- Last update: 2 years ago
- Version: 1.3.8
- Size: 16.42M
- Compatibility: 2.3 and up
- Author: 1C Wireless
- Content rating: Rated for 3+
- Package name: com.onecwireless.mahjong
- Last update: 2 years ago
- Version: 1.7.4
- Size: 36.8 MB
- Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Author: TicBits Ltd
- Content rating: Rated 4+
- Languages: English
- In-App Purchases:
- Disable ads and more levels $1.99
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When speaking of Mahjong for digital devices, we must always notice that there are at least two kinds of Mahjong: a game for four players or a solitaire. Most electronic Mahjong versions are based on the latter. No wonder: four players with cards hidden from each other require network play mode, and solitaire can be played solo.
So if you hoped to finally find a good playable Mahjong, this one is yet another Mahwrong. But as a rival of Microsoft Mahjong, this game by 1C Wireless is certainly worth reviewing. With little attention paid to design, the developers concentrated on the game itself, and it pays.
The only thing about graphics of Mahjong by 1C Wireless is that it does its job. Yes, the tiles can be easily told from each other while in other Mahjong games they may be as easily confused, and you will find yourself tapping on different tiles, unable to tell them apart. And that’s the only good thing about the graphics.
The menu reminds us of ancient times, the dawn of PC gaming. The fonts are too typical. They look like they’ve been borrowed from Windows, and the selector only searched the most common ones. Neither do colors look elaborate. The menu does its job but doesn’t pretend to have any sort of design to create you some Oriental gaming mood.
There’s nothing to be said about the music because there’s no music at all. The alert sounds seem taken from some OS or productivity software, they are functional, but nothing more. Truly, we wish there were some changeable or random Chinese melodies, even made in some MIDI editor, but there isn’t even that.
The game field can’t boast any Oriental background that would have created some atmosphere. There’s no environment at all, you’re one-on-one with the game’s essence. Yet this graphical minimalism has its bright side: the app runs smoothly even on devices unable to run some reanimated Sega game.
We must also notice too modern types of towers. They can resemble a robot, a boxing ring with two boxers, a battle tank, a spaceship and so on. If you think it’s not traditional enough, you can enjoy other types, not so obviously modern.
Considering that being solitaire Mahjong is no bug but a feature, we have a good variety of game modes here. The mode selection is on the screen as you tap Play button. There are four game modes: Classic (you play until you win… or don’t), Time Attack (fit into limited time, but there are some legal cheats), Challenge and Endless.
The classic mode is the most common. You have all the time in the world to tap the pairs of the same tiles. And you do it until all the tiles (or all the moves possible) are gone. So you can succeed or fail as well. And yes, your results are saved into record table. As you get stuck, you can shuffle the tiles again.
Time Attack mode seems simpler. You have limited time to solve the puzzle. The basic time is 1 hour, but as you get stuck and need to shuffle the tiles again, it costs you 15 seconds. Sometimes after shuffling, you can only make one move and then you’ll have to reshuffle. This necessity literally eats your time as well as the game itself.
Challenge mode offers another kind of time limitation. This time you only have 15 seconds to make your move. As you play faster, the limitation gets less severe, but the more of your time you take, the faster you’ll have to play the rest of the game. If you think two previous types of game lack dynamics, this type can become your choice.
Finally, “Endless” mode is a kind of meditation over Mahjong. It’s not a game played to win or lose. You just pick the pairs endlessly, and they appear on the tower again. If you want to acknowledge the Mahjong Zen, that’s it.
If you believe that the simpler is the better, this Mahjong game can be viewed as a real masterpiece. What you need to do is tap tile by tile, and if there are any troubles, you should use one of the buttons below. No gestures, no hidden control options, it’s all as simple as a small cup of tea.
The only situation it can be unsuitable is when your device screen is too small (maybe you use it since 2011). No, you cannot zoom it in to see the tiles clearer. But maybe it’s time to switch to something newer anyway, not for Mahjong’s sake?
Replay Value 5/5
Look at all the towers prepared by developers. And, as we already said, there are dozens of them, even in free version. Then imagine how many combinations we can get by positioning the tiles randomly. Then remember that any of these games can be played in different modes. The result is astonishing, so the replayability of this digital Mahjong is similar to the real, “hardware” game played for centuries by now.
The only reason you can get tired of it is getting tired of solitaires at all. So if your love for this kind of games has been tested and approved, there’s nothing better than another Mahjong. By the way, one of those different takes on Mahjong is available right from the menu; just tap Mahjong Village and get it from Google Play. Maybe you will like this one just as much, or even more.
The free version of the game is fully playable, all the towers and modes are available. Yet if you want to get rid of small ads under the field, you can pay $2.99 to buy Premium version. But with our right hand on I Ching, the only reason to buy Premium is your wish to thank the developers. All the gaming elements are available in the free version as well.
Yes, it’s only a Mahjong solitaire again, and it’s not as beautifully made as some of its rivals. But the gameplay is good, the app works even on old weak hardware, the ads are not aggressive and can’t be ignored even in ad-supported free version.Collapse
A good one of Mahjong family, with modest looks and golden heart, though you may look for something prettier.
Pros : Different game modes;
Endless meditative mode;
All the features available in free mode, ads not too annoying;
Works well with old and cheap devices;
Good design with distinctive tiles.
Cons : Poor graphical part;
No online gaming mode.
Replay Value 5.0