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Shanghai: Dynasty

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Macintosh
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Windows
75
4.6

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90
MacintoshAll Game Guide
Whether or not you wish to try and learn Mah-jongg, this is an excellent game. You can be perfectly happy just playing the many variations of Shanghai and enjoying the graphics that come with each tileset. Mah-jongg is a complicated game, and the rules for learning it included with the game are the clearest I've seen. Not that this makes it any easier to learn, since it involves a great deal of memorization, but the clear explanations do help a great deal. Kids will also love this game, and it is a game the entire family can enjoy.
89
WindowsGamezilla
This whole game exhibits extraordinary care in planning and execution to deliver the most fun possible from a tried-and-true game concept. While there is little originality in the basic gameplay, I have never felt so absorbed by and enthralled with tile matching. I simply cannot imagine a better produced version of this game. This is a classic version of a deservedly classic game.
87
WindowsElectric Games
If you're looking for something simple with no multiplayer capabilities or AI, and hard drive space is at a premium, perhaps one of the excellent shareware games is more suited to you personally. However, if you're a fan of these games and are looking for one product that covers a wide area of game styles with multiplayer capabilities, then take a good look at Shanghai Dynasty. Bottom Line: Four games, nine tile sets, and lots of multiplayer capability. Play against human players, computer AI, or any combination. Takes up more hard drive space than I would have preferred.
80
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Shanghai: Dynasty is one of those games like Minesweeper or Solitaire that is simple to learn, but keeps you coming back time and again to beat your personal best. Add to this a host of good multiplayer options, and an appeal to all members of the family and you have one of those rare games that will eat up way too much of your time. If you’ve tired of the built-in Windows games, give Shanghai: Dynasty a look.
80
MacintoshMacworld
Classic Shanghai adds spatial manipulation and strategy to the simple pattern-matching of traditional solitaire. Tiles are randomly piled in a five-layered pyramid, and the object is to remove them by pairing them off. You need a bit of luck to clear the board, but it's your wits that make the difference in Shanghai. Once you've learned the basic game, the challenge of solving a puzzle where you can see almost all the pieces is nearly irresistible. For Shanghai: Dynasty, Activision has added four other games. There's a child's version of Shanghai and three multiplayer games, including Mah-Jongg. Sadly, the company has not included network play with the Macintosh version this time.
80
MacintoshMac Gamer
If you're the type that enjoys card games and doesn't care about playing with other people over the Internet or thinks that playing against the computer is good enough, then I recommend Shanghai: Dynasty. If you're the type that enjoys card games and would enjoy playing with other people over the Internet, then I can't recommend Shanghai: Dynasty. Internet play is the one factor in deciding whether you should buy this game or not, because Shanghai: Dynasty is an excellent game in all other respects.
76
WindowsPC Player (Germany)
Wer bevorzugt ohne Gegner gemütlich vor sich hin meditiert, dem reicht auch die vorletzte Version Shanghai Great Moments: Die sieht nicht viel schlechter aus und ist als Billigspiel erhältlich.
74
WindowsPower Play
Seit 1989 vergnügte ich mich auf verschiedenen Computersystemen (C64, Amiga, Atari, PC) mit diversen Mahjongg-Varianten. Das simple Spielprinzip reichte zwar nie an den Reiz von Tetris und Sokoban heran, doch dafür entspannt das chinesische Domino-Pendant auf wunderbare Weise. Allerdings hatte das Computerspiel außer den Original-Steinen wenig mit dem eigentlichen Live-Mahjongg-Spiel der Chinesen zu tun. Deshalb bin ich Activision dankbar, daß sie in Shanghai Dynasty endlich auch den klassischen Vier-Spieler-Mahjongg-Modus eingebaut haben — inklusive intelligenter Gegenspieler und verständlicher Regelerklärung, die allerdings wenig taktische Hinweise gibt. Auf jeden Fall verstehe ich nun, weshalb in Hongkong aus vielen Hinterzimmer-Fenstern das verräterische Klicken der Elfenbeinsteine ertönt, denn Mahjongg birgt einen ähnlichen Suchtfaktor wie das seelenverwandte Bridge. Für mich bietet das Dynasty-Paket somit die perfekte Pausenunterhaltung, ohne dabei den Kopf zu überfordern.
74
WindowsPC Jeux
Mise à part les possibilités multijoueur, aucune innovation à signaler, mais l'essentiel est bien là.
70
WindowsComputer Games Magazine
Overall, Shanghai Dynasty is an enjoyable way to spend a few hours in frustrating relaxation. Now if they will just work on their install program.
70
WindowsPC Action
Gegenüber seinen beiden Vorläufern Dragon‘s Eye und Great Moments kann Activisions dritter Shanghai-Titel Dynasty mit einigen interessanten Neuerungen glänzen: Neben diversen Shanghai-Varianten dürfen Sie sich nun auch am klassischen Mah-Jongg versuchen, und eine breite Palette an Mehrspieler-Optionen sorgt für spannende Wettkämpfe mit bis zu vier Computergegnern oder Freunden. Das intuitiv bedienbare Programm bietet für das Genre mit seinen insgesamt neun verschiedenen Stein-Sets und den kleinen, unaufdringlich animierten Erfolgsmeldungen auch grafisch viel Abwechslung. Für Fans von Solitaire & Co ein Muß!
67
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Eindeutiges Highlight: Dank der neuen Turnier-Modi können Sie alleine gegen den Computer, zu mehreren vor einem PC oder im Netzwerk bzw. auf Activisions Internet-Server gegen bis zu fünf Spieler gleichzeitig einen Turm abbauen. Wenn Sie nach einem Knobelspiel der Suchtstufe "Solitär" suchen UND noch keinen Shanghai-Ableger besitzen, dann gehört Shanghai: Dynasty als launiges Zwischendurch-Spielchen unbedingt auf Ihre Festplatte.
60
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
For those who merely want to wage their skills against the computer, SHANGHAI DYNASTY offers a nice collection of tile games. Those looking for competition from real-life opponents are advised to stick to the tabletop version.