Giveaway of the Day - World’s Greatest Cities Mahjong

World’s Greatest Cities Mahjong
June 29, 2013

Enjoy a relaxing visit to fabulous cities around the world in World’s Greatest Cities Mahjong, a wonderful game of matching tiles for the entire family. Remove tiles in 140 colorful layouts while visiting New York, London, and other magnificent destinations. Enjoy clearing tiles the usual way in Classic, exchange tiles to make matches in Swap, locate the like set of tiles in Pair, and find the two corresponding tiles in Logic, plus three other unique styles of play. Each offers a tantalizing challenge filled with special power-up tiles, unlimited hints, and helpful shuffles. Filled with beautiful scenery, relaxing music, and fascinating facts, this game will keep you enchanted.

Features:

  • 7 mahjong game types
  • 140 different layouts
  • 14 different backgrounds
  • Lovely music
  • 4 Special power-up tiles
  • 7 stages.
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System Requirements: Windows 98/ 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7; CPU: 800 MHz; RAM: 256 MB; DirectX: 7 or higher; Video:16 MB
Publisher: Playrix Entertainment
Homepage: http://www.playrix.com/ga...
File Size: 50.5 MB
Price: $19.95

This software was available as a giveaway on June 29, 2013, this giveaway is not available any more. You can download the trial version of this software at http://www.playrix.com/games/p....

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  1. World’s Greatest Cities Mahjong:

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    Installation:

    Today’s giveaway downloads as a 50.5 MB zip file that unpacks to a read me and a wrapped setup file (the orange colored file with the key symbol), plus there’s a setup file with security (setup.gcd) that’s protected from being hacked (because the previous giveaway system was easily cracked). This file may case some security software to alert the user to a possible malware attack, but it will be a false positive.

    The game giveaway team check all game giveaways for malware using several well known anti -malware suites. There has never been a game giveaway infected with malware since the project started back in Dec 2006. (The owners know that allowing such things would compromise their buisness, so they make sure all software given away via the giveaway and gamegiveaway sites are throughly checked for all types of malware before allowing community members to download any files.

    Some community members have been having problems installing games since the security software was added. It’s been found that turning off your security temporarily or configuring it to accept the setup.cgd file usually sorts the problem out.

    To register and install the game click on the orange colored icon. The installed game is 47.6 MB in size and installs to the following path by default:

    C:\Program Files\Playrix Entertainment\World’s Greatest Cities Mahjong\Greatest Cities.exe (If the install path shows the last game installed you need to clear your internet cache)

    The path can be changed to suit whatever your wishes are. Once the game is installed you can delete the giveaway setup files. The game installs 2 shortcuts to the desktop (a shortcut to the game and a shortcut to Playrix). You’ll also find a shortcut in the Start Menu for an uninstaller.

    World’s Greatest Cities Mahjong works on both my Win 7 & Win 8 computers. I don’t have a Vista or XP installation set up at the moment (and won’t for several months until we move house later this summer).

    If you miss today’s giveaway today’s sister program Worlds Greatest Places Mahjong is available from MyPlayCity (MPC) or Gametop 24/7, but do bear in mind the potential for toolbars and home page changes everytime you boot up an MPC game.

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    Introduction:

    Enjoy a relaxing visit to fabulous cities around the world in World’s Greatest Cities Mahjong, a wonderful game of matching tiles for the entire family. Remove tiles in 140 colorful layouts while visiting New York, London, and other magnificent destinations. Enjoy clearing tiles the usual way in Classic, exchange tiles to make matches in Swap, locate the like set of tiles in Pair, and find the two corresponding tiles in Logic, plus three other unique styles of play. Each offers a tantalizing challenge filled with special power-up tiles, unlimited hints, and helpful shuffles. Filled with beautiful scenery, relaxing music, and fascinating facts, this game will keep you enchanted.

    Reference accessed HERE 22nd June 2013

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    The Game:

    We all know what Mahjong is, so I’m not going to describe this game in much detail except to briefly describe each of the modes available.

    You can turn off the music and sound effects via the sliders located in the options menu. you can also play the game in windowed or full screen mode. There is a help menu that details all of the modes you’ll be introduced to (see below for the various modes. There’s no specific mode selection except that the level map is color coded so that for exxample if you want to play all of the Non Pair boards click on the thumbnail that’s coded orange. You can only play the boards on the sage you are presently on. there are seven stages, each stage comprising of 20 levels, that are a combination of all seven modes. To progress to a new stage (a different city) you have to complete the previous stage first.

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    The color coding for each of the modes is a sfollows:

    Matching Pairs – Red
    Non Pairs – Orange
    Solitaire – Yellow
    Great wall – Green
    Logical Triple – Light blue
    Bottom tile – Dark Blue
    5 Seconds – Purple

    Matching Pairs:
    This is your traditional ‘matching pairs game where you have to remove all matching pairs from the board.

    Non Pair:

    In each layer of the board there’s only one tile that does not have a pair. Find it. The rest of the tiles in the layer will disappear once you’ve selected the correct tile. You must clear all layers to finish the level.

    Solitaire:

    You play this like you’d play a game of solitaire with cards, collecting tiles from Ace to Deuce of each suit. You start with the ace and work down to the deuce (2). To remove each tile to the bottom frame just click on it.Tiles must be free to be removed. Free tiles have no tiles on top, or left or right of them. The tiles that are not part of the sequence can be removed as pairs like the matching pairs game.

