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Old 07-13-2010, 10:03 AM
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Default Recommendation for good Mahjong game?

Does anyone have any suggestions for a good Mahjong game on the iPad? The american-ized matching type game, not the actual Chinese version.

It seems like everyone in my family loves to play Mahjong on my iPad, I have two different free/trial variants. I want to buy one, but there are literally hundreds out there. I'd especially like one with a "quest" game mode where there are different puzzles to unlock and maybe unlocking different special tiles. Like the PC "Mah Jong Quest" game, which is a great game! I'd easily pay $10-15 for a good version like the PC one (searchable, hosted on many sites).

Any recommendations out there from personal experience?
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Old 07-13-2010, 10:35 AM
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My go-to mahjong game is definitely Moonlight Mahjong. It's the only mahjong game I keep on either of my iDevices, and I've played a few of them. It's a Universal app and it looks great on the iPad. It's one of those games that you can use to show off the capabilities of the system because the tiles look great (the engraved marble tiles are awesome) and the control you have over the view is really great...full zoom, rotation, pan and all while using intuitive iDevice gestures. Tons of settings. You can customize the background. There are hundreds of free downloadable tilesets through dedicated servers accessible right in the app. Built-in editor, if you're into that thing. And, it's been on sale for $0.99 since April. Can't beat that!
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Old 07-13-2010, 11:16 AM
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One of the Mahjong ones is free and it seems to be pretty good. Only one board though.

However, are there any REAL (the one you call Chinese) MahJong apps out there? I would love one!
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Old 07-13-2010, 12:05 PM
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I have Shanghai Mahjong and iMahjong Premium (Jirbo) on my iPhone. Both are universal apps and both have free versions. I HIGHLY recommend Shanghai for tile size, HUNDREDS of layouts, tile assortment, backgrounds. You can even import a photo as your background. Really worth it at $1 but iMahjong is free so get both! Hope that helps.
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Old 07-13-2010, 12:06 PM
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I believe the original poster is referring to a Mahjong Solitaire, which is also known as Shanghai.

The current versions I have on my iPad are:

'Moonlight Mahjong', 'Mahjong Artifacts II', and 'Shanghai Mahjong'


A great non-ipad solitaire 'Mr. Mahjong Touch'.
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Old 07-13-2010, 12:09 PM
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One of the Mahjong ones is free and it seems to be pretty good. Only one board though.

However, are there any REAL (the one you call Chinese) MahJong apps out there? I would love one!
My wife plays SG Mahjong (shanghai rules) and there is also KL Mahjong (malaysian rules). Both have free versions. But the full version is currently $1. Hope that helps too!
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Old 07-13-2010, 12:12 PM
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I LOVE the Mahjong Artifacts games. They are a bit pricey, but the graphics are smooth, the music is relaxing, and there are some extra tiles in the Quest mode that make the game more interesting. I also think in classic mode there are some 99 board sets, so you really never run out of games. It also really shows off its HD. You can download the free versions from the app store and if the full price bothers you, you can always get the iphone version and upscale it to save a few bucks!.

If you're looking for something with a smaller price tag, I suggest Mahjong Epic HD(which also has a free version to try) Not only does it have relaxing "Enya-like" sounds, but it has a board creator so you can design your own! Hope this helps ^_^
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Old 07-13-2010, 12:55 PM
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Thanks for all of the replies. I think the Mahjong Artifacts games look cool, I'm going to pick up the first one tonight. The quest/adventure mode is appealing in that one.

As far as other Mahjong solitaire/Shanghai games, I'll also look to pick up one with different tilesets. My daughters (ages 5, 5, and 7) are getting into playing and they'd get a kick out of playing with different tilesets. Since the Bams, Winds, and Seasons of original tileset don't hold any meaning for them.
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Old 07-13-2010, 08:05 PM
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Thanks for all of the replies. I think the Mahjong Artifacts games look cool, I'm going to pick up the first one tonight. The quest/adventure mode is appealing in that one.

As far as other Mahjong solitaire/Shanghai games, I'll also look to pick up one with different tilesets. My daughters (ages 5, 5, and 7) are getting into playing and they'd get a kick out of playing with different tilesets. Since the Bams, Winds, and Seasons of original tileset don't hold any meaning for them.
Best one for different tile sets is Shanghai Mahjong.

I am just reading this in the evening, and agree with everything that is being said - I have :

Shanghai Mahjong - Lots of tile sets, lots of different setups, well implemented - Overall probably best.

Moonlight Mahjong - allows you to change orientation of the tiles, very handy for being able to look all around. Limited tilesets, but well done. A nice selection of different setups. For me - number 2, but only barely to Shanghai...

Aki Mahjong - made by the same people that make Mondo Solitaire (cards) - a nice selection of setups - although you have to unlock them - and for some, this can be great, or frustrating - some people like the challenge of having to "win" in order to be rewarded. They also have a bunch of "bonus" levels that are unlocked from the get go.. Highly polished. Price is significantly higher - I got it in a rare sale...

Epic Mahjong - another reasonable implementation - this one allows you to build your own custom set ups.. So theoretically infinite playability. I think that Shanghai has about 150 time tested ones, - more than enough for me. Some people like the UI of Epic better - for me, nothing special.

Mahjong Artifacts - this one more of a game than a solitaire game - the quest mode has you winning games and getting various powerups in order to reach a goal. Makes playing it enjoyable. The tiles are a bit more cartoonish than Shanhai or Mahjong, but are still quite nice. The Mahjong Artifacts 1 and 2 for the iPhone scale up fairly well, so if you are looking to save a bit, you can go that route - but the HD certainly is pretty to look at... I prefer Chapter 2 to the Chapter 1, but I can't really tell you why...

There are a couple of free ones that you can try - I think that I have tried them all - but they don't really meet up with the pay ones, especially as you can get Shanghai, or Moonlight for $0.99 - Maybe free would be the way to go if all the others were $5 or more, but for a couple of bucks you can get a couple, and keep the one you really like, and you are still not specding much, and I think you will feel like you got your money's worth...

Good luck and enjoy..
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Old 07-14-2010, 12:20 PM
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Shanghai Mahjong gets my vote.
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