Giveaway of the Day - MahJong Suite 9

MahJong Suite 9
April 8, 2012

MahJong Suite is a high-quality collection of MahJong solitaire games. It features 2 collections of professional and exciting games in one: matching games and mahjong solitaire games with more than 150 different layouts, dozens of beautiful tile sets and backgrounds.

You can enter the hi-scores table, manage your statistics, customize tile sets and backgrounds, create your own layouts with the Layout Manager and much more!

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System Requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7; 1 GB of RAM or higher; 800 x 600 screen resolution or higher; HiColor 16 bit color display adapter.
Publisher: TreeCardGames
Homepage: http://www.mahjongsuite.com/
File Size: 17.5 MB
Price: $18.95

This software was available as a giveaway on April 8, 2012, this giveaway is not available any more. You can download the trial version of this software at http://www.mahjongsuite.com/.

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Please note that the software you download and install during the Giveaway period comes with the following important limitations: 1) No free technical support; 2) No free upgrades to future versions; 3) Strictly personal usage.

THIS SOFTWARE PRODUCT IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. WITHOUT LIMITATION, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT ALLOWABLE BY LAW, END USER ASSUMES THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE DOWNLOADED SOFTWARE PRODUCT.

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  1. I’m off out for most of today so haven’t the time to write a full review. I’ve considered what the community has said about the length of my reviews and have decided to implement some changes. But that will be for next weeks games. In the mean time if you have any problems running todays game please revisit yesterdays giveaway for the problems section (I’ll be streamling this section over the coming weeks) and as the alterative. You can find both the problems section and this weekends game deals via the link below:

    http://game.giveawayoftheday.com/incinerate-4/

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    In Game

    Installation:

    Todays game giveaway has an unusual registration process in that you need to supply personal information to receive your game registration code. That said, once you’ve filled the form and sent it, the code is given without having to check your Email. The rest of the installation is normal.

    The downloaded zip file is 17.5Mb in size and once the game is installed and updated. is 66MB in size. The zip file opens up to a read me that is essential you read otherwise you wont be able to register the game plus a wrapped set up file. The game installs shortcuts to the desktop and start menu programs list together with a link to a help document and a link to the developers web site. There’s no uninstaller in the Start menu programs list but you will find one in the games installed folder which you can find via the path below.

    C:\Program Files(x86)\Mahjong Suite\

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    Selection of tiles

    Introduction:

    A new “Flow View” option for selecting the games has been added to the Select a Game dialog box. In the “Flow View” mode, the layouts are displayed in an horizontal gallery of thumbnails and can be scrolled by using the scroll bar at the bottom. The list in the left area will allow you to filter the games by various criteria, such as MahJong only, Matching only, Favorites, Not yet Played, Customized, etc.The new “Flow View” mode can be used by clicking the “Flow View” button in the top right of the Select a Game dialog box.

    Reference accessed http://www.mahjongsuite.com/features.htm

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    Backgrounds

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    Options Screen

    There’s not much I can say about ‘Solitaire’ Mahjong that you all don’t already know. Strictly speaking this is not Mahjong; which is usually played with four players and is akin to a game of cards except you use what are called tiles. Basically what we are getting is a solitaire version of the game. A matching pairs game. That said, this game can be very relaxing.

    The game unpacks with over a hundred layouts and several tile sets, however once the game has installed a message will pop up that asks if you want to check for updates. Do click on this because you will then get the free graphics pack that adds more tile sets, backgrounds and skins. It’s safe to update on the day of the give away; however I would be wary of using the update at after the giveaway day has passed as it may invalidate the games registration code, though that hasn’t been confirmed.

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    Skins

    Because of the large number of tile sets, backgrounds and skins the game is very configurable. Most users will find some layouts to their liking. There are more matching tile sets (four pages of 12) to only one page of traditional Mahjong tile sets

    You can also select the type of game you want to play i.e. Mahjong or Matching Pairs from the drop down menu at the top left of the screen. You can also select your top 50 most played and 50 least played games as well as several other categories for example those you’ve won, those you’ve played but not yet won, your favorites plus a
    couple more. :)

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    Matching Pair Skins

    Once you’ve updated your game there will be 19 pages of layouts {14 without the update}, with 9 layouts to a page apart from the last page which only has 1, making a total of 109 layouts. You can choose to see your layouts in a flow view which enables you to scroll through each layout using a slide control with all of the search parameters listed to the left of the layouts.

