Review Mahjong Solitaire Guru
Mediocre Mahjong play
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 29 Jun 2017, tested on Samsung SM-G920F Galaxy S6
Decent graphics, simple controls
Very common, graphics could have been better, low quality animation
Well, so far as Mahjong apps go, Mahjong Guru for Android kind of sucks. I really love a good Mahjong game, same as the next person, but this one is just far too basic and simplistic for its own good. The app is laid out in landscape mode, which is about as fancy as it gets. There's a rudimentary pinch zoom function that gets tight on the action but is decent enough for a bare bones strategy game. This game could be so much better than it is, but it almost looks like the developers lost interest in taking it further. And with all the Mahjong apps out there, I see no reason to choose this one over the myriad of better ones out there to download instead.
The graphics are decent, with nice artwork on the tiles, which always ups the playability for games like this. One good thing about the app, is it lets you save games in progress, so If I decide to step away and come back to the game without much trouble. However, this is actually counterintuitive to how I personally play Mahjong. I prefer to go for speed and clear the board as fast as possible, so saving a game and coming back to it kind of messes with my mojo.
The animation is very simplistic, and offers point values when matches are made. Personally, I don’t play Mahjong to score points, so it's kind of a useless feature to keep a running tally of points earned. The sounds are mediocre and could just as easily be discarded. Plus, the push ads definitely impact performance.
Overall, Mahjong Guru is barely adequate. If I'm in the mood for some Mahjong fun, I'll be looking for a better app to quench my hankering.