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Shanghai

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3.9
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Shanghai MSX Click on a tile.
Shanghai Atari 8-bit In game menus provide some options
Shanghai MSX Title screen
Shanghai Lynx Removing tiles

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The Press Says

Happy Computer Amiga 1987 94 out of 100 94
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Lynx Mar, 1991 84 out of 100 84
Atari ST User Atari ST Mar, 1987 8 out of 10 80
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Commodore 64 1993 80 out of 100 80
ATARImagazin Atari ST Mar, 1987 2 out of 6 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) SEGA Master System Nov, 1988 796 out of 1000 80
Video Games SEGA Master System Mar, 1991 80 out of 100 80
1UP! SEGA Master System Aug 27, 2004 70 out of 100 70
Atari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition Atari 8-bit Dec, 2013 7 out of 10 70
All Game Guide SEGA Master System 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

Extras

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.

Origin

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.

Awards

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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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