There's definitely a lack of decent Mahjong games on Mac and although Random Factor Mahjong looks promising, it's not quite what true Mahjong fans might expect.
Random Factor Mahjong is based on the traditional Mahjong format but features an interesting "Puzzles and Levels" system. Random Factor Mahjong also uses a unique random board generator that produces new and interesting boards every time you play. This means that there are literally millions of different layouts and possibilities so you won't get bored in a hurry.
You start the game with a simple 32 tile board and 3 lives. If you complete a board, you move on to a bigger one. If you fail however, the tiles spring-back into place and you lose a life. Easy level features 8 levels with 144 tiles on the final board while Hard level (which is deactivated in this demo) has a mind boggling 172 tile board.
However, the increasing size of the boards makes the game almost unplayable at times and perhaps most importantly, it feels more like a giant solitaire game than an authentic take on the Mahjong game.
Random Factor Mahjong might appeal if you're really desperate for a new twist on the genre but die-hard Mahjong fans may be disappointed.
- * The game now uses a game display size to match your desktop.
- * Fixed full screen mode on widescreen displays (Cmd-F).
- * Changed bonus point awards for using Undo.
- * Faster screen mode switching.