    Along the top of the playing area is a toolbar that allows you to configure your game for example appearance, layout, tools, statistics help and game. You can undo or redo moves (and even set the number of times you can use this feature via the options menu), select your favorite, check your stats or high scores, select background or tiles, and even change the position of your game . Clicking on any of these opens another toolbar that gives you access to more tools.

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    Toolbar

    Features:

    1) … Create an unlimited number of Players so that you can challenge your friends to beat one another’s Hi-Scores, Games won, Score Statistics.

    2) … Enter Hi-Scores and manage your Statistics. Play to reach the Hi-Score for every layout and manage games won, with 3D Graphics.

    3) … MahJong Suite 2012 features a lot of advanced features for example options such as: “Show a legal move” command; Complete Statistics with 3D Graphics; Layout Manager; Customize Tile Sets and Backgrounds; unlimited levels of the undo/redo; ability to save, load and restart games; high-quality on-line help; select a game number; select your favorite games; associate sound effects and much more!

    … There is a graphics pack available for those who purchase this game, just click on the update link that appeares once the game has been registered.

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    In game

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    In Game

    Conclusion:

    Todays game giveaway is an excellent Mahjong game with over 100 layouts a massive collection of tile styles and a comprehensive configuration tool set. If you like Solitaire Mahjong games this should make an excellent addition to your collection.

    Scoring:

    I’ve removed the audio score because I find it’s always the one to lower the overall score. The game is worth 8 out of 10.

    Game play – 8
    Graphics – 8
    Replayability – 9
    Originality – 7

    Suggestions:

    … Allow users to add their own music

    … Include the ability to import more portraits for the players eg pictures of your family

    3) … Include a version of the four player game.

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    Additional Free Mahjong Games:

    Mahjong Masters:

    http://uk.games.yahoo.com/d/zmmasters.html

    Mahjong Solitaire:

    http://www.gametop.com/download-free-games/mahjong/

    online versions:

    http://www.by-art.com/mjong/mjong.php

    http://www.mahjong-solitaire.ws/mahjong/free_mahjong/free_mahjong_game.htm

    Mahjong Classic:

    http://free-mahjong-games.org/

    You’ll find a brief history of the game. The download link is on the second page. I’ve scanned the file for viruses because site advisor gave the site a ?. I’m not as confident f Site advisors ratings any more since seeing the giveaway site marked red for the past several months despite the offending files were removed (which were posted in the freeware section I believe). Watch out when you’re installing the game though because at the end of the wizard there’s a check box that’s checked that will take you to free access codes for free VIPGames. I didn’t want to risk allowing access, just in case, but it is probably a valid offer. It’s a downloadable miniclip game, so you will need to allow active X controls to be installed onto your computer.

    There’s also nearly 30 shareware Mahjong games available from the following site.

    http://www.planetozkids.com/ozzoom/games/mahjong-games.htm

    I highly recommend a 4 player traditional game of Mahjong called HongKong Mahjong which has a decent AI for a challenging game against three computer opponents. You can find via the following link:

    http://www.ninedragons.com/

    Or you can find quite a few free solitaire mahjong games over in the forums in the free games synopsis by G@rgoyle:

    http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/forums/topic/4534

    Comment by Whiterabbit-uk — April 8th, 2012 at 3:02 am
  2. How to activate? It´s only a trial!!!!

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    You need to follow the link provided in the read me. That takes you to an application form, where you have to fill out specific details. Once you’ve done that you will be provided with a name and registration code which is the same code for everyone.

    Comment by Gabriele — April 8th, 2012 at 3:20 am
  3. Hi Whabbit

    HAPPY EASTER TO ALL

    I have Mahjong Suite 6 and never kept it updated so this is a nice Easter present for me!

    Thank you TreeCard and GOTD

    One thing I want to mention since this is not supported unless you buy it, DON’T let it update or you will lose it!

    True mahjong lovers will appreciate this game, it is not like buying one of the Mahjong games from one of the game portals. This allows you to design your own game set-up and can be a bit technical for some.

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    Hi Suki,

    You can update the game today. It allows the user to get the free pack. Make sure you chek via the Help/about button from the toolbar that the game has registered.

    Comment by sukibabe — April 8th, 2012 at 3:21 am

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