Moonlight Mahjong

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Moonlight Mahjong is the popular 3D Mahjong Solitaire game created for the iPhone and iPad... now for OS X! Play arcade-style with progressively difficult levels, or relax with one of the non-competitive game modes. The gameplay is simple yet addictive.
Originally created for touch-screen iOS devices, Moonlight Mahjong on the Mac takes full advantage of a multitouch trackpad, but also can be played with a mouse. Intuitive control allows you to tilt and turn in virtual reality, allowing you to more easily see the tiles on the board.
Moonlight Mahjong on the Mac features four types of play:
Scramble Mode (the default): Make matches faster than the automated opponent "Tilebot" through increasingly difficult levels. The board is automatically reshuffled when you run out of matches, making this game mode easy (to start!) and fun. Once you have scored high enough in the game, you can also start on Level 11 with "Lion Scramble" or Level 21 with "Dragon Scramble" modes.
Challenge Mode: Compete against Tilebot in full puzzle mode, with no automatic reshuffling, only undo. Challenge requires more strategy than Scramble.
Puzzle Mode: Solve puzzle boards with no time limit. Choose any layouts you like; no high scores.
Relaxation Mode: Clear boards with no time limit and automatic reshuffle when out of matches. Perfect for when you're just not in the mood to strategize or rush.Moonlight Mahjong is a Mahjong solitaire game for the Mac. It is a 3D Mahjong game which can be played in a full-screen mode and which has excellent graphics and multiple levels. The game has been released for iOS devices like iPhone and iPad, but it is not available on the Mac. In the game, you play against a computer, and the first one who solves the puzzle wins.

If you don't know what Mahjong is, let me briefly explain it: it is a puzzle game in which you should remove all the tiles from the board by matching them in pairs. You need to click on two identical pieces to eliminate them. You can click only on tiles that are not blocked by other tiles on the sides or which don't have other tiles above them.

There are many levels which vary in difficulty. I had never played this type of solitaire before, but I found it very easy when I was playing the first few levels. After a while, the layout of the puzzles changed and the game became much more challenging, which is great.

Moonlight Mahjong lets you play in four different modes: Scramble Mode, Challenge Mode, Puzzle Mode and Relaxation Mode. The first mode pits you against a computer on different levels of increasing difficulty. The second mode also lets you compete against the AI, but in the full puzzle mode, and there's only one level. The third mode has no time limit and the "Relaxation mode" lets you just clear the puzzles and it automatically reshuffles when you are out of matches.

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Pros

  • Multiple game modes
  • Challenging difficulty
  • Stylized visuals

Cons

  • No multiplayer

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Mahjong is a nice tile game with simple rules. This application is a perfect representative of the genre.

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A nice game to play. It improves your attention and logic.

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This game has a nice design in bluish colors, being rather calm for the eyes. Mahjong is an enjoyable logic game, which is hard to stop playing.

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