By Margriet "Daisy Gunpowder" Dumee on September 9, 2015

I really like playing Mahjong every once in a while. I played a lot of Mahjong Titans, included in Windows 8. I absolutely loved that game and I still play it regularly! Every time I play a new Mahjong game, it takes a while before I get used to the new tiles. But since I love playing the game, I just soldier on and don't let that minor discomfort bother me!

For those of you who have never played a single game of Mahjong; the purpose of this game is to clear all the tiles from the playing field. Tiles must be combined into pairs in order to remove them from the field. This sounds easier than it actually is; tiles can only be combined if they are exactly alike and are not boxed in by other tiles. So it's not just a matter of happily clicking away, it takes a fair amount of planning to actually finish a level. If you choose the wrong set of tiles, you might get stuck and will not be able to clear away all the tiles, making it impossible to finish the level. So choose wisely, young Grasshopper!

Having recently switched from windows 8 to windows 10, I thought I'd check out the windows store and see if I could find Mahjong games that tickle my fancy. After a brief search I came up with two games that I thought could be really interesting, so let's give them both a try and see if they measure up to my expectations.

The first game I played was Mahjong Artifacts; a nice looking game that, sadly, is a bit too easy for the seasoned Mahjong player. The tiles you can clear away light up, making it way too easy to find out which tiles to connect. On the other hand, if you're new to this genre of game, it might be just the easy way you need to really get into the wonderful world of tiles and hours of fun. The developers even added a story to the game, which goes something like this: There is talk of a mythical artifact that bestows god-like powers upon its owner. The catch is that the artifact in question has split into pieces that are scattered across the entire world. Only by playing Mahjong, it's possible for you to earn all the pieces of the artifact and put it back together again. Mahjong Artifacts also introduces special tiles to the game. For instance, ther's a tile that you can use in combination with several other tiles, giving you the option to choose which one of these tiles to clear away. In itself, this new game mechanic is quite clever, but it makes the game even easier.

To be really honest, I personally don't need a story to play Mahjong. So if you like playing Mahjong and have a computer running Windows 10, then I'd suggest just starting a game of Windows 10 Mahjong. It comes with your operating system and is just really fun to play. Easy peasy! Just play the daily challenge for a start; this might be a playing field filled with cool golden tiles or a level filled with lightning tiles, which you have to clear within a limited number of moves. I have already played a few of these daily challenges and I must say, they're really , really fun to play! If you don't feel like doing anything fancy, then Mahjong for Windows 10 also features a standard mode, filled to the brim with beautiful levels to while away countless hours. It even let's you choose your favourite set of tiles, like aquatic tiles, swamp-like tiles and so on. It also lets you choose the difficulty of its countless challenges: easy, normal, hard or expert.

So, in short, both of these games are fun games to play, but I personally prefer the latter of the two. It presents more of a challenge, which I like a lot. Mahjong Artifacts is in no way a lesser game, it's just more aimed at the people who are new to the game of Mahjong. And I must say, it does an admirable task in making the game fun for beginners. So if you're new to the mysterious world of Mahjong, give Mahjong Artifacts a whirl, you won't be dissappointed. If however, you're a seasoned Mahjong player, the Mahjong that comes with Windows 10 might be more up your alley. But hey, it's your party; you decide!

available on:

G5 Entertainment
November 27, 2014 (version 1.4)