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Moonlight Mahjong is Mahjong Solitaire in virtual reality 3D, designed specifically for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Intuitive touch control allows you to tilt and turn, zoom in and out to match tiles in 3D. Play “arcade style” with progressively difficult levels and high scores, or relax with one of the non-competitive game modes. The gameplay is simple yet addictive.
Moonlight Mahjong features four main types of play:
• Scramble Mode: Match tiles faster than the automated opponent "Tilebot" through increasingly difficult levels. The board is automatically reshuffled when you run out of matches, making this game mode easy to start and fun, yet challenging on the higher levels.
• Challenge Mode: Compete against Tilebot in full puzzle mode, with no automatic reshuffling, only undo. Challenge requires more strategy than Scramble. This is the ‘pure’ form of the game, but it is difficult!
• Puzzle Mode: Solve puzzle boards with no time limit. Choose any layouts you like. This is the original game mode, what people usually think of as Mahjong Solitaire.
• Relaxation Mode: Clear boards with no time limit and automatic reshuffling when out of matches. Perfect for when you're just not in the mood to strategize or rush.
Feel free to download the free Lite version with ads, or purchase the paid version without ads. They are the same game; the paid version has a few additional features.
Moonlight Mahjong is the original 3D Mahjong Solitaire on iOS, having debuted with the launch of the App Store in 2008. It has been honored as a "Best Board Game" on the App Store, and was in the original Best 100 Apps and Games on iLounge.com.
For layout updates and news, "like" Moonlight Mahjong on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MoonlightMahjong
What's New in Version 3.2.2
• Fixed an issue where Tilebot paused too long after reshuffling on very high levels. (Honestly, I missed this one because some of you appear to be much better at playing Moonlight Mahjong than I am. Sorry.)
• This should (I hope) be the last bug fix update for a while. Thank you for the positive reviews; they are much appreciated. Since the reviews essentially disappear with each app update, it’s always helpful if you can update yours.
In Version 3.2:
• When you lose a game in Scramble mode, you now go back only one level instead of three. (Please note: Re-playing the same level is not something that is going to happen. There needs to be some level of challenge to the game; otherwise it stops being a game. However, there is always Relaxation Mode.)
• Achievements and Leaderboards are now shared between the Lite and full versions; so you can keep your high scores if you upgrade, or compare your scores to friends on either version.
• Matches are now highlighted when you lose.
• Support for full resolution on iPad Pro.
• There is now a time penalty for taking screenshots; this is because the introduction of iPad multitasking made it a little too easy to cheat. On the other hand, there is no longer a time penalty for leaving the app.
• Minor bug fixes and enhancements.
Great game but...
So it's a year after my review below, and the speed problem is both better AND worse. The super speedy robot opponent doesn't play all as often as it used to, BUT when it does, you, human, have no chance. 50 or 60 pieces in the game at the start, and as soon as you've made your very first play, the robot finishes the game. That's not fun! BAH! Is anybody listening???? 😡
As other reviewers have stated, this is a fun game. The change to losing only one level if you don't win was a good one, BUT the random speed of the tilebot, often ridiculously excessive, can be pretty frustrating. On a recent game, I completed about four or five moves with perhaps 40 tiles still on the board, when that &@""!#% tilebot won. Perhaps there should be more consistency in the speed of the 'bot, AND the user could select a max speed on a slider from 0 to 100.
Fun game but...
First this complaint: tell me the nickname is taken BEFORE I write the review. It disappears, and you have to start all over again. The game is terrific. Very enjoyable. However, I agree with those who have complained about the speed of the tile bot in the updated version. Some of the layouts that I could almost always win before are virtually impossible to get now. I enjoy a challenge, but not an unreasonable one. The more layouts that seem to be impossible to beat, the less likely that people will play the game.
Update: still playing this game, but not as much as before the latest update. The speed of the tile bot is still unreasonably fast. Sometimes the tilebot's tiles seem to disappear in an instant, even if you're close to winning. Very frustrating.
Not the same anymore!
Been playing this game for a long time and have always enjoyed it. However, with the last update, I've been playing for weeks and simply can't progress, have in fact gone 15 levels down - your robot both cheats at times and is also way too fast now - especially with larger layouts or layouts where you need to move it around to see hidden tiles. It's not a challenge anymore, just ridiculous! It's such a disappointment that you won't address these issues as experienced by many other players too. Used to be my all time favorite game - not so much now. Maybe you could integrate an easy, intermediary and advanced setting against the robot - each allowing more time respectively. Please listen to your customers and make this game great again?!
- Category: Games
- Updated: Feb 29, 2016
- Version: 3.2.2
- Size: 48.5 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Michael Howard
- © 2008 Michael R. Howard
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.