Monday, 30 May 2016 15:12

Review – Mahjong for Android

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There are two types of people: those who love Mahjong, and those who have never played it.

Download Mahjong, by Clockwatchers Inc, from the Google Play store. The game is free, and runs on Android 2.3 and up.

In Mahjong the rules are simple: someone has intricately arranged a collection of tiles. You need to match pairs which are not trapped by other tiles, progressively erasing tiles from the board. Clear the whole board and you win. Can you do it?

Ultimately, Mahjong games come down to several factors: the variety of layouts, the aesthetics of the tiles and how well they replicate authentic Chinese mahjong tiles, and how solveable the puzzles are.

Mahjong, by Clockwatchers Inc, excels; it provides over 100 layouts which you unlock as you progress. It provides very attractive tiles and graphics, and is in general just a good fun single-player thinking game which you can pick up and play any time.

Mahjong can be tricky, but like all good games there are strategies you can employ. For one, look over the board and if you can see four matching tiles that are available to be removed then get rid of them all at once. There are only four copies of each tile, representing two pairs. A second tip is to generally favour freeing up tiles. If you have the choice between matching tiles on the top of a stack or loose-standing tiles, go for the ones on the stack as this exposes more tiles.

If you haven't played Mahjong, or you have been looking for a good one for Android, then this game is for you.

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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