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Random Mahjong Pro

by Paul Burkey
Rated: All Ages
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)

Price: $1.99
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 1.3.7
  • Fixed the In-Game High Score tracking.
  • More bug fixes and improvements.

Product Details

  • ASIN: B0051HDDO2
  • Release Date: May 18, 2011
  • Rated: All Ages This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,982 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Random levels each time you play or 50 preset layouts
  • High quality tile graphics featuring unique visual assistance
  • Simple to learn with small boards perfect for beginners
  • Relaxing gameplay with no time limits
  • Solutions available for every board

Product Description

Just when you thought Mahjong had been covered, along comes a stylish new solitaire Mahjong game ready to take centre stage on the Android platform. Random Mahjong Pro looks incredible on tablets while still managing to stay visually sharp and play great on smartphones.

Random Mahjong Pro
Each game may be played in landscape or portrait mode
Random Mahjong Pro
Develop your own games with the custom mode

The game uses a unique, random-board generator. This means that every time you fire up your Android and start a game, a fresh challenge awaits. The levels can be as small as 32 tiles, or as large as 152 tiles. You can play a sequence of expanding boards (with Score, Levels and Lives), or use the random generator to build a custom level to fit your needs.

Tiles Ready!

With Random Mahjong Pro, you have full control over the look and feel of your games, whether you're a mahjong master or a someone that's brand new to the game. Choose to zoom in and scroll as much as you need during play and adjust the size and complexity of the levels. You can also look over the game guides and take a peek at the move hints option to bolster your learning during play.

For beginners there's the small, 32-tile level. For every level, there's a solution walkthrough corresponding with each board. The combination serves as a perfect teaching tool for the game's basic rules and logic, especially to anyone who has not played the solitaire or Shanghai variant of mahjong before.

Game With a Past

The origins of mahjong are steeped in equal parts myth and historical speculations. On the mythical side of the debate is the legendary Chinese philosopher Confucius. Some have ventured he developed the game about 2,500 years ago in 500 BC.

On the historical side, there's a theory that states Chinese army officers serving during the Taiping Rebellion created the game to pass the time. Another theory holds that a nobleman living in the Shanghai area created the game between 1870 and 1875. Also, there are those who believe that two brothers from Ningpo used the earlier game madiao to create mahjong around 1850.

One thing that's sure, though, is the repression the game received when the People's Republic of China too power in 1949. The new communist government forbade gambling because of its symbolic tie to capitalist corruption. However, after the Cultural Revolution, the game was revived, minus the gambling, and the communists officially revoked its prohibition in 1985. Mahjong has survived and thrived because of its universally appealing strategy and luck. Today, the game is a favorite pastime in China and in Chinese-speaking communities around the world.

Random Mahjong Pro Highlights

•Unique levels each time you play

•50 preset layouts if you want to familiar

•Landscape mode and Portrait Mode

•Amazing photo realistic tile graphics

•Very simple to learn

•Small (32 tiles) boards perfect for beginners

•Relaxing game play with no time limits

•Arcade/Levels mode and Custom levels

•Unique visual assist features

•Solution walk-through available for every board

•Levels rewind giving you repeat attempts

•Undo and Shuffle feature

•Universal game for Phones and Tablets

•Online Score Tracking and World Tables

•Auto-save and auto-continue

Technical Details

  • Size: 11.7MB
  • Version: 1.3.7
  • Developed By: Paul Burkey
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Read from external storage
    • Open network sockets
    • Write to external storage
    • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
    • Access information about networks
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 2.3.3
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 90 seconds

Customer Reviews

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Help, I'm addicted. January 13, 2012
By Sam98
Verified Purchase
Looks great on my Kindle Fire.
Random Mahjong Pro is everything it promises in the description. And yes, I am totally addicted to it. The graphics are great - crisp and clear. Everything about the game runs smoothly. I love the auto zoom feature. It also has auto tile suggest which you can turn off or on. Choose your background and contrast level. Change the look of the tiles 5 different ways. Helpful hints such as highlighting available moves. And an undo button. Besides the auto zoom you can also zoom manually and move around the board.

I got the free version of this and liked it so much I went and paid for the full version. As far as I can tell the only difference between the two, besides the ads in the free version, is that you have the ability to turn the screen to landscape to make it easier to see wide boards in the full version, but I may be missing something. Still, worth the $1.99 to me. You can also turn off the menus at the top and bottom to make the tiles bigger.

Extremely challenging, there are three levels of difficulty, Easy, Medium and Hard with 15 levels in each. Plus custom and fixed. I like the fact that you can save the game and come back later and pick up where you left off. All in all Paul Burkey has created an excellent app and I will be looking for more of his.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best-looking mahjong on any platform! June 9, 2011
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Really gorgeous graphics, and I love the auto-zoom feature. You can even rotate the screen in mid-game! A very polished app.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good, but needs update October 27, 2011
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The developer has done a great job with this implementation of a classic game, but it needs to be updated on the Amazon Appstore to the latest version to fix a number of bugs. He has updated the version on the Android Market, but not here. Repeated emails to the developer have gone unanswered. Thus, for the lack of updating and support, I am ranking it down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful game with bad DRM and privacy issues September 2, 2011
By Spike
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I got the game as the FAoTD, so I have no investment in the game other than time. It's crafted well, serene and almost meditative. I enjoy it immensely and am grateful for the ad-free state of the presentation.

But an issue crept up during a recent trip. The game refuses to launch if it cannot reach the Amazon cloud, presumably yo authenticate the purchase thru the Amazon store. But when your phone can't reach the cloud, not only can you not play the game, but you can't even get to the load screen within the game. Such as, say, when you find yourself bored at 37,000 feet with 80% of battery remaining.

The other issue is why the devs require permissions for "phone state and identity" in a puzzle game. Please explain this or remove whatever function call(s) require this asinine permission level. It's not worth the bad taste it might leave in a real, paying customer's mouth being surprised by this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A $99.99 micro-transaction waiting for you! July 3, 2011
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Don't care if it was free on the 'App Of The Day', or paid for. A $99.99 micro transaction is pure BS.
The maker (and Amazon) should be ashamed on putting such an amount in there and NOT disclosing it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Looks and plays great, however. . . June 9, 2011
By David
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After it's downloaded and you install it tells you in the permissions it has access to phone calls and identity. what's up with that developer?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Phone call info? June 9, 2011
By Jon
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Why does it need phone call info and why did I have to download before I found out it needed it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars galaxy tab 2.3.3 June 9, 2011
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unfortunetely it freezes my galaxy tab where i am forced to perform a hard reboot. animation runs little slow as well not as smooth.
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