Mahjong Ace: Written iPhone Game Review
Traditional board games are always fun to play on portable devices. Whenever I’m tired of playing popular games, I’ll try digital versions of classic games I never learned how to play.
Mahjong Ace, developed by Aliaksei Taranau, is perfect for those who are looking to play the popular game on the go. From the novice beginner to self-proclaimed mahjong savant, you’ll be zipping through tiles in no time.
Concept and Gameplay:
I won’t go into detail regarding how to play Mahjong. Instead, if you’ve never played before and you’d like to learn, there’s a handy Help page on the main screen of the game that’ll guide you through the basics of the game.
Mahjong Ace has a very intuitive interface, and it doesn’t take long to learn how to play the game. The game board includes all of your mahjong tiles, a handy timer to see how long you’ve been playing the level, and a button to shuffle all tiles on the board. You can also see your score and toggle background music and sound effects right within the app.
If you like to keep track of game performance, Mahjong Ace has a handy high score page available on the main screen. However, every score that was tracked had the name “Player” and I couldn’t figure out how to change it. Though not terrible, naturally this could pose a problem if there are multiple players.
Mahjong Ace sports quite a few features to make gameplay entertaining and fun. For marathon mahjong players, there are 32 levels of puzzling goodness. Each puzzle is unique with a varying degree of difficulty, so you’ll definitely stay on your toes.
Another feature I want to mention is the ability to change tile designs. There are 7 tile styles available, from classic designs to numbers and letters. There are even wildlife and landscape photos. The wide variety of styles definitely adds to the overall experience of Mahjong Ace. Some designs are a bit more difficult to distinguish between tiles, potentially providing different difficulty levels.
Lastly, Mahjong Ace allows you a great deal of control over your tile board. You can use your finger to move the board around the screen, along with zooming in and out to get a better view of difficult designs. You can also see the number of remaining tiles on the board, which is definitely helpful.
Mahjong Ace can be downloaded for free in the App Store and is universally compatible with both iPhone and iPad. It’s supported with ads on the main screen, and so far there’s no way to disable them. However, they’re not intrusive and definitely don’t take away from the overall fun of the game. If you’re looking for a great new way to pass time, Mahjong Ace certainly is worth taking a look at.
Mahjong Ace is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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