Taptiles for Windows 10 – The New Mahjong

By: John Nedelcu
3 minute read

Fans of the now classic game of Mahjong will be thrilled to know that the Windows 10 Store has a similar game available that will allow them to satisfy their need of matching tiles to complete puzzles. Although the game is similar, it does differ from the original game by having an entirely new interface. Stick with us and you will see exactly what we’re talking about.

The game is called Taptiles and as far as matching tiles goes, it’s one of the best we’ve seen so far. Of course, there will be those who will be disappointed by the game because it does have one feature that might not appeal to everyone, but we’ll get into that in a few moments.

Look and Feel

As we’ve mentioned before, Taptiles is similar to the Mahjong game from Microsoft, but with some differences. First of all, the tiles have pairs, so there is no possibility to remain with one at the end of the game, and you cannot block tiles. If in Mahjong you made a wrong move, in the end, you were left with blocked tiles, in Taptiles, this is no longer applicable.

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Because all the tiles can be accessed, the game relies on another aspect: speed. In the normal mode, you have to match tiles against the clock and clear as many puzzles as you can before the time runs out. Also, for relaxation purposes, there is the Zen mode where there is no time, and you can just match tiles at your own pace.

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The graphics of the game are very good, the backgrounds change periodically and create an atmosphere that resembles all four seasons. Also, the music is relaxing, so you might consider it a relaxation game, more than a competitive one. Of course, there is still space for competition, thanks to the Xbox live integration which allows you to complete daily challenges and play against your friends.

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Apart from this, the game is fairly simple, and the only outstanding feature that it presents is the 3D puzzles that allow turning on all sides. If you are looking for a game that can relax your mind on your break, then Taptiles is a great game to try out.

Update: New version received support and improved features

This fun and relaxing mind game has been updated in the Microsoft Store and some issues reported were fixed. We hope you can enjoy a nice time with the puzzles from this game. Do not hesitate to leave a comment here if you encounter any problems, or search for more solutions on the Xbox support forums.

The new version has been optimized for Windows desktop and touchscreen devices. Also, numerous bug fixes have been done. If you compete with friends or you’re playing for achievements, the Xbox integration is now all set up and running. Enjoy!

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2013, and has been completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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