X-Pressive Mah Jong Game

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X-Pressive Mah Jong Game
Mahjong is an ancient game with a modern following. (mahjong 1 image by Melisback from Fotolia.com)

X-Pressive is an electronic entertainment company that provides free online games. These browser-based games run on private and commercial websites; any web page user may download and install them for free. Among many puzzle games—such as Arcatris, Bantumi, Click Clack and Reversi—X-pressive offers its online version of Mahjong, called Mahjongg 3D. Many web-game portals host X-Pressive's mahjong game, while site creators may download the Mahjongg 3D installation packet at X-Pressive's official website.

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Mahjongg 3D runs via the Flash player web browser plug-in. Users will first notice crisp and colourful graphics; the game board itself presents realistic two-dimensional graphics, but players have the option to expand their viewing field by clicking the game's “3D” button. This turns the playing field into a mouse-controlled three-dimensional plane. Asian-infused music plays in the background, though players have the option to turn it off with the click of a button.

Rules

According to X-Pressive's official website, Mahjongg 3D offers a version of mahjong solitaire, also known as “Shanghai.” At a slow pace focused on relaxation, players strive to clear all tiles from the game board. One-hundred forty-four playing tiles embossed with different symbols lie face up in layers on the board. A tile is “exposed” when it can be moved left or right without disturbing other tiles; exposed pairs of identical tiles—or tiles in the same group, such as “flower” tiles and “season” tiles—disappear from the board. This clearing of tiles reveals lower layers. Once the board is empty or no exposed pairs remain, the game is over. X-Pressive's Mahjongg 3D accents these rules by adding a scoring and bonus point system. The game gives players a time limit between clearing tiles; if the player clears another set before the clock strikes zero, they receive bonus points. These points go toward the overall score rewarded at the game's end.

Features

X-Pressive's take on mahjong solitaire offers many accents to the traditional mahjong experience. Gamers control the game with simple, one-click mouse controls. During game play, Mahjongg 3D offers five hints, which point out pieces ready for pairing. Counters at the bottom of the screen display the number of tiles left, how many tiles are free, the number of equal pairs, the amount of bonus points and the player's overall score. The game keeps record of high scores for comparison. The game offers 25 tile layouts, from traditional to outlandish. Six different tile sets feature varying patterns, including themes such as numbers, stone, chrome, classic and tribal. An editor allows players to create their own tile sets from scratch.

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