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Shanghai (SEGA Master System)

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Shanghai is one of the first video game adaptations of the tile-based game played with the Chinese mahjong stones - essentially a puzzle game that has little to do with real mahjong rules.

The gameplay involves 144 tiles, each depicting different images, which have to be removed by matching them into pairs. The tiles are arranged in a gridded pattern, which is higher near the centre. A tile can only be removed if it has no tile next to it on at least one side.

This computer implementation can generate a random board layout to take on and features five preset challenges, some of which have time limits of five or ten minutes, as well as a multiplayer mode.


Shanghai SEGA Master System Title screen
Shanghai SEGA Master System The game menu
Shanghai SEGA Master System Using the identify function
Shanghai SEGA Master System Beginning a set

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Sega8bit.com Oct 19, 2004 9 out of 10 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Nov, 1988 10 out of 12 83
Power Play Oct, 1988 82 out of 100 82
Video Games Mar, 1991 80 out of 100 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Nov, 1988 796 out of 1000 80
1UP! Aug 27, 2004 70 out of 100 70
All Game Guide 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jan, 1989 48 out of 100 48


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Some boxed games had a Shanghai postcard as bonus Front - original game cover artwork. Back - Game title and subtitle. Offer to a free demo disk for $3.00 at the specified address. Blank space for recipient’s address and stamp.


Apparently inspired by a Chinese game called "the Turtle" or "Destroy the Turtle", played with Mahjongg tiles, Brodie Lockhard implemented the first digital version of mahjongg solitaire in 1981 on the PLATO system (released for free, played via a CDC-721 touch screen terminal, according to Wikipedia), which in turn led to a commercial online version run by the Control Data Corporation in 1983 before this, Activision's 1986 home version, made the biggest splash yet.


  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (Issue #00) - #44 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
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  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #146 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
  • Happy Computer
    • 1986 - Runner-up as Best Game Idea of the Year
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1992 – Best Lynx Game in 1991
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