    Great Wall:

    Take off identical tiles that lay on opposite sides of the wall. In order to remove a tile , it must have either the left or right edge free and have no tiles placed on top. Remove all tiles to complete the level.

    Logical Triple:

    In the frame at the bottom of the board there are tiles that are ‘logically’ related to two tiles on the board. Select these two tiles to remove them. In order to remove tiles , they must have either the left or right edge free and have no tiles placed on top. Remove all tiles to complete the level.

    Bottom Tiles:

    You have to remove tiles one by one. Click any free tile on the board that is identical to one of the tiles in the frame at the bottom of the board. All tiles must be removed to complete a level. In order to remove tiles , they must have either the left or right edge free and have no tiles placed on top.

    5 Seconds:

    You have to remove tiles one by one by clicking on the tiles that are free and identical to the tile in the frame at the bottom of the board. This tile changes every 5 seconds, making it quite difficult. All tiles must be removed to complete a level.

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    There are four secret tiles one of which shows all matches for 30 seconds (green question mark) , one that removes all instances of any tile you choose (Red stylized lightning strike), there’s a swap tile that can be used to move tiles that are embedded within a block of tiles (orangy brown left and right arrows) and change will give you more matches when you only have a few. Select two tiles and all instances of the second tile will be changed to match the first tile (Yellow/orange with three squares).

    The beauty about this game is thta every time you play the same level again, the tiles are set differently, so you can replay the game and have a totally different experience each time.

    Suggestions to the developer:

    1) … Include several skins for different style tiles

    2) … Enable more backgrounds to be imported into the game

    3) … Be able to access all stages so that you can play all the levels of any mode you wish, rather than have to complete each stage before you progress

    4) … Include a levels editor so that you can create your own levels

    5) … Include modes from the other world games for example the memory game and four rivers game, (found in the World’s Greatest Places Mahjong game)

    6) … Include a timed and untimed mode

    7) … Include a straightforwards matching pairs mode where you can play just the main mahjong game

    8) include the traditional four player game as an option.

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    Summary of Features:

    * 7 mahjong game types

    * 140 different layouts

    * 14 different backgrounds

    * Reasonable music (quite restful)

    * 4 Special power-up tiles

    * 7 stages

    Video:

    You can see a couple of videos of World’s Greatest Cities Mahjong HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE

    Music:

    There’s no way of editing the music content for this game. you can turn the music off via the options menu and play your own. :)

    Minimum System Specifications:

    Windows 98/ 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7
    CPU: 800 MHz
    System RAM: 256 MB
    DirectX: 7 or higher
    Video RAM:16 MB

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    Conclusion:

    This is a nice addition to the World series of Mahjong games. Overall World’s Greatest Cities Mahjong is a pleasant game of mah-jong with a variety of modes to play from the traditional matching pairs solitaire to several alternative methods of playing (solitaire, great wall,logical triple, non pairs etc). The addition of these extra modes with power ups included makes the game much easier to play than a traditional game; also the tiles that can’t be removed can be toggled to grey out. This makes it even easier. For me this was okay as it made it much easier on the eyes. Traditional games tend to give me a headache because of the mass of visual information. Despite this being an easier Mah-jong game I’ve scored it an excellent 8 out of 10 because of the variety of modes available.

    Score:

    Overall I’d give this game the following score:

    Gameplay – 8

    Graphics – 8

    Replayability – 9

    Originality – 7

    Instructions/help – 8

    Totals 40 out of 50 which is equivalent to 8 out of 10

    Problems with the game?:

    If you have any problems installing or playing today’s game please go to the game discussion forums where you’ll find a FAQ’s section HERE.

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    A Request for help:

    Developers rely on good feedback to improve their games. If you download this game please take some time once you’ve played it a while to leave some constructive feedback either positive or negative. The more constructive feedback we get, the more likely developers are going to give more games away. The giveaway site already has a very good standing with the search engines. Developers want their products out there on the WWW, this site has the potential to do that. The game giveaway project gives away on average between 9 to 17 thousand downloads for each game depending upon what genre and how obscure the game is. That’s a lot of homes these games are being downloaded into and a lot of ‘potential’ cash that’s being lost by the developers. If we get better games because of better feedback, the community are likely to continue to benefit from the generosity of the developers. Satisfied community members are then more likely to visit the home sites of those developers and purchase games that they may not have bothered with before they discovered the developer via the game giveaway site, thus giving the developers more incentives to give away even more decent games.

    Please leave some feedback once you’ve checked the game out. It can be positive or negative, but please explain what your reasons were for the feedback you post. You could also leave suggestions for improving the game, for example, this game could do with more block types for the levels editor, add more power-ups, describing the ones you think would be suitable, add some mini games (which seem all the rage in some arcade games now) or enable the user to be able to change the in game music easily.

    Thank you in advance to all those who take the time to post a constructive comment.

    Regards

    Whiterabbit aka Stephen

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    Comment by Whiterabbit-uk — June 29th, 2013 at 3:02 am
  2. I’d like to say thanks. As I am downloading this now, I cannot give feedback as to the game itself. However, you have combined two of my most favorite things, travel and mahjong! So kudos to your company and to the team who put this together.

    ………………..Moderator comment…………………

    I hope you like the different modes. Some are better than others. :)

    Comment by Deadsnakebiting — June 29th, 2013 at 3:08 am
  3. I don’t see any mention of a relaxed mode. is there one?

    ……………….Moderator comment………………..

    There’s no timer, so basically all levels are relaxed.

    Comment by Jan sen — June 29th, 2013 at 3:55 am

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