iLounge took a look at seven of the Mahjong games available on the App Store to provide a brief summary of each and a relative score.

The game of Mahjong (or Shanghai) is a tile-based solitaire game in which matching tiles are removed from the board. At the start of the game, tiles are stacked in a certain pattern and there are rules about which tiles may be removed. As tiles are moved, they reveal new tiles underneath. Rules for individual games may differ, however. A summary of their findings is provided here (prices link to the App Store):

Aki Mahjong ($9.99, B-) - good soundtrack
iMahjong ($0.99, D+) - "mediocre rendition"
Mahjong Solitaire ($9.99, B-) - for beginners
Moonlight Mahjong ($4.99, B+) - for experts
Shanghai Mahjong ($4.99, A-) - wide variety of layouts, tiles, download more
Yulan Majhong Solitaire ($4.99, C) - not worth the asking price

It should be noted that Moonlight Mahjong is available as a free "Lite" version [ App Store ] that contains 4 levels (instead of the 12 levels of the full version).

A more in depth look at each app can be found in the iLounge review.

  • http://mattplays.com/ Matt Burris

    I have a roommate that is an addict of Kyodai's Mahjong so I've been looking for a good one for the iPhone for when we're together and bored (doc's waiting room, airport, etc.) Of course, I don't like missing out on some gaming on my iPhone, but I like sharing the good things in life.

    In any case, this roundup was incredibly helpful. With the amount of duplicate games on the App Store, these roundups are very welcome.

  • http://mattplays.com/ Matt Burris

    I have a roommate that is an addict of Kyodai's Mahjong so I've been looking for a good one for the iPhone for when we're together and bored (doc's waiting room, airport, etc.) Of course, I don't like missing out on some gaming on my iPhone, but I like sharing the good things in life.

    In any case, this roundup was incredibly helpful. With the amount of duplicate games on the App Store, these roundups are very welcome.

  • Ron Pool

    Shangjai Mahjong seems very buggy. It quite often tells me there are no moves left when there are obvious moves left on the board. It also has a difficult time registering presses on tiles. If they fix the bugs, it might be fun.

    I've also got Mahjong Solitaire which seems much less buggy and a lot more fun.

  • Ron Pool

    Shangjai Mahjong seems very buggy. It quite often tells me there are no moves left when there are obvious moves left on the board. It also has a difficult time registering presses on tiles. If they fix the bugs, it might be fun.

    I've also got Mahjong Solitaire which seems much less buggy and a lot more fun.

  • Greg

    I'm looking for unbiased truthful real world reviews from those that have first hand experience with any of the Mahjong titles......I'm already stuck as to which title to purchase (by the way, offering a free limited demo version is a big plus in the app store).

    I'm a little tight, but that's not my fault, it's the duck I have for a dad ;)

    I just want a fantastically playable Mahjong game :)

  • Greg

    I'm looking for unbiased truthful real world reviews from those that have first hand experience with any of the Mahjong titles......I'm already stuck as to which title to purchase (by the way, offering a free limited demo version is a big plus in the app store).

    I'm a little tight, but that's not my fault, it's the duck I have for a dad ;)

    I just want a fantastically playable Mahjong game :)

  • Odog4ever

    I just purchased Mahjong Solitaire and I have to say the graphics and controls are excellent. You can pan and zoom in on the board using common iphone gestures. That was a selling point for me as I don't like to squint when I'm playing a game.
    The music isn't that great but you can turn it off and their is no reshuffle. Not a deal breaker.
    There is video of the game being played on the developer's website (link from the iTunes page) so see for your self.

  • Odog4ever

    I just purchased Mahjong Solitaire and I have to say the graphics and controls are excellent. You can pan and zoom in on the board using common iphone gestures. That was a selling point for me as I don't like to squint when I'm playing a game.
    The music isn't that great but you can turn it off and their is no reshuffle. Not a deal breaker.
    There is video of the game being played on the developer's website (link from the iTunes page) so see for your self.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-McCall/1816283962 Jeff McCall

    Mahjong is a four player game.  This solitaire game is not mahjong, it just uses the same tiles.