The description of Mahjong
Mahjong draws from the classic Chinese board game which sees you matching pairs of tiles on a game board. However, this is more of a Mahjong board played as a Solitaire game, and while it isn’t a terrible game, there are too many ads.
Essence of Mahjong - 3.5/5
The classic Mahjong has four players on a single game board with 144 tiles, with three suites of tiles: bamboo, circles (dots) and Chinese characters. Each suite, in turn, contains nine numbered tiles with a total of 36 tiles for each suite. There are also two special tiles, the honor and bonus tiles, with the honor tiles divided into dragon and wind tiles. Ideally, one player is supposed to start dealing followed by the person immediately to the right. In this version of Mahjong, however, there is only one human player and AI is the dealer. Furthermore, while the tiles look similar to classic Mahjong, there is nothing more than simple tile-matching here, although various tiles have different point levels.
Graphics and Audio - 3.5/5
The visuals aren’t terrible, but they aren’t anything to write home about. There are numerous game boards available in this game, and you can also choose from four different backgrounds. The graphics look a bit stale, however, and even the 3D rustic effect on the tiles doesn’t do much to help. The game has a good amount of color, and the Zen sounds playing in the background also help accentuate the effect.
Controls - 3.5/5
Apart from minimalist menus, the game’s controls are pretty intuitive, and you don’t need to do much other than tapping on a tile on-screen. The hint system also flashes if you take too long to make a move. While the controls are okay, you’ll run into lots of intrusive ads which occasionally block your moves. There are also complaints about the game freezing and the touchscreen system getting increasingly laggy.
Immersion - 3.5/5
This is a fun game if you have nothing better to do. There are numerous game boards offered, most of which are free to play. If you’ve played Mahjong classic or the real board game, then you might not be impressed with this title, as it derives only the cosmetic elements of Mahjong but plays more like Solitaire. Still, matching tiles and having the highest score counts for simple and exciting gameplay.
- Offers over 800 boards;
- Has soothing background music;
- The controls are quite intuitive;
- Has some nice use of color.
- Has too many intrusive ads;
- The game occasionally freezes;
- It’s not the real Mahjong.
Mahjong isn’t a terrible game. It looks average and plays well if the ads aren’t giving you a hard time. However, the game falls short on several fronts. For one, this isn’t the Mahjong Chinese board game that you might have played. The ads are too intrusive and take away from any modicum of fun you might get playing. The controls occasionally go berserk, and you have to restart the game once it freezes. Not the greatest experience, frankly speaking.22 Nov 2019