Mahjong solitaire has experienced a renaissance of sorts on iPhone, where the touchscreen enables intuitive tile manipulation. With so many games offering their own unique interpretation, competition is stiff. Aki Mahjong manages to stay in the game thanks to simple, satisfying design.
Although the game of mahjong itself is Chinese in origin, here you'll find it inspired by notable landmarks across Japan. A dozen main levels, plus twice that number in bonus levels, give you a lengthy mahjong solitaire tour of the island nation. A photographic background accompanies each board, as well as an informative description of the location's significance. Of course, a bit of Japanese folk music helps put you in the mood too.