Saturday, February 21, 2015

Flash Game Mini-Review: Mahjong Master

Sometimes you just want to relax.  You don't want to play an epic game, a fast-paced game, an addicting game, or anything else; you just want to play something familiar, something to de-stress and unwind.

Mahjong Master

That's all Mahjong Master is: it's a classic game of Mahjong, no more and no less.  It doesn't try to do funky things with new mechanics or give you points to spend or upgrade.  All it does is present Mahjong, with calm music and a calm background.  It's the sort of game that ordinarily would get no attention, which is exactly why I'm giving it some.

You have your choice of twelve layouts, beginning with the classic turtle, of course (which I always thought was a wicker basket when I was a kid).  You also can choose between four kinds of tiles, and you can shuffle and take hints.  Selectable tiles are highlighted, and immoveable tiles are dimmed.  The best feature, of course, is being able to turn off the sound effects and music (as nice as they are) so you can listen to your own. 

You also get to see how many tiles and matches you have left, which is especially useful to know when it's the appropriate time to shuffle.

Technically speaking, the matches number is slightly off, if you have a triple or quadruple match (having three matching tiles out gives three possible matches, but it reads as two, and likewise all four tiles out means six matches, but it reads as three).  But that's the only bug in the whole thing.

Sit back, relax, unwind.  Play Mahjong Master.

Friday, February 20, 2015

FissureVerse - #41: Art

Eight more cards to add to the pile of completes!

Capitalia, Blue Blazes, Eclipse, Red Skies, Cave of the Weeping, Holiday
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In each case for these locations, the artwork has been changed but the flavor text has remained the same.  Thanks to Byzwa Dher, Hillary Wilson, Esherymack, and Chris Cold for the art for these.

Medical Frigate, Seedling
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Medical Frigate has been balanced a little to move in line with similar cards, and has otherwise gotten new art and flavor text.

Seedling I believe has remained the same in terms of stats, but it finally got great new artwork by Stéphane Robert.  I decided to skip flavor text on that one because I think Seedling looks somber enough.  Besides, trees don't talk.

Friday, February 13, 2015


Sorry for missing a couple of weeks here.  I've been working on stuff, particularly on FissureVerse, but there's not yet enough to show for a post.  I had meant to make February a month for DOOM levels, but FissureVerse is crowding my mind, so that's what's going to be posted.  I'll make a post next week about it; I hope to have eight cards to show by then.