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Review

Evgenii Kostrov
Posted: Evgenii KostrovTested 30 Apr 2017 on Nokia Lumia 920
9.4Excellent

High-quality implementation of the tile-based game

Mahjong is a wonderful game of solitaire for Windows Phone originated in ancient China, this is where the first version of the game appeared which was gambling. In this solitaire, we will have to remove from the playing field chips resembling dominoes, with identical pictures or values. For many people, Mahjong is not of interest only because they are not familiar with some nuances of its rules, and now we will try to fill this gap in knowledge to whet your appetite for this amazing game.

Game features

So, in front of you is a classic solitaire consisting of 144 chips with various images. The chips are divided into three types - suits, trumps, and flowers. The chips with the image of colored bamboo sticks, circles and double hieroglyphs of red and blue colors refer to the suits which, as you may have noticed, are three in total.
The trumps (also called honors or older bones) are a set of winds as four single characters of blue, as well as dragons performed in the form of red, green characters and a rectangular plank of blue. On the chips with flowers, there are depicted blue characters and the plants themselves (plum, orchid, chrysanthemum, and bamboo) and on the same level with them there are four tiles with seasons which depict red characters and plants.

Goals and objectives

The goal of the game is to dismantle the given structure of tiles, but it can be done only by observing some rules. So, the first requirement to cleared chips is that they should be open from the top and at least from one side (left or right, but not from the end face). The second requirement of the game is that you can clear tiles only in pairs and at that, in one pair the tiles must match in their value or suit.

Optimal strategy

The optimal strategy in the game is to find absolutely identical tiles, which requires a strong focus, but sometimes in a single move you can clear not quite appropriate chips. For example, those that belong to Flowers, can be cleared higgledy-piggledy. That is, it not necessary to look for two tiles with an identical character and flower, if you already see a chip with the image of another flower and a blue hieroglyph. The scale and details of the elements allow closely peer into the image on the tiles, but in this case it is sufficient to make sure that both the selected bones belong to the group of flowers and a blue character is painted on them.

Possible mistakes

The nuance lies in the fact that precisely because of the possibility of mixing tiles, there are situations in the game when you start to open access to the tiles that will not be needed in the near future, to complete secondary ones, and naturally fall into a deadlock. That is, because of this you will not be able to find pairs of open identical tiles and, accordingly, to clear anything. Of course, in the mobile version of the game such moments occur not as often as in the real game of solitaire, but believe us, they still may happen, and at the moment when you have almost mastered the solitaire, they cause a lot of violent emotions.

Resume

We can recommend the game to all fans of solitaire and to those who often have some spare time. The graphics in the game are of excellent quality and unlikely to cause you displeasure. The sound is very modest and makes you feel nothing. The game is available in two versions. The free one will show you advertising banners for 10 seconds before the start of each new game, and the paid one is deprived of this drawback.
Final ratings
Gameplay 10/10
Story 10/10
Graphics 10/10
Sound 4/10
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