3D Mahjong Solitaire now genuinely free

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I remember playing Mahjong - the real thing - as a boy, against my mum, who had acquired a genuine tile set - with rules a mix of rummy and canasta, seemingly, yet with these wierd Chinese bone/bamboo tiles. In recent times, the complexities of Mahjong have worked against it, but there's a breed of tile matching game based on the tiles which also seems to work quite well. Yes, it's over-simplistic, but the range of tile designs make it attractive and it's easy enough to program as a mobile game. In this case on Windows Phone 8.1 and above.

It seems as though this was a commercial ($1) game in the past, but it's now free as far as I can see (helped by the word in the title!) - and, seemingly, we've never covered it here on AAWP. Here's the Store listing:

V1.17 updates:

  • Adds 30 new levels for a total of 100!
  • New Microsoft ad component which should remove most crashes.

The classic game of Mahjong Solitaire arrives on your Windows Phone in style with smooth 3D graphics, global high scores, badges, 100 unique layouts, and multiple tilesets and backgrounds to choose from. Also known as Shanghai and Taipei, Mahjong solitaire layouts consist of 144 tiles – clear the layout by matching tiles.  The quicker you are, the higher your score, but don’t be too quick or you might miss a match! 

Global high score tables track players’ best scores and let you compare your scores against other players from all around the world.  Are you good enough to place in the top of the list?  Try it and find out!

New Mahjong Champion mode lets you compete against the world to earn Badges. Try Mahjong and see why it’s been a computer gaming classic for decades!


  • 100 unique tables
  • Smooth 3D graphics
  • Global high scores
  • Global Badge rewards
  • Multiple tilesets and backgrounds, including the ability to pick your own from your picture library
  • Every table is guaranteed winnable (*if* you pick the right tiles! :-) )
  • Hint and help system to guide you in your Mahjong journey
  • Touch interface with rotation and zooming to see each table from every angle

In play, the game's fairly straightforward - spot matches and tap the pairs, though it's complicated by some being hidden underneath other tiles, so you have to occasionally tap pairs in the right order. Heres 3D Mahjong Solitaire free in action:

Screenshot, 3D Mahjong Solitaire free

It's not classic Mahjong, but it's certainly well presented...

Screenshot, 3D Mahjong Solitaire free

There are a hundred levels/layouts, carefully planned so that you have to solve them in roughly the right order, else you'll be left with tiles you can't get to!

Screenshot, 3D Mahjong Solitaire free

The rules are simple enough, concerning when a tile is 'free' and note that there are season/flower wild card matches too...

Screenshot, 3D Mahjong Solitaire free

And then it's tap, tap away. If a pair can't be legally removed you just get a warning noise, don't worry!

Screenshot, 3D Mahjong Solitaire free

Whats impressive here (other than the price) is that you can spin and zoom in or out of the tile stack as needed in real time, there's some decent effort been put in the 3D graphics here.

You can grab this for free here in the Store. Well worth a try if you have good eyesight!!

Source / Credit: Store