Mahjong Journey: Quest for Tikal - Nintendo DS Standard Edition
- Nine adventurous game modes, including Classic and Adventure.
- Play one of the most popular casual game genres, now on the most popular casual game platform.
- More than 300 puzzle layouts to solve.
- Five tile sets to unlock.
- Three difficulty levels.
- Platform: Nintendo DS
- ESRB Rating: Everyone
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
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Embark on a journey to the ancient Mayan empire. When the Sacred Disc of Tikal opens up, it’s up to you to solve the age-old mystery surrounding the 30 Tiles of Insight. Travel to the exotic Central American site to uncover the treasures of this rich culture while you match tiles and clear more than 300 puzzle layouts. Play in nine different game modes and three different difficulty levels in this epic puzzle adventure!
Top Customer Reviews
Very enjoyable game if you like Mah Jong or other matching-type games (like Bejewelled).
I'd recommend this game to anyone.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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!
The reason this game only gets three stars is the size of the tiles. Would it have killed the manufacturer to make the tiles just a little bigger? I was having such a great time playing this game, curious to see what layout was next or what piece of the mystery would be revealed next, but had a headache after three layouts and had to put the game down. What a bummer!
Overall, I think this is a good game to add to your collection if you are a Mahjong fan, but just don't plan on spending long spans of time playing it.
In "Adventure" mode (which is in no way adventurous) there are a few screens of dialog setting up the "adventure" story at the start of the game. Then a couple at the end of the last level (level 60, the 60th game board) in adventure mode when it says you are done. Those screens of dialogue and the design of the tile sets are the only real differences in the 2 games.
In "Classic" mode, there are a variety of tweaked mahjong solitaire games to play. The varieties (and their names) are identical in the 2 games (Mahjongg Mysteries Ancient Egypt and Mahjong Journey Quest for Tikal). You can choose difficulty level (Easy, Normal, Hard). Another reviewer has described these various tweaked games well, so I won't say more.
Overall, I liked the tile set better in Mahjongg Mysteries Ancient Egypt, so I liked the game a bit better than the Quest for Tikal game. But you definitely shouldn't get both.
This game is really good if you like Majong. There are many different games to go through and it isn't too bad on the eyes with the new Nintendo DSi XL! This game has several different tile sets that "unlock" along the way. There is of course the true Asian tiles and the others are different. There are several "types" of Mahjong (I didn't know there were so many types of Majong). There are two sections one has about 100 layouts the other contains 60+. You can pick your difficulty levels and try to score more points each time you do a level. You can use helpers along the way like shuffles which I believe I will need when playing the difficult level. You can pretty much dictate the games you play by choosing the levels, tiles, backgrounds and layouts in Classic Mode.
I would recommend this game to anyone who loves Majong. Playing it on Nintendo DSi XL even better!