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  Mahjong Story - ©SNK 1990

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Game Stats
1 player

Japanese language only Mah-Jong game

42 Megs

Japanese Name:

Mahjong Kyo Retsuden

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Thomas Tien

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Well unfortunately, I don't speak Japanese. The game being basically a bunch of mah-jong games constructed around some crappy story (only kept interesting by promises of girls stripping), however, that did not prevent me from beating it after a lot of trail and error to learn the tricks. Here's what I can say:

First of all, the computer opponents cheat like bastards. The first chubby guy with glasses is ok, but some of the latter characters, especially the last *boss* "Dragon of the middle states" (being Chinese I can read the Kenji stuff), come up with the mahjong equivalent of four-of-a-kinds and royal flushes almost constantly. The only way to beat him (and a couple of others, most notably some skinny dude with wild hair and some frail-looking guy whose underaged sister the main character is evidently trying seduce into the sack) is with a lot of luck, and by cheating a lot yourself.

That's the one "special" feature of this mahjong game, unlike traditional mahjong you can accumulate cheat points by possessing certain secret tiles assigned at the beginning of each "round". If the round ends without the computer opponent winning, you get one point for each tile up to four tiles per round. When you have ten tiles, you too can cheat and conjure up ome of these mahjong supreme hands which in "real life" you may get once every 4/5 years or so. Cheating is likely the only way to beat this game, no matter how good a mahjong player one is, because the computer players cheat VICIOUSLY. Imagine playing 5-card poker and your opponent always start with at least a couple of Queens, that's what this game feels like. A major part of gameplay is not as much mahjong as trying to accumulate cheat points quickly so you can wipe out the computer player in one big hand before it can wipe YOU out.

The computer AI in this game is highly unintelligent, the only differences between any of the opponents seems to be that the latter characters just cheat more, skill-wise they seem to be all the same, and I've seen even the last boss make inexplicably unintelligent decisions with the excellent starting hands he's almost always given, causing him to win small with hands that even a moderately skilled human player could've won huge with.

If it weren't for the girls, I probably would not have had the patience to bother beating this. However, if THAT's what one's after then one will be thoroughly disappointed. Though the main character gets lucky twice (and hung up somewhere around 3rd base a couple of times), very little graphic nudity is shown and one shouldn't expect to see anything one would not see in an average R movie (one could even argue more like PG-13).

In short, I'd give it:

Graphics: 4/10

Sex/Nudity: 4/10

Very disappointing if one expected something more... ...prurient, after all, it IS a STRIP MAHJONG game

Sound: 6/10

I actually was impressed by the beginning sound track, whatever they were singing in Japanese.

Game play: 3/10

Ho-hum, your typical mahjong game. The extra "cheat" modes is more annoying than anything else, and the extreme and unfair difficulty makes actual mahjong skills irrelevant.

Replay Value: 4/10

Overall Rating: 4/10

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Chris Mullins

Baka Tonosama Mahjong Manyuki
Minnasan No Okagesamadesu
Mahjong Kyo Retsuden/Mahjong Story
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Maruko's Deluxe Quiz/Chibi Marukochan Deluxe Quiz
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Mahjong Story/Mahjong Kyoretsuden---- These two are the same game, just released by two different manufacturers. A nice stripper Mahjong game, but the first, and therefore, has very little playability, compared with alright game, but play it just for the ladies.

Overall Rating: 11/20

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Because this is a Japanese text only game and because I don't know the rules of Mah-jong, I cannot review it properly. Please see the reviews below for more information on this game!

Once again, this is a Japanese text only Mah-jong game. It seems to be fairly straightforward; you just meet different people and play Mah-jong. If you win, you move on to face the next person. It doesn't appear to be story line based, as in games like Baka tonosama.

As you would expect, the graphics in this game aren't anything special, they just do their job. There is only so much you can do graphically with Mah-jong tiles, right? Likewise, the sound is nothing special either, nor would you really expect it to be amazing in a game like this. Sound effects are pretty much non-existent and I suggest you turn the music down.

I cannot give this game a proper rating, the only thing I can rate are the graphics and sound. If you like Mah-jong and preferably understand Japanese too, you will probably enjoy this game.

Graphics: 4/10
Sound: 3/10
Game play: ?/10
Replay Value: ?/10

Overall Rating: ?/10

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