Mahjong 123: New Rules, Same Old Classic Fun

Price: Free

Mahjong 123: iPhone App Written Review

Mahjong 123 for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Here at the iPhone App Review, we tend to see a lot of apps within the same categories. One of these most predominate areas is the ever-present application for children. However, the other is Mahjong remixes. We’re not entirely sure why this is, but we aren’t exactly complaining. You see, we quite like the classic tile-based game, and as such, we’re tickled pink to introduce you today to one of our new found favorites: Mahjong 123, by developer Hou Lam Creative Workshop. It introduces a whole new set of rules to the classic game, including some new graphics and some wicked multiplayer interaction. So if you’re a dedicated fan and want something new to shake your skills at, pony up for our full review below!

Concept and Gameplay

As stated, Mahjong 123 is more or less a classic game of Mahjong. It’s got some important distinctions, however, and they look something like this: First out of the box, the game uses the same tiles as the old game, but with some new additions. There’s fruit, trees, and some lovely villagers in the pot to spice things up. Each of these can be used in game to perform certain tasks or to improve your score. On top of all this, the game has been given an entirely new set of rules, to go alongside the remake. You’ll still be making combinations of tiles to gain points and beat your opponents, but the gameplay itself is somewhat akin to poker. Each player takes a turn laying out tiles, hoping to earn points by setting up combinations. Use the Jane tile, and you’ll even get a double multiplier.

At the end of the day, it’s a whole lot of fun, but it is very confusing at first. Be sure to give the help file a good looking over before you dive into the action.

Graphics and Design

Mahjong 123 for iPhone

Mahjong 123 for iPhone

Best of all, the app looks pretty good on the iPhone. The graphics are slightly cuter than we might like in our favorite games, but then again, that’s much more of a personal choice than anything we can pin to the wall. All in all, we liked the look of the app, and we especially appreciated the inclusion of online multiplayer. This strikes us as a particularly advantageous boon, and one we have a feeling dedicated fans will make endless use of.

Overall Value

And at the end of the day, it’s hard to knock any app that comes with a free price tag. Mahjong 123 is completely free in the App Store without any sort of obligation, which means you can start to enjoy its fresh take on an aging classic without any commitment or money on your end. And to us, that’s one heck of a bargain.

Mahjong 123Mahjong 123 requires iOS 3.2 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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