Four Winds is based on traditional Chinese board game for four players (and has nothing to do with the popular solitaire game that uses the name “Mah Jong” just because it is played with traditional Mah Jong tiles). The origins of Mah Jong can be traced back to set-forming card and domino games played for centuries in China, but in its present form the game has been played only for about a hundred years. Mah Jong was introduced to America and Europe in the 1920’s and is now popular all over the world.
Mah Jong is usually played by four players. In Four Winds a human player has three computer opponents. You can select your opponents from four different types of players: Beginner, Defensive, Expert and Limitmaker. Four Winds also supports multiplayer games over the local area network, or using a direct cable. Up to four human players and 10 spectators can participate in a game.
Since the game is played all over the world, there are several variations of the rules and scoring. Four Winds includes over 20 pre-defined rule presets, which cover the basic variations. In addition, any pre-defined rule preset can be fully customized and saved as a user-defined rule preset.