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Aki Mahjong Solitaire for Mac OS X elegantly blends the ancient Chinese game of Mahjong with an enchanting journey across Japan. It's a modern fusion of two ancient Asian cultures, and is as much an experience as it is a game. Aki Mahjong Solitaire is easy to learn even if you still haven't mastered chopsticks, so don't hesitate to dive right in. We think you'll soon find yourself captivated.

Aki Mahjong Solitaire is a journey through the uniquely fascinating scenery and culture of Japan, and a journey of meditative bliss, learning how to let the Mahjong tiles match themselves. In Aki, you may find your moment of Zen. The more...

What's New

Version 1.2:
  • Aki is now a Universal Binary that runs natively on PowerPC and Intel Macs
  • Incorporates new Ambrosia registration system
  • Various bug fixes and improvements

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later

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Corpsecorps Member IconComment+761
Corpsecorps
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Nice version of SHANG HAI!

At least they called it Aki.
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Version 1.2
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nfable
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These games did put the itch in me for the real deal - not being a snot; I like a fast paced memory-type game like these. But now that I'm older and seek a bit more strategy I yearn for the 'real deal'; my search was haggard and empty until recently, as not many are out there for mac, but found some free online jobbers that are just dandy.

www.mahjongclub.com

www.mahjongtime.com

http://www.sloperama.com/mjfaq/mjfaq05.html

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Version 1.1.1
jmh1 Member IconReview+6
jmh1
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Hey Angry Man:
I do not want to play real MahJong.

I want: "an elegant blend of the ancient Chinese game" tiles " with an enchanting journey across Japan" fantasy ecperience.
I never been to Japan and will probably never get there. I hope the peoples of Japan and China are not angry as you say.
Besides I want something that " is easy to learn" "even if " I have already "mastered chopsticks"
"so" I will not "hesitate to dive right in". " soon" I am "captivated".
...you add up my stars: I give 17 stars!

Take that Angry Man...hooey man!

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Version 1.1.1
Corpsecorps
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This is great as these go, but THIS IS NOT MAH JONGG.

It's a simple tile matching game. If anything, it should be called "Shang Hai", which was the original version!

Damejong, IS Mah Jongg (Ma Jiang)

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Anonymous
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Bloody Frickin' Hell! Can't the software companies like Ambrosia produce a REAL 4 player mahjong game, the one which actual Asian people play?????

It's really annoying how these programmers make mahjong seem like a tile matching game that's a really ancient game. The reality is that REAL 4 PLAYER MAHJONG is less than 200 years old (although based on older card games) and very similar to the card games Gin and Canasta.

Also, in Japan, people play REAL 4 player mahjong, with modern Japanese rules. It would be much more logical for the programmers to implement such a program in English, seeing that it would complete a niche market, and thus make them unique and popular.

If Japanese people saw this Aki game, boy would they be cringing or mad.

But no, they make yet another tile matching solitaire game and "orientalize" it with Japanese pictures, giving many Westerners today the wrong impression about what mahjong actually is!!!

These programmers are either really ignorant, or really stupid that they can't make a real mahjong game.

Seriously, if someone can program Poker or Canasta, making a REAL mahjong game would be reasonably easy.

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Version 1.1.1
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Anonymous
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Yeah-yeah, it's not Mahjong; more like Shanghai, a great game which I've played countless times in five-minute 'Tournament' mode. Aki-M is a good alternative.

Aki-M forces you through a heirarchy of puzzles of increasing difficulty. In Shanghai you could stumble into the odd unsolvable situation; Aki-M lets you reshuffle the tiles. Hints are available; it's up to you whether you use it or not. Shanghai gave you various play modes; Aki-M is less flexible, but I doubt if Shanghai players varied from their preferred game much.

Graphics is better than many; music is good; playability is excellent. Click off-window to automatically pause. As a quick game for relaxation, this will do fine.

The downside:

Doesn't scale well to various monitors; play it in its preferred size. Ambrosia's register nag triggers too soon; and even if you deselect "check for updates," the program still 'phones home' on every launch -- paranoia indeed. On the other hand, you don't need to insert a disk unlike the high-end games such as Call of Duty or Halo. Imagine if M$ Office did that!

This game would sell better at $15 with a nag-free demo time and a more sympathetic appeal for registration. For $20, I'd expect sharper graphics, better scalability and a "rotate board" feature.

If you liked Shanghai II, this will do fine. Pay-up and it might even get better.

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Version 1.0.2
dayos_x Member IconComment+0
dayos_x
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"Ancient Chinese game of Mahjong"? Well, in all my years I haven't seen Chinese play Mahjong like this. Perhaps what Ambrosia means is "ancient Apple IIGS game of Shanghai", which has been copied thousands of times over on the PC. It got so bad there's one version born every month. And every copy claims to be a "Mahjong game", when it's painfully obvious that the programmers themselves have never played a single Majiang game in their lives.

For a taste of the real deal, go here:
http://www.ninedragons.com/

Now seriously people, we need a decent implementation of Majiang on the Mac. And it needs to be dumbed down so any fool can sit down and within minutes, learn how to play. Or at least the Mac can help them along as they go.

Whatever it is, please don't delude the Mac community into thinking that by learning solitaire using some oriental game pieces, they already know the "ancient" game of anything at all. Always remember: If it's ancient, it has to come with insanely arcane formulas. Kind of like DOS.

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Version 1.0.1
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Anonymous
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Couldn't agree more. Majong is NOT a solitaire game. There was a 'real' majong game for OS8, though it was easy to beat, it was at least a proper 4-wind majong.

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Anonymous
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Yet another Shanghai implementation. Easy listening music fits in. The game preferences look somewhat limited, and there is no readme telling you what to expect from the full game. I had at multiple instances trouble reading the tiles because some were so "high" in front of others, they were hiding most of them...
I'll just add a small rant about this "demo". So you get to play only the 3 first stages. Fine. But then, why the hell do they have to throw at you reminders right in the middle of a play, reminders which can't be dismissed right away.
What's next, advertising right in middle of playing the demo, Ambro ?

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Version 1.0
Marla
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"there is no readme telling you what to expect from the full game."

Danster, Take a look at the file titled "Aki Handbook.pdf", it tells you everything. You even state it yourself. Get your facts straight before you post.

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Downloads 11,301
Version Downloads 2,864
License Shareware
Date 20 May 2008
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $20.00
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