Aki Mahjong Solitaire
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Addictive hybrid mahjong game.   Shareware ($20.00)
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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
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
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later



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Aki Mahjong Solita... User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Corpsecorps commented on 11 Jun 2008
Nice version of SHANG HAI!

At least they called it Aki.
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nfable commented on 26 Sep 2006
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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jmh1 reviewed on 27 Dec 2005
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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Corpsecorps replied on 11 Jun 2008
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 reviewed on 11 Nov 2005
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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Anonymous reviewed on 18 Nov 2004
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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Anonymous reviewed on 24 Dec 2003
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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Foobar1969 rated on 04 Feb 2011

[Version 1.2]


Downloads:11,292
Version Downloads:2,855
Type:Games : Strategy and War
License:Shareware
Date:20 May 2008
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $20.00
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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 principle is simple: you have a number of ivory tiles arranged on a beautiful Japanese backdrop. Your goal is to make all of the tiles disappear by matching them to similar tiles. The catch is that tiles can be removed only if they are unblocked on either side by other tiles, and you have the uncompromising ticking away of the time limit to contend with.

From these simple rules flows a game that has delighted people around the world for centuries. Aki Mahjong Solitaire features an exquisitely detailed ivory tile set from a real antique Mahjong game, combined in harmony with a thoroughly modern gaming engine of the quality you'd expect from Ambrosia.

At each step in your path, you will encounter new challenges in the variety of tile layouts presented to you, and a variety of skill levels that ensure you'll always find the experience engaging. As you progress, you will also be rewarded with fragments of Japanese culture and history, making your journey an enlightening as well as enjoyable one.


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