I have played several different Mahjong games on DS and have found this one to be the very best in every way possible. The tiles are big, colorful, bold, clear, and very easy to see. If you don't particularly care for the default set (which you see in the product description above), you can easily unlock all 4 other tile sets in the first few levels of the game. The last set you unlock is also very very nice on the eyes. The second one you get is the traditional Asian style one for purists who prefer that set.
The music in this game is so beautiful I actually turned it up to listen to it and it is CD quality full orchestration. If someone was sitting next to you while you were playing this, they would be dumbfounded to know that is video game music. I love it!
The gameplay is really nice and relaxing. They give you a 20 minute timer to play a single board which is beyond adequate as I have never taken more than 6 or 7 minutes while playing at a very relaxed pace. (This is in regards to adventure mode. I have not yet tried Classic mode).
The adventure mode takes you to various places with all different tile layouts each step of the way, and beautiful images to enjoy on the top screen.
The game is never too hard, thanks to 7 types of bonus tiles that appear randomly on each level and greatly help you out when you are stumped. My favorite of those bonus tiles is the Joker tile that allows you to match it with a tile of your choice.
I also love that the top screen tells me how many matches I have available at any time. Even better is an undo button that never penalizes me if I make a move I wish I hadn't. There is also a reshuffle button that I love to use when necessary.
In Classic mode, this game offers 9 different modes within that: Standard, Countdown (20 mins to remove all tiles on board), Point Race (remove tiles as fast as possible), Remember (symbols on tiles are displayed briefly when you touch them), Exchange (symbols on two tiles are swapped every five seconds), Shuffle (You have to match a pair of tiles within 20 seconds or the whole board will change), 10 Seconds (you have to match at least one pair of tiles every 10 seconds or you'll lose 50 points each time), Match (you can temporarily store one or two tiles on a special board so you can reach other tiles easier), and Freecell (try to find the tile displayed on the board within 10 seconds to remove it).
So whether you like adventure mode (the only one I prefer), or like to jazz things up with unique challenges under the classic mode umbrella, this game really packs a lot of tile matching fun. And for stat lovers like me, I was delighted to find it even has a page for your Statistics - telling how many layouts you have done, your best time in a game, the number of hints, shuffles, and tiles used, and best of all it tells how long you have played it total.
This Mahjong Journey is one I am incredibly delighted to have taken!