare Pon using opponent's discard
Declare Chi using opponent's discard
The following additional keyboard controls are applicable to [BET] games only. They are available in some games by default, in others through toggling dip switches and not even available in some games at all!
Swaps your hand with that of your opponent: usually when your opponent has declared Reach. This will cost you 1 credit or a deduction in your item points, depending on the game.
Places and increases your stake in betting games. 1 point = 1 credit.
When you've won a hand, bank your winnings and end the game.
When you've won a hand, Double or quits!
When you've won a hand, Quadruple or quits!
When you've won a hand, bank half of your stake and gamble the remainder!
If you lose and are only one tile from going out (Tenpai) you can use Last Chance to randomly select a tile. If you draw a tile with which you could have won the hand; you snatch victory from the jaws of defeat!
This control scheme, while having much lesser
buttons, can be more confusing to navigate if you don't know how to
read a word of Japanese. Fortunately, very few mahjong games in
MAME have this type of control. Commands are listed in command boxes that pop up on
screen. Sometimes only commands that can be done for that given
instant is listed while other games list all of them. Avoid these games if you are a beginner. There's no need to confuse yourself even more when you're
just learning the game.
Move left and right to select tiles or up and
down to select command
Select a tile or command
Open/Close command box
Only 6 different commands are available to
choose from. When your turn begins after the opponent's turn ends, you may have the option to declare Ron, Chi, Pon, or Kong. After you have picked a tile, either by drawing a new tile, taking the opponent's latest discard, or drawing a loose tile after declaring a Kong, you may have the option to declare Reach, Tsumo, or Kong. Depending on your hand and situation in the game, some commands will work while others may not as in the case of trying to declare Reach with a revealed hand.
Drawing, discarding, and selecting
tiles are usually done outside of the command box. Sometimes another
option might be available as well, a Cancel command. Choosing it will close the
Note that some games do not display all options at a
time, usually only the ones that can be made during that turn are
displayed. Also note that the order they are listed may be different
as well. Here's an example of how the command box may look like for both situations:
* Images were taken from Super Real Mahjong Premium Collection
for the NGPC.
Here's another example. Note the difference in the
command listing from the example above:
* Images were taken from Mahjong Hyper Reaction 2.