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Four Winds Mah Jong

CNET Editors' review

Between the guided tour and the online tutorial, Four Winds Mah Jong teaches you how to play competitive mah-jongg. Essentially, it's rather like a game of rummy, wherein three players get 13 tiles and the dealer gets 14, discarding one. You form a hand with one pair and four groups of three tiles, either matching or in sequence in suit. Each run of three is called a chow. Three-of-a-kinds are called pungs, and four-of-a-kinds are kongs. You can only claim a discarded tile if you can immediately form a chow, a pung, or a kong.

The guided tour leads you patiently through a couple hands. Once it finishes, though, the new game penalizes you for incorrectly claiming a tile, which seems harsh. The music sets a mood, although we would have liked a more serene color scheme. When you start a new game, you can set options such as which set of rules to follow. The downloadable Flash tutorial teaches you about game variations and tile suits. The trial version deals only two hands per game, but we found that enough to get us interested. Fans of mah-jongg solitaire should try Four Winds Mah Jong.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "No one told me that a magnifying glass was required"

    October 19, 2011  |   By eastcoastlady

    Version: Four Winds Mah Jong 2.0

    Pros

    I think it could be somewhat life-like, if I could actually see the hands to be played.

    Cons

    There is no way to expand the size of the screen or characters. They are literally impossible to see. I was unable to see the hands I was supposed to form, so could not play the game. I was totally frustrated.

    Summary

    If there was a way to expand the screen and enlarge the characters, it may be a good game. At this point, I cannot even play it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "good game"

    September 18, 2010  |   By royceb

    Version: Four Winds Mah Jong 2.0

    Pros

    great gaming
    knowledge of game is excellent
    like the music

    Cons

    can't play a whole game
    only two hands

    Summary

    Price is way out of line . About $20 too high.

    Updated on Jun 23, 2011

    wonderful game with many varieties to play. A bit too expensive for me.

    Updated on Mar 23, 2012

    Really liked the game.Many variations to play and it does the scoring for you. Just a little more than I can afford for a pc game.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very entertaining."

    January 23, 2010  |   By puterfobik

    Version: Four Winds Mah Jong 2.0

    Pros

    Easy to use and understand.

    Cons

    Purchase price, $42.00, is outrageous

    Summary

    I love this game and am extremely disappointed about the purchase price.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fantastic!"

    September 25, 2008  |   By annemarie3281

    Version: Four Winds Mah Jong 2.0

    Pros

    Real Mah Jong according to the rules, not a matching game like most others.

    Cons

    Must go tothe website to obtain full rules.

    Summary

    I know the American rules, now I can learn the rules of many other Mah Jongs.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Like the Mahjong my grandma use to play"

    September 12, 2008  |   By bostonnycsf

    Version: Four Winds Mah Jong 2.0

    Pros

    The many different versions of Mahjong that I didn't know about. I only know how to play the Chinese traditional mahjong.

    Cons

    The price. For the price, I want a physical CD just in case my flakey computer crashes.

    Summary

    I only know how to play the traditional Chinese Mahjong like my grandma use to play everyday. Even just playing the Chinese traditional mahjong is very addicting. It reminds me of when I was growing up. I'm sure my mother would be very interest in this. I'm very interested in learning the other version, too.

    The only thing I dislike is the price. I know this is the age to download everything, but where can I get a physcial copy?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great game!"

    August 13, 2003  |  

    Version: Four Winds Mah Jong 2.0

    Summary

    Finally a game other than solitaire. This game is a lot of fun.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Give me a chance to play"

    December 7, 2002  |  

    Version: Four Winds Mah Jong 2.0

    Summary

    This one only gives you two turns and shuts off. If you haven't played before, it doesn't give you much of a chance to preview it before you have to reset it.
    I'd love to buy if if it wasn't so complicated a process. Yes, I can figure it out but I shouldn't have to.

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