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Jurassic Mahjong Solitaire app review



Jurassic Mahjong Solitaire is a matching puzzle game for the iPad and iPhone. It involves finding the open tiles that match to earn points as you go along. Faster puzzle-solving means more points.

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Jurassic Mahjong Solitaire


Match the Tiles

In Jurassic Mahjong Solitaire all you have to do is match the tiles. It sounds simple enough, but if the tile isn’t open, then you can’t select it to match. Open means that it has at least two sides not touching a tile beside it. If it has a tile above and on one side, then it is ready to be matched.

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Where this game is a little different from other Mahjong games I’ve played is that the tiles don’t have to match exactly every time. For example, there are flower tiles that if you match two flowers, it counts. Similarly, if you match two months, it counts.

Matching on your iPhone is a little difficult. The tiles are tiny, and you cannot zoom in. I have average-sized fingers, and didn’t have a lot of trouble matching the tiles, but if you have large fingers or less than stellar hand-eye coordination, then it will be more difficult.

Area selection
Area selection

Lots of Levels

Classic Mahjong games allowed you to select various layouts, and the levels in Jurassic Mahjong Solitaire act the same way. Rather than selecting specific layouts, you must clear the levels of the six regions. These regions are Wild Prairie, Observer, Traveler, Explorer, Pathfinder, and Scientist. Each has 20 levels to beat, so there is a lot of gameplay.

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I enjoy a relaxing game of memory match, and Mahjong is similar to these games without having to remember. The more tiles there are in the levels though, the more options for matching, and the more strategy, or at least forethought you will need.

Mahjong was one of the first computer games I played more than 20 years ago. I have bought several games, and since getting my iPhone, have also downloaded several versions. Many do include a zoom feature, so it would be a nice addition to future upgrades.

Level selection
Level selection

Jurassic Mahjong Solitaire


Pros & Cons


  • Free
  • Many levels with many different layouts to play
  • Matching improves observation skills
  • Finding open tiles improves observation skills
  • Hitting the correct tile improves hand-eye coordination


  • No zoom feature for visually impaired, hand-eye coordination issues, and so on

Playing through
Playing through

Final Thoughts

Jurassic Mahjong Solitaire is a fun matching game for any age to play on the iPhone or iPad. It is easier to play on the iPad with the larger screen because there isn’t a zoom feature. There are six worlds with 20 levels in each, so there is a lot of gameplay, and once the levels are unlocked, you can play your favorite levels over and over again. I have always been a fan of Mahjong games, so I was eager to see how this one played. Overall, I enjoyed it, and look forward to the addition of a zoom feature in the future.


Jurassic Mahjong Solitaire

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