MahJong Dynasty: Heaps of Tiles, Mountains of Fun

Price: Free

MahJong Dynasty: iPhone App Written Review

MahJong Dynasty for iPad

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

We’ve always been huge fans of the classic MahJong tile game. There’s just something relaxing about the struggle and challenge of finding matching tiles in a set of hundreds that helps us find our chi. Thankfully, with MahJong Dynasty by developer Mizerov Petr, we can now enjoy the classic tile lining game on our iPad in full HD splendor. The app is a brilliant way to unwind, and with a free price tag included, there’s no reason not to give the app a test drive. For our full thoughts on this classic puzzle game for the iPad, check below beyond the break!

Concept and Gameplay

For those unfamiliar with the concept of the ye olden MahJong tile game, MahJong Dynasty presents a fairly classical approach to the genre. The app presents the player with a number of various tile pyramids, each offering a varied level of complexity, and thus difficulty. From here, the player must find tiles that match amongst the rubble. However, the player is only allowed to select tiles that have either been uncovered, or are free riding at the edges of the puzzle. When two tiles are matched, they disappear. This concept continues until, ultimately, there are but two tiles left, and they are eliminated from play. The game continuously scores and rates the player, basing these point values on a number of criteria. All in all, it’s a fantastic experience, and one we love to return to, again and again. There’s just something rewarding about unlocking a whole new level of tile possibilities, or discovering an unseen corner of the lot that yields even more potential. It’s not a zen workout, but as far as puzzle games go, it will certainly lower your stress levels.

Design and Graphics

MahJong Dynasty for iPad

MahJong Dynasty for iPad

MahJong Dynasty is even one of the best looking MahJong tile apps we’ve seen on the iPad or iPhone. The app’s tiles are crisp, and the animations smooth, providing a graphically pleasing backbone for the actual puzzling to occur over. We also appreciated the handful of included difficultly levels. These levels are directly tied to the arrangement of the tiles, allowing for a aesthetically pleasing and visual representation of the challenge that lies ahead. That being said, we do feel like there’s some room for non-traditional improvement here: We’ve seen plenty of classic MahJong applications, though very few that offer game enlivening elements like power-ups, arcade modes, etc. It may be sacrilege, but it would certainly shake the mold.

Overall Value

At the end of the day, MahJong Dynasty is a bargain, clocking in as a free app in the App Store. If you’re a fan of the genre, MahJong Dynasty will be your new staple on the iPad. Even if you’re just looking to explore the possibilities of MahJong, there’s no better place to start swimming than with MahJong Dynasty.

MahJong DynastyMahJong Dynasty requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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