Mahjong Journey Review – Mahjong Solitaire at its best
By: G5 Entertainment
Version #: 1.0
Date Released: 2014-12-14
Developer: Mahjong Journey
Price: FreeUser Rating:
Mahjong Solitaire (Shanghai Solitaire) is a popular multiplayer family and party game in Asia, especially the China-Japan-Korea part of it. And making it digital means, the game is bigger, simpler, more variant, error free and most importantly, single player. Mahjong Journey is such a take on Mahjong Solitaire for the iPad, coming from G5 Entertainment, one of the largest game developers in the AppStore.
Mahjong Journey is basically a match two game, but with more depth.. literally. Tiles are arranged in four layers and you have to match two similar tiles which are “open“. If you’re playing Mahjong Solitaire for the first time, it is important that you know exactly what open tiles are:
1. The tile face is completely exposed. Meaning, no other tile should overlap even slightly over it.
2. It should be movable either to the right or left, without disturbing any other tiles.
So don’t just look into the superficial layers, but scan through deeper ones, edges and corners too. Mahjong Journey is no no-brainer. After the first few levels are conquered, if you want to taste victory again, you’ll need to strategically plan your moves, unlock key tiles, open up more tiles and so on, till you reach the golden YingYang tiles at the very bottom. And since its a single player game, you are competing against a time limit and not other players.
As I said earlier, being digital brings a lot of flexibility to the game. To begin with, the tiles needn’t be exactly the same to be matched. You can match any two tiles which fall in the same genre, like you can match a lotus and a rose, or a sugar candy and a cotton candy, because they are related to each other. Though this might seem to make the gameplay a lot easier, these matches are really difficult to spot in tight situations.
Also Mahjong Journey comes with an undo button. You can not only use it to reverse your blunders, but also to strategically take a peek at a lower tile to plan your future moves.
And of course, the power ups. The light bulb will sparkle a pair of matching tiles as a hint, while the cracker will blow up five matching pairs and free up some space. The eye will highlight only the open tiles and the shuffle button does its intended job. The latter two are the most useful ones as far as I am concerned.
These special powers and the undo button are what makes Mahjong Journey better than other clones and more fun that the original game. However these actions are limited in number and requires gems to avail. Gems in turn can be collected via the game or obviously, purchased from the in-app shop.
Mahjong Journey also hides a subtle storyline within which makes the game a bit more interesting. Each level sports a background which portrays a Girl’s journey through China, Japan and India, in search of her parents. The sound effects and tile icons also change based on the country which keeps the game from getting too monotonous.
In the end, Mahjong Jounrney is the most complete digitalisation of Mahjong Solitaire you can get your hands on now.
Available only for the iPad, you can get the game for free from the AppStore.
Would I Buy Again:Uncoubtedly.
Who Is It For:Match-three lovers.
What I Like:The special power ups.
What I Don't Like:Only for the iPad.
Final Statement:Mahjong Solitaire with its full potential unlocked.
Enjoy a new take on Mahjong Shanghai as you help a young girl and her grandfather traverse China, India and Japan in search of her lost parents. Make your way by pairing tiles in order to dismantle hundreds of layouts. Collect achievements for special accomplishments while taking advantage of innovative gameplay twists like Shuffle, which allows you to get out of a difficult situation, or Firecracker, a tool for blowing up multiple pairs of tiles. Visit the Forbidden City, Virupaksha Temple, the Taj Mahal and the famous Mount Fuji as you fulfill challenging quests and earn gold stars for completing levels as fast as you can!
You can unlock additional bonuses via in-app purchase from within the game!
? Master over 120 immersive levels (with hundreds more coming in free updates)
? Match 132 types of tiles in three different tile sets (with more coming in free updates)
? Earn over 20 desirable achievements and utilize four groundbreaking power-ups
? Enjoy gorgeous graphics, rich sounds and regular free updates with new levels, tile sets and more
? Game Center Support
? New iPad retina display support
Game available in: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Korean, Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese
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Article By Roshan
From the first iPod Touch till the new iPad Mini, Roshan has loved each of his iDevices and has been busy tweaking and getting the most out of them. As a Med student from India, he splits his time between studying corpse and writing about his iOS passion. When not on the web, you could find him glued to TV Shows, movies or the bed! Recently, he has taken upon the role of an appreneur and is currently working on a revolutionary new app, Cyan for Facebook.
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