The game of Mahjong is very old. Its history dates back to China in 500 B.C. For a long tie the game was played with ceramic or wooden tiles that had ornate designs drawn on them. With the development of computer games, the way that mahjong is played has changed, but the game itself is still very much the same.
The game consists of 144 tiles. Each player in the game receives 13 tiles. They draw tiles and discard tiles trying to get 3 matching sets of 4 and 1 pair of tiles. The player that accomplishes this feat declares mahjong and is the winner. A soccer is assigned to the hands that have been played and a tally is kept until one player reaches a specified total and the game is over.
Mahjong is a great game, but it is a very social game. It is one that is best played with others and that used to be very easy before computers came along. Friends would gather the tiles would be broken out and the game would begin. Now people have to find ways to get together using computers that have the game. With the help of some good mahjong apps, this is actually very easy to accomplish. It is possible for a mahjong player to find other people around the world that are ready for a game at any time of the day or night. All that is needed is the right mahjong app.
There are many Mahjong Apps to enjoy playing Mahjong game with your mobile smartphones be it Android or Apple devices. Here are the few best Mahjong apps that you can enjoy with your friends.
1. Mahjong Epic
Mahjong Solitaire Epic is very popular game app enjoyed by millions of players over more than seven years.
Because of its simple rules and engaging game play, Mahjong Solitaire has become one of the most popular games in the world.
The Features of this app are:
- It has more than 1200 boards to enjoy and get new puzzles each day
- You can select from 26 beautiful backgrounds and have 8 unique tile sets
It is simple and relaxing, zen game with easy pick and play controls.
- There are complete challenging goals with full HD optimized for retina devices
- The game offers iCloud support where you can sync automatically between your iPhone, iPad and Mac
This free, fun solitaire matching game is also known as Taipei Mahjong, Shanghai Mah-Jong, Mahjongg Trails, Chinese Mahjong, Top Mahjong, Shisen-Sho, Majong, Kyodai, but all with the classic casual game play where you match identical pairs of free Mahjong tiles. All you need is to find and match pairs of identical tiles where you to match all tiles to complete a board. The app comes in 15 Languages: English, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and can be downloaded all free from iTunes store and requires iOS 7.0 and up devices be it iPhone or iPad. If you own Android smartphone then you can download it from Google Play.
2. Mahjong Time Multiplayer
Mahjong Time is the premier online mahjong community in the world. With this app you can play against other players 24/7. Mahjong Time offers real online mahjong. Play all styles of mahjong including MCR(Chinese Official), RCR(Japanese rules), HK(Hong Kong), Taiwanese(TW)and American Style(NMJL Card 2012) and European styles.
This app comes in 16 languages like English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish. This app requires iOS 7.0 and can be downloaded from iTunes store. Though the app is free you can still have in app purchases in case you need to buy more dragon chips to play which may cost between SG$2.98 to $58.98
3. Mahjong Duels
Mahjong Duels is a social game app where you get in the arena and prepare to play with the most masterful opponents in this multiplayer Mahjong version and match your mystical tiles as a Chinese master of the game!
Challenge and defeat your friends by finding first the matching symbols for bamboo, dragons, digits and other elements. See if you can find tile matches quickly and throw a snowball at your opponent in order to freeze the time. Also win one game after another and see how different game modes interact with each other, unlock exciting new levels and take part in incredible tournaments. This free app requires iOS6.0 and above compatible iPhone and iPad devices to play. Available in 12 different languages mainly being English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish you can play for free as long as you want and if you need more chips to play then you have in app purchases too. Download now from iTunes and from Google Play Store for your Android devices and enjoy.
4. Mahjong Treasure Quest
This is another Mahjong free app where you can enjoy Classic mahjong with inventive extra challenges with dramatic storyline. Join the enchanting journey of Sophie and her companion, Oliver the cat, across the picturesque fantasy lands and dungeons!
Some of the best features of this app are that you have captivating brain teasers and collect treasures in your quest to stop wicked witch Eris. Also investigate the mysterious disappearance of Sophie’s parents and help the loving family reunite!
Enjoy hundreds of levels and play bonus levels such as timed quests and exclusive puzzles to spice things up. Also get help from your Facebook friends and compete with them! Even when offline, keep right on playing full version of the game without losing your progress.
This free app requires iOS 7.0 compatible devices and is available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish languages. Also has in app purchases to get more coins if you need. Download from iTunes for iOS and from Google Play for Androids.
5. Mahjong Titan
This is a free app available at iTunes for iOS phones and download from Google Play for Android where simply you enjoy the game with over 1600 boards, Each day new Mahjon board is for you with eight large high quality tile sets with different eight backgrounds. With in app purchases this app requires iOS 7.0 and up iPhone and 4.0 and up Android to work all smooth.
6. Mahjong Gold
This app is also all free to download from iTunes or Google play according to your devices. Play over 3000 boards, unlock dozens of premium tile sets and backgrounds here. This app comes with in app purchases and requires iOS 8.0 and later iPhones as well as 4.1 and up Android phones.
7. Mahjong Infinite
Mahjong Infinite is a free mahjong game app at iTunes and Google Play. The aim of the game is to remove all the playing tiles in the fastest time, while trying to achieve the highest score. Each tile has a picture on it, there are 43 different pictures in total. Tiles must be selected and matched with other tiles of the same picture. Whenever you match two tiles, they both disappear, and when all tiles have disappeared the game is over. There are over 1100 game levels here and you need iOS 8.0 and later iPhone device or 4.1 and up Android to run all smooth.
8. Mahjong Journey
In this interesting game app you will help a young girl and her grandfather traverse the globe in search of her lost parents. Make your way by pairing tiles in order to dismantle hundreds of layouts. Collect achievements for special accomplishments while taking advantage of innovative gameplay twists like Shuffle, which allows you to get out of a difficult situation, or Firecracker, a tool for blowing up multiple pairs of tiles. Visit the Forbidden City, Virupaksha Temple, the Taj Mahal and the famous Mount Fuji as you fulfill challenging quests and earn gold stars for completing levels as fast as you can. There are over 1300 immersive levels with 1302 types of tiles in 31 different tile sets and over 40 achievements in this free game app. You can download from iTunes requires iOS 9.0 or later iPhone or Google play requires 4.0.3 and up Android with in app purchases.
Besides these eight best Mahjong apps there are also many others out on Apps stores to enjoy like Mahjong Village, Mahjong Unlimited, Mahjong 13 tiles, Shanghai Mahjong; Mahjong and friends, Facebook Mahjong app and various others.
When searching for Mahjong apps to play with friends it is important to make sure that everyone will have a compatible devices. Some of the apps for Android devices will not allow people to play with a person using an Apple device. If all a player wants is to find a network of players to play mahjong with that may not be as important.