Mahjong Forests
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Mahjong-type puzzle game.   Shareware ($19.95)
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Mahjong Forests... Discover the most beautiful Mahjong game ever created! A terrible curse has befallen the peaceful forest kingdom of Sylvannia. Use your quick wits and expert matching skills to restore peace and harmony in this epic quest!

Features:
  • Gorgeous artwork throughout
  • A sumptuous, relaxing soundtrack
  • 55 increasingly difficult hand-crafted levels
  • Every level has at least one possible solution
What's New
Version 1.8.7:
  • Fixed a bug where sometimes the save file was getting corrupted.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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Mahjong Forests User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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Foobar1969 commented on 12 Nov 2009
Since this is actually a "Shanghai" game rather than Mah Jong, and the developer even knows it, why not name it properly?
[Version 1.8.7]


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Fire Maple Games (developer) commented on 03 Jul 2008
ANGUILLA - I am working on it, I promise! I am making the game resizable when it is in windowed mode to accommodate Apple's gorgeous new monitors. Little bit tricky. I've almost got it working. It will definitely be in the next release.
[Version 1.7]


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anguilla commented on 03 Jul 2008
Oh bummer! I was hoping this update would fix how the game looks on my 30" Apple screen ... which is fuzzy and not at all gorgeous. And yes, the screen resolution does change to 800x600, but it is still unpleasantly blurry.

I had contacted the developer about this and was so hoping that this update was going to fix this.
[Version 1.7]


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jazzyguy commented on 03 Jul 2008
It doesn't save your ~/preference/serial#,BUMMER!
[Version 1.7]

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Fire Maple Games (developer) replied on 03 Jul 2008
JAZZYGUY - That shouldn't be happening! I'll look into it. Did you update from version 1.6? Or is the first time you downloaded the game? Feel free to email me at joe@firemaplegames.com if you can give me any more info. I appreciate it! Thanks!
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Fire Maple Games (developer) commented on 14 Jun 2008
I really appreciate all the feedback I've been getting on the game. Thanks!

I just released a new version, 1.6, which addresses the tile selection issues. There is now a subtle click sound and the tile turns a pale green when selected. I agree that more UI feedback is nice.

As far as the mouse speed being too fast, I'm not controlling that in any way. I'll see if there's anything I can do about it.

And to AJCook, I certainly didn't mean to deceive anybody. I realize this type of game is based on Activision's Shanghai game - It was one of my favorite games as a kid. I can't even count how many times I've played that turtle level!

I took the Mahjong part of the name from Mahjong Solitaire, not the traditional game. I apologize for the confusion regarding the title, I didn't mean to mislead anybody! I made this game for my mom, who loves these types of Mahjong Solitaire games. (btw, she thinks this is how people play real Mahjong... One day I'll teach her how to play the original game. For now, it was a big enough step teaching her how to use the computer!)

Anyway, thanks again!

Joe
http://www.firemaplegames.com
[Version 1.6]


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Corpsecorps reviewed on 11 Jun 2008
I've criticized reviewers for giving a low score to an app just because it's been done before, as if there's only one or two good ways to accomplish something but come on, Mahjong as a solitaire puzzle has been done dozens of way, including with a plot.

I don't quite understand the Chinese influence in the icon since the music, tiles, and plot are decidedly UN-Chinese.

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Having gotten those minor gripes out of my system, let me say the graphics and sound are of exceptional quality, right down to the Fire Maple logo screen (cool name btw).

This game has such a relaxing atmosphere it should not be played by the sleepy.

I had minor complaints with the UI. The mouse moved a bit faster than i like, so i would have to adjust it in prefs or a mouse driver to feel comfortable. The subtlety of picking tiles - a slight coloration and no sound effect - was a slightly annoying, too.

While the tiles are gorgeous and visually have a nice balance between similarity and difference there's only the one style.

Game play progresses very nicely due (i assume) to the hand made levels. I don't know if that extends to tile placement, or whether that's random, but the beginning puzzles were exceptionally easy.

Very nicely done, overall, but i would have been VASTLY more impressed, were this level of attention to detail applied to an application that actually PLAYED Mahjong, as those are scarce.

If you like this game, you should really try Runes of Avalon 2 as well. The atmosphere, game play, advancement screen, and quality were so similar, i at first thought they must be released by the same people.
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[Version 1.5]


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sierrasue reviewed on 03 Jun 2008
I enjoy Mahjong and this one is gorgeous. The tiles are interesting, elegant and beautiful. There are different tile sets as the game progresses, and it is almost hypnotic. I look forward to the next set.

I just play to relax, not competitively.

The music is nice but I turned it way down as it can get repetitive .. after a few hours!

This is a visually exquisite game!

LAL
[Version 1.5]


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ajcook commented on 02 May 2008
Developers of this type of Game - Shanghai - always seem keen to mislead potential players that they've actually created a version of Mahjongg. If this were Mahjongg I'd buy it - it isn't.

Is the developer dishonest, or does he really not know what Mahjongg is?
[Version 1.2]

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CaritasTwo2 replied on 31 May 2008
I disagree with the previous poster. This is a great Mahjongg game with a twist. There have been several Mahjongg games, but this one seems to hold my interest longer than most. Perhaps it is the gorgeous graphics? I look forward to updates of this product.
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ajcook replied on 31 May 2008
The twist being that the only thing it has in common with real mahjongg is the use of tiles with pictures on?

If you need to find out what mahjongg is, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahjongg.
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Corpsecorps replied on 11 Jun 2008
I have to agree mostly with the first poster.

The twist of having a plot has already been done beautifully (and informatively) by Ambrosia Software with "Aki Mahjong Solitaire", and also, i believe, in Luxor Mahjong (chinese + egyptian?)

Once upon a time, most of these solitaire games were referred to as "Shang Hai", which was nice as it let people know right away that it WASN"T the actual Chinese poker-like game.

With the tiles not even bearing any resemblance to the original chinese ones, this really has no relationship to that game whatsoever.

I've only been able to locate 4 versions of real Mahjong for Mac in decades. One was pretty good but never updated for OS 9 or X. The second was an obscure Java-based cross-platform version with minimal graphics.

I had high hopes for Mah Jong Tradition, but the ui is AWFUL and it drains virtually all the intricacy and variation from the Chinese version. It even compares UNfavorably with the so-so rules established by the American Mah Jongg Association, leaving a simplified children-only version.

The last is Damejong, which until recently was only available in Chinese and may yet shape up to be something exceptional.

This tile matching solitaire business really has no business being referred to as Mah Jong at all.
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Picon had trouble on 11 May 2009
Developer: Did you post version 1.8.6 and then pull it? Downloading from your web site only gives me version 1.8.5 (running the app on a mac).
[Version 1.8.6]



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Foobar1969 rated on 04 Feb 2011

[Version 1.8.7]



S.nitzpon rated on 13 Jan 2011

[Version 1.8.7]


Downloads:7,268
Version Downloads:1,818
Type:Games : Puzzle
License:Shareware
Date:10 Jul 2009
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $19.95
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Mahjong Forests... Discover the most beautiful Mahjong game ever created! A terrible curse has befallen the peaceful forest kingdom of Sylvannia. Use your quick wits and expert matching skills to restore peace and harmony in this epic quest!

Features:
  • Gorgeous artwork throughout
  • A sumptuous, relaxing soundtrack
  • 55 increasingly difficult hand-crafted levels
  • Every level has at least one possible solution


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