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Mahjong online or on your mobile; where to play
« on: December 13, 2012, 11:46:28 am »
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Dragon Kong:
Is available for free as a download from dragonkong.com, and plays from a stand-alone executable for both a Mac and a PC. Registration is free, although players can add money to an account to be used toward the gambling features. It is offered in nine different languages. Its graphical user interface is polished, professional, intuitive, and pleasing to the eye. Its sound effects and music are clean, professional, and pleasing. While Dragon Kong hosts various tournaments, players cannot host their own. Dragon Kong can play various versions of mahjong to include Chinese official, classic, Hong Kong, riichi, and Shenzhen. The biggest drawback of Dragon Kong is the lack of available opponents. The game lobby is almost always barren, and this tester has found that even after waiting for more than an hour, it was not possible to collect three opponents to start a table. Since the point of the game is to play against opponents, it’s lack of a player base essentially puts a nail in the coffin of what otherwise would be an excellent online mahjong interface. For this reason, it is not a recommended title.

Mahjong Time:
Is available as an online browser based application, as a download for a Mac or a PC, or as a mobile app. While it is advertised as free, usability is very limited for free users, and basically requires at least a premium membership in order to have decent access. The interface, while attractive, loses points for being overly busy and not as intuitive as its competitors. Mahjong Time hosts various tournaments from time to time, and players are capable of hosting their own fully customizable tournaments as well. Where Mahjong Time really shines are its versatility and player base. Mahjong Time offers the most versions of mahjong (at least 6), and also many languages, the most important of which for this audience is English. Also, there are typically enough players online at any given time that the user can usually get started in a game of his choice without much delay. For English reading players wanting to get online and play mahjong against live opponents, Mahjong Time is the platform of choice.

Ron2
Has a limited free trial, but otherwise costs ¥980/mo (about $10 a month). Registration is entirely through the Japanese language website ron2.jp, and so requires following third party English instructions that become obsolete over time. Launching the game requires downloading a new java executable for each occurrence. The game’s system requirements claim it requires a PC to play, and it’s true that the game won’t run on a stock Mac, however, on a properly Java-enabled Mac, it will function just fine. The game’s interface is only offered in Japanese, and so playing requires learning from third party English instructions that become obsolete over time. Its graphics and sound effects are surprisingly amateurish for being a paid website and for being reputed to be popular with Japan’s elite pro riichi players. Many of the sound effects are right out of the Windows 95 operating system, beeps, toots and all. Ron2 hosts various tournaments from time to time, including occasionally matching up the general public with pro players from the JPML, although players cannot host their own tournaments.  It only plays riichi mahjong, although players can chose among many variations within the riichi genre. Because registration is logistically difficult, the GUI is subpar for the cost, and the GUI is Japanese-language only, this title is not a recommended title.

Tenhou
Is available for free from tenhou.net. While it does have a paid subscription available, until a player reaches the pinnacle of its ranking system, playing for free will have no impact on accessibility and features. Registration is entirely through the Japanese language website, and so requires following third party English instructions that become obsolete over time. Its GUI is polished, professional, intuitive, and pleasing to the eye, losing points only due to the fact that it is not available in English. Playing requires learning how to use the GUI from third party English instructions that become obsolete over time. Also, its one missing feature is in-game player chat. Players may only chat in the lobby. Tenhou hosts various tournaments from time to time, and players are capable of hosting their own fully customizable tournaments as well. It only plays riichi mahjong, although players, especially when hosting their own games, can chose from an amazing variety of rule variations within the riichi genre. Another aspect where Tenhou shines is its player base, which is a staggering 3.5 million registered players. If a player enjoys specifically riichi mahjong, Tenhou’s benefits outweigh the language barrier enough to earn a recommendation.

Summary:

Best Pick: Mahjong Time
For the mahjong player looking for a fun, easy to install, easy to register no-hassle game in a professionally polished environment, Mahjong Time is my best pick.

Recommended: Tenhou
For the hard-core riichi-only player who wants to compete against a plethora of skill-stratified opponents and doesn’t mind learning another language to accomplish all this, Tenhou is earns a solid recommendation.


Mobile

Chinese official
Android:
Mahjong and Friends by ePoint Productions
MahjongTime by Mahjongtime.com

iOS:
Mahjong 13 Tiles by Poesy Soul
MahjongTime by Mahjongtime.com
Standard Competitive Mahjong by Honey Panda

Classical/European
Android:
MahjongTime by Mahjongtime.com
Mahjong - Traditional Maijian by DuskDawn

iOS:
Fourwinds by TomTomLabs

Hong Kong
Android:
HongKong Mahjong by Joymaster
MahjongTime by Mahjongtime.com

iOS:
HongKong 2in1 by Joymaster
MahjongTime by Mahjongtime.com

Riichi
Android:
MahjongTime by Mahjongtime.com

iOS:
MahjongTime by Mahjongtime.com

Kuala Lumpur
Android:
Kuala Lumpur Mahjong by Reai

iOS:
KL Mahjong by GameFront Singapore

NMJL
Android:
MahjongTime by Mahjongtime.com

iOS:
MahjongTime by Mahjongtime.com

Sichuan
iOS:
Chendu Mahjong by Honey Panda

Singaporean
Online:
www.singaporeanmahj ong.com

iOS:
SG Mahjonh by GameFront Singapore

Taiwanese
Android:
MahjongTime by Mahjongtime.com
Taiwanese Mahjong Online by Avector Technology

iOS:
Mahjong Fairyland by Joymaster
MahjongTime by Mahjongtime.com

Turkish Okey
Online:
gamedesire.com/game-okey.html

Zung Jung
Online:
member.p2gaming.com/Login/Login?ServiceCode=200001
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