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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

All you need to know to win Mahjong Titans: The Blast Zone

I'm finally doing turtle right (once again?)
Won 10 of the last 14 games I've played. [*1]
That is a 70% win rate, up from a very consistent 35% win rate.  
Increasing win percentage in Mahjong Solitaire

[*1]
Games won in the past two months: 44 - 34 = 10 
 divided by 
Games played in the last two months: 111 - 97 = 14

All you need to know to win at this most popular configuration of Mahjong Solitaire? 
THE BLAST ZONE
Blast Zone: How to Win Mahjong Titans

Essentially, ignore all I said about turtle feet (see here
Just blast through the entire line that runs from head to tail (see the blast zone in the picture.)
Blast through horizontally, and blast through depth-wise (vertically) as well.  

Why is this is a better strategy than the multi-focus one I proposed earlier?  
Think about the hardest-to-reach tile on the foot row - it's only six tiles away from the outermost tile.  But the hardest-to-reach tile in the entire game is likely nestled layers under the cap of the turtle shell (five layers down) and seven tiles from the outermost one.  It is very hard to reach that buried tile, so focus on getting close.  Ignore the pursuit of foot tiles, since that is half as hard.  Did that make sense? 

I have previously given solid advice for playing all the other configurations very well.  Been getting amazing improvements in many of the other configurations.  For example, I just won a game of dragon that I thought was hopeless (was about to quit, but said, no, I've never quit before).  Hung in there and it ended up my top score EVER in Dragon.  Crazy.

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