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Mahjongg: Ancient Mayas (DS)

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Genre: Board, Card & Casino / Release Date: 2009-10-02 / Published by Rising Star Games

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      08.11.2010 13:54
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      Poor game from start to finish

      I have played Mahjongg a few times in the past usually on those discs we all see saying 1000 games and more and even on the free gaming websites.

      The idea is you have many tiles and each can be paired with another tile. If you can see a pair you click on them both and they are eliminated from the game and new tiles underneath them or to the side of them become available.

      If a tile is blocked and has be sandwiched between a few other tiles it cannot be moved until it is let free so the idea is to try and get all pairs together as quickly as possible and without failing.

      You fail when you have no more pairs to match up due to them being locked together so in theory you need to plan a strategy otherwise you are doomed to fail.

      This game has 60 levels and each has a different pattern for the tiles. You might have 200 tiles to put together or just 100 but the idea is the same on every level and you need to complete the level within the time limit given to advance further into the game.

      You have things though to help you, if you cannot find any matches at all you can shuffle the puzzle so the pieces are rearranged so there is new combinations to be found which is a good idea. You also have a hint button because even when there are matches you cannot always see them so this tends to highlight a combination for you.

      These do come at a cost and everytime you shuffle or use a hint a minute is taken of the time duration you have for the level so the aim is to try and complete the level as quickly as you can without any real assistance.

      You also have help on the game. If you tiles which are sandwiched sometimes you can get them out using various highlighted blue tiles. Some will remove random blocks for you and some end the level instantly as well.

      You are always told the time duration, how many pairs are left and how many tiles are on the board for each level. This sounds quite a challenge as each level you visit gets tougher and things become difficult to complete.

      The problems are everywhere on this game and this starts with the tiles. They all have random pictures of numbers on them and you need to match them with other tiles but when the tiles are so small and you can hardly work out what they have on them then it is a problem.

      I was trying forever to complete the first level and I got a serious headache all because I had the console up close to my face and trying to draw focus onto the tiles. At times you notice something you can use as a pair but then you are back to square one again.

      The colours on some of the tiles is slightly off target as well. You are told match tiles exactly yet a light green and a dark green tile which look similar can be eliminated from the game play which I just find shocking. It would appear from that problem that the game tends to invent its own rules as it keeps going.

      The graphics are definitely poor and there is nothing at all to shout about and the game play is no better. I clicked on tiles which were free on the game and tried to match them with other free tiles and the move never happened. About 30 seconds later repeated the same procedure and the move suddenly comes into play and the tiles are eliminated.

      I am frustrated with the game to the point where by level 11 I just gave up because I spent more time having headaches then enjoyment.

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