Gin Rummy by Mahjong, recommended app for people living with dementia

Gin Rummy by Mahjong, recommended app for people living with dementia


This app presents a classic recreation of the card game Gin Rummy. The user plays against the computer, taking turns to pick-up and discard cards. A simple tap control method is used throughout the game. The display shows the player’s full hand clearly, making it easy for the user to see and select which card they want to play. A useful feature of the game includes customisable card positioning. This means if the user has a tendency to lean on the screen, the cards can be moved slightly higher up or with a wider spread to ensure the easiest accessibility and uninterrupted game play.

Further customisable options include different backgrounds and card decks, allowing the user to modify the game to their favourite aesthetics. Additionally, a useful feature of this app is the automatic pairing mechanism. Some other apps analysed required the user to make their own sets of 3 or 4 cards, which could become complicated and difficult. However, this app helps the user by automatically matching up cards and stacking them on one side of their hand. We recommend that users have prior knowledge of the gin rummy game as the rules are quite complex to learn from scratch. The main limitation of the app is the lack of instructions or hints to help the user along. It is also disappointing that there is not a two-player option allowing the user to play against another human, rather than the computer.

Tip: In-App Purchases do require a password before completion, but they can be completely restricted on your device, if preferred. For information on how to do this for the Apple iPad, read our step-by-step guide.

Recommended settings

Gin Rummy by Mahjong, recommended app for people living with dementia (3)

Settings can be found by tapping on the settings icon during game play. The original settings will be suitable for most people, as the classic green background is non-distracting and the card designs contrast well and are easy to read.

We would recommend changing the positioning of cards using the ‘width’, ‘shift’ and ‘curvature’ settings if the user tends to lean on the screen, to avoid accidental playing of cards.