Windows 8 Mahjong Game App: Mahjong Deluxe HD

Mahjong Deluxe HD – Shanghai Solitaire is a free game for Windows 8 and 8.1 which is based on the classic Mahjong board game. The app has various layouts that you can use and choose from before you start playing the game. In the main screen of the game, the app also allows you to choose from a help section that you can use to know the general rules of the game. As a rule of the thumb, while playing Mahjong, you have to click on two tiles on the game board to make them vanish from the game board, the catch being that you can only click on tiles which are either not surrounded by other tiles, or have tiles only on one side. If they have tiles on two or more sides, you can’t use them. The game is very well designed, and also has helpful hints that you can use while playing the game if you get stuck at some stage.

Mahjong Deluxe is available for free from the App Store.

Main features of Mahjong Deluxe HD – Shanghai Solitaire for Windows 8:

When you install and launch Mahjong Deluxe HD – Shanghai Solitaire on your Windows 8 or 8.1, you will be presented with the main screen wherein you can either choose to start the gameplay, or you can choose to view the help section of the game. The main screen looks pretty nice, and a snap of the main screen is shown below.

Mahjong Deluxe Main Screen

When you click on the HELP button in the above screen, you will be shown the rules of the game.

Mahjong Deluxe Help Section

You can click on the EXIT button at the bottom right to exit from the help section. When you click on the PLAY button in the main screen, you will be taken to the layout selection screen which resembles the below screenshot. The layout basically controls the difficulty level of the game, and you can choose from a total of 6 different layouts, only 3 of which will be visible on the screen at a time. You can use the arrow buttons on either side of the Layouts to display the remaining three layouts.

Mahjong Deluxe Layout Selection

As soon as a layout is selected, the game starts. The aim of the game is to match tiles with the same pattern by clicking on them. When two selectable tiles are clicked on, they vanish from the screen awarding you score which is visible at the top of the screen.

Mahjong Deluxe Pair Formation

You can see that I have selected the two tiles circled in yellow in the above screen, and Bam! they just vanish from the screen.

Mahjong Deluxe Tiles Removed

You can also use the HINTS button to show you the combinations that you can form. The hint button highlights the available combinations by means of making the similar tiles translucent.

Mahjong Deluxe hint

You can also shuffle the board by clicking on the SHUFFLE button at the top right. Once shuffled, you can form more combinations if you were stuck at a phase before. You can see the shuffled board in the below screenshot.

Mahjong Deluxe Board Shuffled

This basically concludes the main features of the Mahjong Deluxe HD – Shanghai Solitaire game for Windows 8 and 8.1. You can also check out the Mahjong Deluxe+ and Mahjong HD game apps for Windows 8.

The verdict:

Mahjong Deluxe HD – Shanghai Solitaire is a very well designed game app for Windows 8 and 8.1 which allows you to easily play Mahjong, the classic board game on your Windows 8 device. The app is available for free from the App Store, and it gets better as it is ad free! The large range of layouts to choose from makes it more versatile and hence a completely worth download for Windows 8 and 8.1 devices!

I rate it a 4 out of 5!

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