50+ multi-layer layouts with feature backgrounds and sounds
ShisenSho (Four Rivers) standard rules
Patterned layouts, multi-layer layouts
Standard, Race, Chase and Memory Modes
Save/Resume game feature
Multiple tilesets, wall components within board layouts
High Scores maintained by board layout. Training Mode and Tutorial
Social networking with Facebook integration
ShisenSho, sometimes known as “Four Rivers”, is a single-player, tile based board game, where the objective is to remove all tiles from the board. It is similar to Mahjong Solitaire but with different matching rules.
ShisenSho has many unique features, including "pattern" layouts, "multi-layer" layouts and "blocking" wall tiles.
ShisenSho has 50+ challenging and varied layouts and has been designed to provide an appealing but challenging experience for the user. The user interface is clean and easy to use and, with a choice of tile-sets and the inclusion of high resolution backgrounds, the game is visually stunning.
Game Mode options are:
Standard – normal game, high scores are maintained by board layout; Race – race against time to get on the high score board; Chase – tiles reappear on the board as the game progresses; Memory – match hidden tiles, seriously difficult..!
It is an excellent game for all age groups, providing stimulation and a mental challenge.
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Game play: The first screen to pop up is a thank you for buying the game and a link to the developer's web site to see other games and to see tutorials. There are also on their web site links to Facebook and other sites.
This is not Mahjong as the rules are different. The object of this game is to clear all of the tiles from the board by pairing them up. Some layouts are single layer and some are multi-layer to make them more difficult. In addition to matching tiles you can match any sports seasons or flowering tiles, oriental seasons and flowers. To use a tile it has to be free with either the left or right hand side free. You can match 2 or 3 tiles at a time. As you remove the tiles new ones below them may become exposed. Tiles have to be able to be linked by the line method which is too difficult to explain without a picture so go through the extensive tutorial.
With the training mode enabled the free tiles are highlighted to help you more easily find them. In normal mode the tiles are all the same brightness and you have to find them. There are other buttons like you can erase the last move or even get a hint.
You can play the standard mode, race mode, chase mode or memory mode to match hidden tiles like concentration. Games can be beat (Clear all of the tiles) but as you progress you may set up patterns that cannot be solved but you can go back using the back button. Some games like the trio mode requires you to match three tiles and the halves game requires you to match a tile with a free left side to a similar tile with a free right side.
The stacks of tiles can be quite high and the game is challenging and interesting to play. It may take you a while to get used to the line linked rule until you get the hang of it. A timer keeps track of how long you play and in the upper RH corner it tells you how many open moves you have.
You can flip the tiles top to bottom or left to right to view a new perspective of the tile layout. You can shuffle the tiles but there is a 10 second penalty on the clock. There is a pause button and a go forward and go backward button. There is also a short cut button to leave the game you are in.
Main Screen: * Play Shisensho * Try a trial version of genius takes you to another game * Try a trial version of sports takes you to another game * Tutorial * Upgrade * Games options * Facebook - takes you to a page to select seven new games and two cost money to buy them. Touching one takes you to the Apps store and to a list of 24 more games. * And a link to their web site.
What I like: This is a challenging mind game and matching the tiles is fun and hard work at times. I am still learning the rules on the line connect as some obvious matches just will not go together but it slowly gets easier. The graphics are clear and on the games I played you can easily read the tiles. There is not pan or zoom option but so far I haven't needed it.
What I don't like: There are so many links to the web that you will have to turn off your WIFI, or go to airplane mode or turn on parental controls if you kids play this game.
The line rule for selecting tiles makes this seem more difficult from normal Mahjong as I am so used to the standard rules.
Summary: This is a mind challenging game and interesting to play. A game is not a short thing to play, at least for me, and it gives you a sense of almost like playing chess and the opponent is the board. I liked this game but with all the links and trial games included I get the impression that this is just a come on to buy more games. There are 45 levels so that should keep you busy for a while. I like these styles of games so I will continue playing and see if it stays enjoyable and entertaining. The line rule seems to make the game more difficult and that is what I need to get used to. This is a four star game. I wish it had an option to turn off the line rule and just play normal Mahjong as I like the board layouts.
Size: The size is 7.2 MB compressed and 7.59 uncompressed.
Permissions: * Network communications - full internet access
There are 47 boards from small to med to large and four different modes of play. Standard is just that. A straightforward game. It is easy and the only challenge I found was to try to beat your time. Race mode you try to beat the games time. Chase mode has the tiles keep coming back. I found this very annoying. Memory mode is like concentration where you only see the backs of the tiles and have to try to remember where they are. Very difficult and I lost patience with it. Six tile sets to choose from. The other options are to set the Picture Backgrounds, Game sounds and training mode on or off.
The game play is different than Mahjong in that you have to have a direct line between the tiles you are removing with no other tiles blocking your way. Plus you can only choose a pair of tiles that are on the same level, so of course all the tiles you need are on that level and you just have to match them up. The game will store your 9 highest scores for each board. On the large boards the tiles can get very small on my Kindle Fire. I can still see them OK, but it probably would be more difficult on a phone. You cannot zoom in or out.
This to me is might be a 3 1/2 star game, but it keeps running in the background even after you exit the game, causing you to have to Force Close it after each play to save battery. That brings it down to 3 stars.
I downloaded this as FAOTD after using the limited free app. I really like this on my KFire because of the nice size (pretty much fills the screen) and the quality of the colors and tiles. It's not Mahjong but fun in a different way that I really like. There are MANY levels and different layouts to play, although I think the user interface to find all the info is often more challenging than the game itself - lol! Really nice for having something to do when you don't want a full out timed challenge. If you like this type of game I would definitely give this one a try.
First, if you're looking for a Mahjong game this isn't it. This game has different rules. The rules are there but it may take playing it more to get the hang of it. I play Mahjong a lot and the habits were hard to break. The only drawback to the game is how easy it is after you get the hang of the rules. There is not a big challenge but, it is a fun time-waster. If you are waiting at the airport or for your take-out, this game is great to make the time pass.
I really like the different board layouts, and the game does a great job of making every game winnable. However, some of the more complex, bigger boards are impossible to really see on my phone. This would play much better on a tablet. The early boards are great, easy to see (as it scales everything to fit on the screen). With the more complex boards, you can't distinguish flowers versus seasons (or whatever those tiles are).
This game is very similar to MahJongg tile games. The rules are a bit different, but there is a tutorial that explains it. The graphics are beautiful and the game play is very smooth. One of the features I like is the alternating sounds you hear when matching tiles. I find it very relaxing and additional fun trying to keep the sounds in rhythm.
I downloaded it onto my Kindle Fire and discovered that my 5 year old grandson loves to play this. So we take turns and it's a fun game to share some grandma and grandson time together. Only thing I don't like about it is it doesn't tell you when your time is up or keep scores. Other then that a good and fun past time game.