Mahjong Artifacts Review (PSP)

Game Review: Mahjong Artifacts
Release: June 15th 2010
Genre: Puzzle
Developer: G5 Entertainment
Available Platforms: PS3, PSP, PSPgo minis
Players: 1
MSRP: $4.99
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Website: Mahjong Artifacts – G5 Entertainment

Hello. My name is Sarah. I am a Mahjong addict.

Seriously. This is one of those games that I could sit and play all day long and completely forget that I had anything else to do. I’ve played Mahjong on PC before, but never on PS3/PSP… Awesome!

For those of you that have never heard of Mahjong before, a brief description: You start out with a bunch of tiles laid out on-top of each other in various forms. The goal is to match up the tiles until you’re out of them. Only tiles that are “open,” or able to move left or right without disturbing other tiles, can be used in matches. In this version of the game you can scramble tiles if you get stuck, so you have a better chance of “winning.”

This particular game of Mahjong is a prequel to Mahjong Artifacts: Chapter 2. The story mode is quite interesting, you travel to different places through graphic comic scenes to find lost relics. I can’t say that it’s the greatest story line ever, but it’s decent.

Classic Mode allows you to choose what layout you would like to do along with tile sets you would like to complete, while Endless Mode is well, endless.

Auto zoom is probably the best feature about this game. Instead of me zooming around trying to get a handle on where I am, it does it for me. Crazy thing to like, but I’m a fan.  Another good feature is the fact that points do not get taken away if you mistakenly click two wrong tiles (I do that all the time…). The moving from tile to tile is a bit strange to get used to at first, it doesn’t always go where you think it will, but easy to master.

The graphics are good, thankfully the scenes change, so you’re always seeing something different in the background. The tiles are very nicely done, and they change often as well, which makes for a better variety and less boredom.

The music is beautiful, but if you’re like me, it’s a bit too mellow. This is an easy fix though if you don’t like the music, either turn it down, or listen to something else!

All in all a very simple but fun game. I would say it is completely worth the $5 you’d pay for it! This is a game that I could play through many times!

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