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Shanghai: Dynasty - PC/Mac

by Activision See the Amazon Page for this brand
Windows 98 / Me / 95, Mac
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B00001N2P5
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: July 1, 1999
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,395 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Shanghai: Dynasty combines the addictive game play of ancient Chinese tile-matching games with the Internet to provide new challenges. This best-selling game generates both single and multiplayer puzzles, including mahjong. This puzzle-packed challenge sets off a new era in tile-matching excitement.


Mah-jongg, that ancient Chinese tile-matching game enjoyed the world over, may be one of the most widely played forms of recreation known to mankind. While not quite as old as the tabletop version, Shanghai: Dynasty - Activision's sixth take on the highly popular past time - may be the most ambitious of the computerized translations, integrating a wide array of significant enhancements into an already feature-rich and entertaining system.

First introduced eons ago in 1986, the latest entry in the long line of Shanghai products adds several important features and facets of play to the game's fairly fundamental concept. For instance, Shanghai: Dynasty now boasts multiplayer compatibility (offering IPX, modem, and Internet accessibility); several competitive single- and dual-player modes; "Shanghai for Kids," a tailored version of the game that's ideally suited to teaching children the basics; a tournament mode; a custom tile and layout editor; and, for the first time, mah-jongg. Now you can hook up with fellow online enthusiasts and partake in a lively parlor session of mah-jongg, Classic Shanghai, or the all-new Dynasty and Pandemonium, two rather intriguing derivatives that breathe new life into this somewhat tired favorite. In Dynasty, you lock horns with up to four savvy computer-controlled opponents in a race to see who can clear their board in the quickest time. In an interesting twist, power tiles - in the form of jokers - have been added to the mix, which, when successfully matched, can cause tiles to be replaced on each of your opponent's boards or can locate matches on your own board. In Pandemonium, you again put your prowess to the ultimate test against up to four quick-witted computer-controlled opponents - this time, however, all of the players must compete on the same board, racing against the clock and each other to find and make the most matches before game's end. Several new, beautifully crafted tile sets have been developed - astrology, fantasy, prehistoric, and Egyptian hieroglyphics, to name but a few - complete with wondrous animations and exotic sound effects. For the truly adventurous, you may even create your own tile sets using MS Paint - which is incorporated into Windows 95 - and the special template contained within the BMP folder on the Shanghai CD. If you so desire, you may even upload or download your custom-designed tile sets or layouts with fellow Shanghai players, thereby expanding the number of tile sets. And, should you "paint" yourself into a corner, a handy "shuffle" option has also been included, which scrambles and repositions any unmatched tiles so that play may continue. As a reward for clearing the board, you receive positive predictions, similar to the kinds of messages contained within fortune cookies.

So, whether you have an entire afternoon or just a few minutes to kill, try kicking back and booting up Shanghai: Dynasty. It's the perfect respite for the rainy-day blues, combining all the rich, compelling elements of mah-jongg with the challenging interactivity and immediacy afforded by the Internet. Even if you don't have access to a modem, or you prefer to indulge in a solitaire session or two, Shanghai: Dynasty is an impressive and expansive take on the centuries-old classic. --Marc Dultz
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So many variations to play! August 15, 2002
First you have to like this sort of game and have the patience to play it. Then you have to like variety. You can not only chose the type of tiles (fantasy, cultures, children's) but also which layout you want to you. There are dozens and dozens of combinations to chose from. If you win, then you see a little animation that fits with the type of tiles you've played with. Its a relaxing game that you don't even need to be skilled at -- you can always use the "find match" button if you need help.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Mahjongg game ever June 26, 2009
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This game has been my all time favorite. When my original disc became corrupted, I started searching for a replacement. Activision said they had discontinued it and no replacements were available.

When I found this game in Amazon, I was delighted. It is the closest thing to actually playing the original game as played in the Mahjongg parlors in China and Japan. You can choose which game you want to play. The Chinese game goes fast and is easy to play. The tiles are clear and easy to read. The Western version is different and provides an alternative way of playing. You can choose the difficulty of play so you can increase your own skills.If you just want a simple tile matching game you can also do that. Most of the other Mahjongg games are just that. Tile matching. There is another online Mahjongg game from Japan that you can download but if you can't read Japanese, you don't know what's going on and is not near as much fun as Shanghai Dynasty.

When Shanghai first came out, you could sign online and play with other people. I miss that but this is still my favorite game over all others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mah Jongg July 17, 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is the real Mah Jongg, not just tile matching. I love this game. One note, you must download a patch to fix a scoring glitch.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Shanghai Dynasty November 16, 2010
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I played this game years ago on an old Mac- wanted to play on my Windows laptop- it is no longer being made, but found this one and love it. It is better than the similar versions online-
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