Easily the oldest game on this list, Mah Jongg is an Asian classic, played with different rules all over the Eastern part of the continent. Players try and make a hand of fourteen tiles: four sets of three and a pair. If that sounds easy, think again. Because there’s a lot of different ways to complete a hand, it’s hard to choose whch one to try for.
Hands start with thirteen tiles, and you pick up a 14th each turn and then have to discard one again. There’s only four of most tiles, so you’ll have to pay close attention to what everyone discards.
Scoring and playing systems differ greatly, so there’s always something to choose that you like. Want an accessible game? Try American, which includes jokers. Want more of a challenge? Try Riichi (Japanese) Mah Jongg, which values keeping your entire hand hidden for the entire game.
Mah Jongg plays like a card game, but the tiles give the game its own flair. Those Asians must know what they’re doing.
- Mah Jongg Deluxe game with tiles
- An Asian true classic
- Several variations