Shanghai (universe)

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The kanji for Shanghai.

Shanghai (上海) is a series of mahjong solitaire video games initially developed by Activision in 1986, and the first video game to popularize mahjong solitaire in the West.


I had known about mahjong solitaire since around 1991 because my family's first home computer came with Taipei. In 1995, my friend Kevin was pleased to have gotten a copy of Shanghai: Great Moments. When he showed it to me, I was unimpressed and told him it was just Taipei, not realizing that Taipei was a rip-off of Shanghai. We didn't play it much then. Over the years, I played a couple other mahjong solitaire games including Mahjong Titans, and always appreciated the casual nature of the game. In 2022, I finally played the first Shanghai game.



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