China Mahjongby Aethyna May 14, 2015 | 1 Votes | 1 Played | 0 Reviews 8 rate Boasting of having around 248 different layouts as well as plenty of beautiful background sceneries for you enjoy, China Mahjong promises not only challenging layouts but also hours of fun! You can even play your games with 3D tiles instead of the usual 2D, which will definitely make the game much more interesting! Try it now! Play Now Similar Games Played
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China Mahjong is a free-to-play mahjong game that boasts of having around 248 different layouts as well as plenty of beautiful background sceneries for you enjoy! Play layout after layout of challenging mahjong game that promises hours of fun while being serenaded by a soothing oriental-themed music! You can even play your games in 2D or with 3D tiles, which will change how you view the layout and it definitely makes the game much more interesting! If you’re stuck, the game will automatically reshuffle the tiles, costing you some of your score points while if you can’t find anymore matches but the system has yet to reshuffle your current layout, then perhaps you’ll need to use a hint to find that pair of tiles you’ve missed! So, challenge yourself and see how far you can go in China Mahjong today!
To start, you will first need to learn how to play the game. If you’re an experienced mahjong player then you can probably bypass this step and head straight into a game! For those who aren’t, you can easily learn the simple rules of mahjong by reading the guide provided in the game.
Generally, you’ll need to select and match two of the same mahjong tiles to remove them from the game. It is a lot like the classic Pairs game, whereby you flip open cards to match 2 of them together. There’s a catch though - You can only select stones that have at least one side (left or right) free and that they have no other tiles piled on top of it. Even if only a small part of the tile is blocked by another tile on top, you will not be able to use that tile... until you remove the top tile/s, of course! Once exposed, the tiles will then be available for matching.
There are also certain more special tiles, namely flower and season titles that can be matched by their theme and not by the numbers or patterns. This can be a bit tricky to grasp at first, but you’ll soon get familiar with it, don’t worry! The aim of in China Mahjong, or any mahjong game in fact, is to clear the layout by pairing up all the tiles. Sounds easy? Well, wait until you see some of the more devilish layouts that you may have the luck of encountering while playing!
To play, you’ll first need to choose a layout you want to start with. China Mahjong boasts of having around a whopping total of 248 different layouts and that’s impressive because this game may probably have the highest number of layouts when compared to any other mahjong game! The list of layouts includes some of the more familiar traditional layouts as well as special ones like the Pikachu layout, Mission Impossible, Monopoly and Modern Art. Some layouts are designed based on Chinese words, such as Mei and Nan, while some are based on horoscope symbols. While some layouts are easy enough to solve, there are quite a few of them which are pretty challenging, especially if you plan on getting it right on the first go!
Once the game starts, you can further customize your gaming experience by swapping out the background for one that you like. If you don’t like the current background, you can easily switch it out by to another random background by clicking the “background” option on the menu bar on the top of the game interface. You’ll then be able to cycle through the many background images that the game has. Some examples include serene sceneries, beautiful resorts, paddy fields, lotus-filled pond, as well as historical places in China. All of the background images in this game are painted and not actual photographs of locations in China though.
Furthermore, you’ll also be able to choose whether you would like to play your mahjong game with 2D or 3D tiles. If you haven’t played a mahjong game with 3D tiles before, it is a great opportunity for you to finally try it! You’ll notice how different dimensions will change how you view the layout and it definitely makes the game much more interesting! Although the game in China Mahjong contains a timer, it’s kind of weird that the timer doesn’t countdown or up. In fact, it’s like the timer is there just for show. There’s no way for you to activate it either if you fancy a timed game instead of the usual “zen mode” games.
If you get stuck in a layout, the game will automatically reshuffle your tiles for you. Each reshuffle, either automatically or manually - yes, you can also choose to reshuffle your tiles whenever you want to too! - will cost you some score points. The same goes to the “hint” option. Hint is mostly used when you’re convinced that there are no more matches but somehow the game has yet to reshuffle your layout. This usually means that you have a match or sometimes, even more than 1 match, that you must have missed somehow! The hint will help you highlight one of the matches that you’ve missed so you can proceed with the game. Each time you use your hint, you will lose 100 points from your total score.
After you’ve completed the level 1 game, you will then proceed to the next level. The game will automatically select a new and different layout for you to play! The score that you’ve collected in the previous level will also be brought over to this next level. This means that the score is accumulative and any score you get or lost in level 2 will be added or subtracted from your total score. Thus, you can see how far you can go and how high a score you can get!
Unfortunately, China Mahjong does not have its own official Facebook fan page which is typical of quite a lot of Big Fish Games’ games, no matter how popular the game is on the Big Fish Games platform. However, you will have better luck by visiting the game’s forums on the Big Fish Games website if you’re interested in searching for other players, who have enjoyed this game as much as you did.
The graphics in China Mahjong look okay – not exactly very memorable and yet works well with the game. The tile patterns are plain-looking and the basic sort that you’ll see in any traditional mahjong tiles. You can’t really change the tile patterns in this game. The best part, in terms of graphics, is perhaps the different beautiful background images. For this sort of plain-looking games, you may have expected that there isn’t any music. On the contrary, the game provides an oriental-themed meditative music which is very pleasant to listen to. There is some variety as well, since the music while you’re playing a game and the music on the level selection screen are different. However, the sounds are placed on loop and can feel a tad bit repetitive after a while.
China Mahjong is a rather simplistic-type mahjong game that is fun and challenging despite lacking a part of customizations that some mahjong games may have, such as different themes for the tiles and achievements. Instead, the game makes up for it by offering a whopping 248 different layouts for you to enjoy! You can also enjoy playing your games on a background that you like (from the selection of beautiful background images provided) without spending a single cent. There are also reshuffles and hints that you can use at the cost of a small amount of your total score points when you hit a snag while trying to solve any of the layouts. China Mahjong is a truly free-to-play game as the game does not even have any in-app purchases! So, if you love mahjong games, you should definitely give China Mahjong a try! You’ll love it!