Microsoft Mahjong

Microsoft Mahjong (formerly Mahjong Titans and Taipei) is a computer game version of mahjong solitaire published by Microsoft. The version titled Mahjong Titans was developed by Oberon Games and included in Windows Vista[4] and Windows 7 (except Starter and Home Basic editions). It takes advantage of the new graphical user interface (GUI) of Windows Vista, and includes features such as tile set and background choices. (In Windows Vista builds 5219, 5231 and 5259, the game was known as Shanghai Solitaire.[5]) The game did not make it to Windows 8; however, a standalone version, developed by Arkadium[1] and published by Microsoft Studios,[2] can be downloaded from the Windows Store free of charge.[2]

Microsoft Mahjong
Microsoft Mahjong on Windows 10
Publisher(s)Microsoft Studios[2]
  • Paul Jensen
  • Derek Dutilly
  • Tristan Hall
  • Michael Bilodeau
Platform(s)Windows Runtime[2]
ReleaseWindows 8
  • WW: October 26, 2012 (2012-10-26)
Windows 10
  • WW: October 14, 2016 (2016-10-14)[3]
Mahjong Titans
Mahjong Titans in Windows 7
Other namesTaipei
Developer(s)Oberon Games
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows

An older version of the game was known as Taipei and was bundled in Microsoft Entertainment Pack 1 and Best of Microsoft Entertainment Pack.[6] That version included 32767 possible configurations.[7]


The player has a choice of six tile layouts[8] - Cat, Turtle, Crab, Dragon, Fortress and Spider, each a stylized portrayal of the respective object or animal. The background image can be chosen from five different options and there are four tile sets, including traditional Mahjong tiles, variations with fuller coloring or larger print, and an alternative pastel tile set with an entirely different picture theme.

Games are not entirely random. There is always at least one pair within five tiles of the topmost five tiles in the turtle layout and often two pairs. The algorithm for tile organization positions tiles such that they can mostly be paired on the same level, or otherwise a matching tile is available in an accessible position one level down. It does not check to ensure that the matching tile is not positioned beneath its partner. Since every tile has 3 partners this is not enough, by itself, to prove the game is impossible to solve.

The newer version of Microsoft Mahjong has numerous further layouts, improved graphics and sound, Internet features such as a set of daily challenges that reward the user with "badges" when completed, and Xbox Live integration.


  1. "Microsoft Mahjong". Arkadium. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  2. "Microsoft Mahjong". Windows Store. Microsoft. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  3. Dutilly, Derek (October 14, 2016). "More Matching Madness with Microsoft Mahjong: New Themes, Challenges, Puzzles". Xbox Wire. Microsoft. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  4. "Mahjong Titans - Microsoft Windows Vista Game Mahjong Titans". 2013-06-24. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  5. Thurrott, Paul (2010-10-06). "Microsoft Windows Vista Build 5219 (Community Technical Preview 1) Review". Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows. Penton Media. Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  6. "Best of Windows Entertainment Pack: Listing of Games". Microsoft. 8 November 2001. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  7. "Description of Taipei in the Windows Entertainment Pack". Microsoft. 30 July 2001. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  8. James Yu (July 24, 2006). "A Look at Windows Vista Installed Games, Page 3". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. p. 3. Archived from the original on 15 June 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
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