Mahjong Solitaire for Kindle

On December 1st, a new Kindle game called Mahjong Solitaire was released by a company called Mobigloo. They recently released a game called Next that has pretty good reviews.

The goal of Mahjong Solitaire is to clear tiles from the board by matching them up. The only tiles you can match are “free” tiles that don’t have any tiles beside or on top of them. You win by clearing the whole board and lose if there are tiles left that can’t be matched.

The game includes two sets of tiles you can choose from. One reviewer suggests that you choose the one with numbers and letters on them. They are easier to use because the other choice of tiles was designed for a color screen.

As with most of the other Kindle games, Mahjong Solitaire includes a “hint” feature, as well as the ability to undo plays that you don’t want to go through. The game tracks your time and the number of matching pairs you achieve. It includes 10 different board selections, and within those selections there are a great number of games to choose from.

So far, there are only 4 reviews, but the game is new so I’m sure there will be plenty more to come. Reviews are good overall, with nothing under 4 stars. The most common criticism was that the tiles were hard to move with the toggle button. However, this is not a deal breaker. I’m sure Mobigloo will take this under advisement for future improvements on the game.

A couple of notes from the reviewers:

Olga Bezhanova:

“The graphics are beautiful. Every tile is very distinct. I only play the traditional version because that’s what I’m used to. Still, even though there are no colors, I have no problem distinguishing the tiles. During the first couple of games one needs to figure out how to move the pointer to reach the tiles you need, but then you get the hang of it very fast and it becomes very easy to play. There are 10 different layouts to experiment with, so the game never gets boring.:

Books on the Knob:

“I’ve already played thru one game on the “easy” tileset (letters and numbers, rather than the traditional mahjong characters) and it works pretty well (the tiles are sometimes tricky to get to, as you only stop on a playable tile and only have up/down and left/right movement on the Kindle). There are ten different layouts, so between those and the traditional tiles, I suspect I’ll spend many hours playing this one.”

The great thing is that Mahjong Solitaire works on the Kindle 2 in addition to the Kindle 3 and Kindle DX. That should be a relief to the 2nd Generation Kindle users.

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