Let’s just get this out of the way first and foremost: This game isn’t about that Chinese tile-based game that your grandfather and grandmother loved. No, it’s nowhere near that, even in aesthetics. Okay, the game does have tiles, but it’s the only thing remotely related to the real game of mahjong.
Not your usual puzzle game
Magic Mahjong is a puzzle game where you match two similar-looking tiles to make them disappear from the playing field. Yes, TWO. Not the typical three. And the playing field isn’t made up of flat grids, too. The core mix and match gameplay may sound familiar, but once you actually dive into the game, you’ll realize that it’s way off the usual puzzle game. The playing field is made up of stacked tiles. You either match tiles which contain the same design or the same color. The tiles directly below the removed tiles are immediately available for play. It doesn’t matter whether you match tiles that are in different stacks, as long as their designs match. You are given 3 minutes to remove all tiles.
There are instances where there is more than one possible move. The game helps you out by displaying at the top how many possible moves there are. Now, to make things a bit more challenging, the game actually has dead ends. If there are no possible moves to be made, it’s a Game Over. You can get yourself in this situation by mindlessly matching every pair you see without first checking the tiles below them. So, yes, the game does involve a bit of planning and strategizing.
Every time you clear a level, your performance will be ranked from 1 to 3 stars. There is a gauge that measures this in the game and is filled whenever you rack up more points. The tile designs range from gems to potions to magical hats, and each of them bear different points. Also, do note that as the time goes down, your star gauge also goes with it. There, not a very single game, isn’t it?
There’s a wizard in the dungeon!
You may have noticed the mention of ‘wizard hats’ and ‘potions’ above. That’s because the overall look of the game is based on a medieval setting. Your character, the one that does all the tile destroying, is actually a wizard that looks suspiciously like Merlin, armed with a star-adorned wand that blasts out blue bolts of magic. The game is played out in a tower dungeon and one can only wonder whether said wizard is practicing his magic skills on poor little tiles or simply trying to make his way out of the dungeon by solving as many puzzles as he can. The former sounds way cooler, though. And the game’s look isn’t the only thing that channels the Dark Ages. The game’s music is also appropriately set to a dark tone, complementing the aesthetics.
If you’re looking for a different take on the popular puzzle game mechanics, then Magic Mahjong is one of the better ones out there. The wizard character is probably enough to make it better than most games in the genre.
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