|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 command box.
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