- Estimated achievement difficulty: 4/10 [Achievement Difficulty Rating]
- Offline: 0
- Online: 39 
- Approximate amount of time to 1000: 40-50 hours over 6+ real-life months; see below [Estimated Time to 100%]
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 10 Quickplay puzzles, 100 puzzles in a puzzle pack, and numerous daily challenges
- Missable achievements: None
- Does difficulty affect achievements: No difficulty option
- Unobtainable/glitched achievements: Go For The Bronze (20G) isn't obtainble until August 2021, Go For The Silver (30G) isn't obtainable until June 2021, and Go For The Gold (60G) isn't obtainable until April 2021. See note below for more information
Welcome to the mobile version of Microsoft Mahjong, which is compatible with all Andoid and IOS devices. If you've played the Windows 10 version of Microsoft Mahjong, this is almost the same game, with only some minor tweaks and slightly different achievements. Here, puzzles are assigned a difficulty; you don't get to choose. Aside from that, the general process is the same for obtaining achievements: lots of achievements related to Classic mode, which just has standard puzzles of varying difficulty levels; and Daily Challenge mode, where you can complete challenges to earn bronze, silver, gold, and diamond badges each month. As with the Windows 10 version, you can only earn one of each type of badge per month. More detail on this below. Let's get started.
Note on Daily Challenges and changing dates:
As with all Windows 10 versions of the Microsoft Casual Games, you can change the date on your device (Settings - System - Date & Time) to a different month, giving you access to that month's daily challenges. As a result, you can subvert the need to wait real-life months to finish all achievements related to daily challenge badges. Unfortunately, Microsoft has set this game up such that the next month's daily challenges aren't released until a certain point in the previous month; the daily challenges aren't randomly generated and all populated. This means that you can't go forward or backward in time indefinitely to complete daily challenges and earn badges. However, even though this game released in January 2021, there are challenges going back to September 2020 for certain members. What this means for you is that you can change the date on your phone back to as far as September 2020 to have more months available to earn daily challenge badges. You will still need to wait real-life time to complete this game as of the writing of this guide, but this adds an extra four months (September through December 2020) of badges you can earn, reducing the total wait by four months.
There are essentially two sections of this game: Classic mode and Challenge mode. It doesn't matter which mode you do first, and you can definitely jump back and forth between the two modes. I have only separated the two modes below for ease of detailing which achievements to do in each mode, but feel free to play in whichever order you prefer. I do recommend getting started on daily challenges in Challenge mode as soon as possible though, since that's the rate-limiting step of this completion.
Classic mode consists of two main features: Quickplay, which gives you a random puzzle of random difficulty, and Puzzle Packs, which are packs that consist of 100 puzzles each. Here is a quick list of things you must do in Classic Mode for achievements:
- You must complete 10 puzzles in Quickplay to unlock Bring It On! (10G). It's a good idea to do these before the puzzle pack, because it seems like Quickplay will pull puzzles from the packs, and you'll find that when you're going through a puzzle pack later, some puzzle are already checked off as complete
- You must complete the same puzzle 20 times to unlock Force Of Habit (10G). Any puzzle will work for this, but obviously a puzzle with a difficulty of "easy" is best
- Complete any puzzle using exactly two hints to unlock Little Help Please (10G)
- In any puzzle pack, complete puzzle 2, then 4, then 8, then 16 to unlock The Power Of Two (10G)
- During a puzzle pack, purposely play four puzzles in a row starting with easy, then medium, then hard, then expert, winning each one (using undo and reshuffle as much as you want) to unlock Tail End (40G)
- Lastly, complete all 100 puzzles in any of the puzzle packs to unlock Endurance (60G). You will unlock many other achievements along the way to completing all 100 puzzles in a pack
Challenge Mode is where you can play daily challenges to try to earn bronze, silver, gold, and diamond badges each month, one of each per month. See Note above about changing the date on your device to avoid needing to wait real time for all of these achievements. Here is a quick list of things you must do in Challenges Mode for achievements:
- Earn 12 bronze badges. This must be done over 12 real months, but can be earned by changing the date on your device
- Earn 10 silver badges. This must be done over 10 real months, but can be earned by changing the date on your device
- Earn 8 gold badges. This must be done over 8 real months, but can be earned by changing the date on your device
- Complete all daily challenges in a month for Strive For Perfection (50G). Any month will do, but February is naturally the best choice since it only has 28 days. Along the way you will unavoidably earn a diamond badge
- Complete a daily challenge every day for a month for Marathon (40G). Be sure to read the solution for this achievement, as you can NOT wait until the last day of the month and then go back and complete one challenge per day.
- Complete a Match Attack challenge with at least one minute left on the timer for Faster Than Fast (30G)
- Complete a Golden Tiles challenge where you clear the board and the last match is a pair of golden tiles, for Save The Best For Last (20G)
- During a Lightning Tiles challenge, match a pair of lightning tiles when they're down to 1 on their counter for Close Call (20G)
If you still are missing some miscellaneous achievements for doing specific actions after you've completed both modes above, refer to their achievement solutions in the guide, as there are a couple that likely won't come naturally unless you get lucky.
While the mobile version of Microsft Mahjong is more of the same, it provides greater availability for people with both Android and IOS phones. The interface is very user friendly and easy to use, and the gameplay and achievements are just as addictive (and long-term) as before. The daily challenges definitely feel like more of a grind this time around (especially since upgrading to Premium doesn't speed things up this time), but if you actually do space it out over 12 real months, you won't get burned out. Not a whole lot of skill is required for this completion, making it largely a relaxing and casual experience. If you made it through 12 months of challenge badges, congrats on the completion!
[XBA would like to thank Necrophage33 for this Roadmap]