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Shanghai

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Sharp X68000
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PC-88
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TurboGrafx-16
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4.3
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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 Arcade The pile is getting smaller.
Shanghai Macintosh Starting a new game
Shanghai SEGA Master System The help screen
Shanghai Apple II Let the game begin!

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The Press Says

Sega8bit.com SEGA Master System Oct 19, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Amiga Joker Amiga Nov, 1990 86 out of 100 86
Video Games Lynx Mar, 1991 85 out of 100 85
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Lynx Mar, 1991 84 out of 100 84
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Dec, 1986 83 out of 100 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Lynx Mar, 1991 9.5 out of 12 79
Computer Gamer Commodore 64 Mar, 1987 75 out of 100 75
Commodore User Commodore 64 Mar, 1987 7 out of 10 70
1UP! SEGA Master System Aug 27, 2004 70 out of 100 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Feb, 1987 7.2 out of 12 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

  • 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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