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Taipei (Windows 3.x)

Taipei Windows 3.x Title screen

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A popular Mahjongg adaptation, Taipei has the player attempting to find matches between the Oriental-motif patterns printed atop "free" (generally: exposed, on corners) tiles in various layered formations. Matched pairs disappear, yielding different free tiles and further matching possibilities. Ostensibly, the game is completed when all tiles are matched, though sometimes random tile placement results in unwinnable games.

This game ended up, like many of its brethren, in pretty much every office in the nation courtesy of its inclusion in the Microsoft Entertainment Pack for Windows, and later the Best of Microsoft Entertainment Pack.

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Taipei Windows 3.x The start of a new game, standard layout
Taipei Windows 3.x Glyph formation of tiles, in black and white if you so choose.  (Hey, sometimes these were being run on no-frills business machines!)
Taipei Windows 3.x Down to the last couple of pairs.
Taipei Windows 3.x Setting up a match... note the reversed tile.  Now where could I find a partner for it?

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Why the name Taipei? Wikipedia reports the programmer referring to this game as a cheap clone of Brodie Lockard's and Activision's trademarked Mahjong solitaire game -- the Taipei to its Shanghai.
Pseudo_Intellectual (44272) added Taipei (Windows 3.x) on Jan 08, 2007