By Jenae R / October 19th, 2021
|Title||Pretty Girls Mahjong Solitaire|
|Developer||ZOO Corporation, Eastasiasoft|
|Release Date||October 7th, 2021|
|Platform||Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5|
Pretty Girls Mahjong Solitaire is a review I took because of my recent found enjoyment for Riichi Mahjong, which I’ve been playing pretty often lately and am continuing to learn more about. However, this isn’t Riichi Mahjong. Like the title states, this is the solo played solitaire version of Mahjong. This type of Mahjong involves stages with large designs made out of Mahjong tiles that you clear out by finding and selecting matches. Basically, it’s a puzzle matching game of sorts.
Pretty Girls Mahjong Solitaire has its own twist on the game, where there are various girls all with their own stages. Each girl has a handful outfits to unlock, some more than others. And each locked outfit requires you to progress through three stages (three rounds per stage), all which get gradually more complicated and difficult to ultimately “undress” her and reveal the new outfit. As you play through stages, the girl will make sounds and say various stuff in your ear. Well, in your ear if you’re playing with earbuds plugged in.
The game can be played either on the normal difficulty, where you’re on a time limit and have to start over completely should time run out, or you can play on easy. The easy difficulty will remove the timer and give you the option of using three hints per stage that highlight matches still available to be clicked on, as well as three reshuffles that rearrange the tiles when you’re stuck or in fear of soon hitting a dead end. While the game may seem simple because you’re merely clicking on matching tiles to erase them, it can get quite complicated. Anything connected to the middle of a row of a tiles cannot be erased, nor anything hidden beneath another tile. Getting stuck finding your next match will eventually cause you to run out of time. You’ll also have to start over if you don’t end up making your matches in the right order and run out of matches to be made. As I said earlier, obviously this isn’t Riichi Mahjong. Although, if you happen to play a lot of Riichi Mahjong and are familiar with the tiles, it is possible you may spot your matches much quicker than someone completely new to the world of Mahjong.
I didn’t have any issues playing through Pretty Girls Mahjong Solitaire, except for how in the settings menu you couldn’t click on the okay button, you could only back out. Nonetheless, I didn’t run into any glitches and the game played quite nicely undocked on my Switch. One thing I found to be quite enjoyable was the musical atmosphere. If you simply want to relax and get lost in the tile match making, feel free to switch the game to easy and enjoy it and its atmosphere. It’s a fantastic short and simple time passing title. There really isn’t much to this game, though I do have a couple last things to discuss real quick. Each outfit and girl you’ve unlocked, you can view in the dressing room gallery. Also, the game has a few different volume settings options. You can mess with the music, sound effects and the voice volume. And that’s all there is to it.
As I said above, this is a fantastic short little game to get lost in for however long you feel like making matches with Mahjong tiles. And for only $4.99 I’d say it’s definitely worth it. Whether you’re looking for a new game to “undress” some girls, or you simply want a new puzzle matching game to enjoy, this is a good option for the money. If you don’t want to hear the girls in your ear, you can always turn the voice volume setting all the way down. I didn’t spend more than a few hours on Pretty Girls Mahjong Solitaire, but I had fun and appreciated it for what it is.
Review copy was provided by the publisher.
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