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.
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.
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.
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