Several badges and challenges for Mahjong Garden HD require you to complete puzzles on HARD difficulty. For some reason, Mahjong Garden got a lot harder when it was updated from Flash to HTML5 technology earlier this year. (Maybe the HD stands for Higher Difficulty?)
Never fear, though, BadgeHungry has all of the tips you’ll need to complete Mahjong Garden puzzles on Hard difficulty!
1. Play Out the Layout
When you play Mahjong Garden HD, you are given one of 12 different layouts to play. You have to play the layout you are given to move onto the next one. That said, some layouts are harder than others. For example, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, and Goat in the Animal Puzzle Set are the easiest to win.
Check that you’re playing the Animal Puzzle Set. Click on the TILES button in the lower right of the game screen. Then, click on the tab that says PUZZLE SETS. Select Animal so the thumbnail has a blue outline. Click OK.
You can also confirm you are playing the Animal Puzzle Set when your puzzle loads. If you are in Animal, it will say “Year of the…” (for example, Rat) instead of “Temple of the…”.
Now that you know which Animal Puzzle Set layouts are easier, you can complete the harder layouts on EASY difficulty and then switch to HARD when you begin a layout that is easier to complete on hard. You can switch your difficulty level using the arrows at the bottom middle of the game screen.
Play Rat on Easy
Play Ox on Easy
Play Tiger on Hard
Play Rabbit on Hard
Play Dragon on Hard
Play Snake on Hard
Play Horse on Easy
Play Goat on Hard
Play Monkey on Easy
Play Rooster on Easy
Play Dog on Easy
Play Pig on Easy
2. Use Undo and Hints – They’re Free
There are no power-ups to purchase in Mahjong Garden HD, and even better you can use the Hint and Undo buttons an unlimited number of times.
If you are at the end of the puzzle but still have a few [tiles] left but have no matches redo some of the matches and maybe there are better moves to make. I did and it saved a couple of the hard puzzles. Anyway, it is worth a try rather then do the whole puzzle again if it works out.
Undo can be used either by clicking the UNDO button or right clicking your mouse on the game board.
3. If All Else Fails: Hints for the Win
As it turns out, all you really have to do is click! This method is completely mindless and doesn’t always result in removing all of the tiles, but if you’re really struggling it might help.
How To Win Hard Games Without Really Trying!
1. Just keep on clicking on Hint.
2. If you run out of matches click on New Puzzle.
Feel free to multitask as you sort of play (lol). Watch tv, read, talk to someone,
eat a champagne meal followed by grapes being fed to you, etc.
Only do this on the 5 easier levels posted above.
They are: Tiger, Rabbit, Snake, Dragon & Goat.
You can also use this method when you bump the other layouts back down to easy to get through them without having to strategize in them either.
How About You?
Are you able to win Mahjong Garden puzzles on hard difficulty? Let us know your favorite strategies, tips, and tricks in a comment below.