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Microsoft Mahjong

Microsoft Mahjong
Developer(s) Arkadium[1]
Publisher(s) Microsoft Studios[2]
Platform(s) Windows Runtime[2]
Release date(s)
  • WW October 26, 2012 (2012-10-26)
Genre(s) Puzzle
Mode(s) Single-player
Mahjong Titans
A component of Microsoft Windows
Mahjong Titans in Windows 7
Details
Other names Taipei
Type Game
Included with Windows Vista, Windows 7
Also available for Windows 3.1Windows XP[3][4]

Microsoft Mahjong (formerly Mahjong Titans and Taipei) is a computer game version of mahjong solitaire published by Microsoft. The version titled Mahjong Titans was developed by Oberon Games and included in Windows Vista[5] and Windows 7 (except Starter and Home Basic editions). It takes advantage of the new graphical user interface (GUI) of Windows Vista, and includes features such as tile set and background choices. (In Windows Vista build 5219, the game was known as Shanghai Solitaire.[6]) The game did not make it to Windows 8; however, a standalone version, developed by Arkadium[1] and published by Microsoft Studios,[2] can be downloaded from the Windows Store free of charge.[2]

An older version of the game was known as Taipei and was bundled in Microsoft Entertainment Pack 1 and Best of Microsoft Entertainment Pack.[3] That version included 32767 possible configurations.[4]

Features

The player has a choice of six tile layouts[7] - Cat, Turtle, Crab, Dragon, Fortress and Spider, each a stylized portrayal of the respective object or animal. The background image can be chosen from five different options and there are four tile sets, including traditional Mahjong tiles, variations with fuller coloring or larger print, and an alternative pastel tile set with an entirely different picture theme.

Games are not totally random. There is always at least one pair within five tiles of the topmost five tiles in the turtle layout and often two pairs. The algorithm for tile organization positions tiles such that they can mostly be paired on the same level, or otherwise a matching tile is available in an accessible position one level down. It does not check to ensure that the matching tile is not positioned beneath its partner. Thus, there are some games that are impossible to solve.

References

  1. ^ a b "Microsoft Mahjong". arkadium.com.  
  2. ^ a b c d "Microsoft Mahjong".  
  3. ^ a b "Best of Windows Entertainment Pack: Listing of Games". ftp.microsoft.com.  
  4. ^ a b "Description of Taipei in the Windows Entertainment Pack". ftp.microsoft.com.  
  5. ^ "Mahjong Titans - Microsoft Windows Vista Game Mahjong Titans". Windows.about.com.  
  6. ^  
  7. ^ "A Look at Windows Vista Installed Games, Page 3".  

External links

  • Oberon Games


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