Ancient Tri-Jong – Mac Sunday
Ancient Tri-Jong

Ancient Tri-Jong

Ancient Tri-Jong is not your average Mah Jong game! Quite the contrary, it is kind of like a hybrid between a solitaire game and a Mah Jong game. Let me explain. The object of the game is to remove all the tiles, but not by matching like-tiles. In order to remove a tile, you must choose either a higher or lower card than the (what I will call) “main tile.” This “main tile” is initially given to you, but as you remove cards, they replace the old tile and become the new “main tile.” For example, if you start with a 9, you can choose either a 10 on an 8 to remove from the board. If neither of these cards are available, then you can click the “main tile” to receive a new one. It’s really not that difficult (although my explanation may be a little confusing haha).

At first the game is a little confusing, but it soon becomes addicting. There is no time limit in the main Quest game, but scores are determined on how quickly you finish as well as combinations (how many cards removed in a row). It is not easy to pass each stage though, as the stack of “reload” cards is quickly diminished as you get near the end of the level. Luckily, there are over 150 levels to choose from, so you can practice on many different stages, as well as stages you can create yourself. The coolest part of this game was the option to use your own music. Playing the demo, I wasn’t able to figure it out completely, but there was a built in soundtrack bar at the bottom. Being able to control the sound right in the game is something that definitely appeals to me, and allows you to listen to anything from Beethoven to Iron Maiden. I would give this game three and a half stars of out five.