Mahjong Butterfly Review – Review Introduction
This is a review of Mahjong Butterfly – a game for Kindle by Namco Networks America. It is available for $2.99 in the Amazon store and was initially released in September 21, 2011 and is rated 5 stars on 2 reviews.
Available on the following Kindle versions as of 10/4/2011: Kindle Keyboard (formerly Kindle 3), Kindle DX, Kindle 2nd Generation.
Mahjong Butterfly Review – Main Takeaways
When I bought this game to review it, I thought I would whip right through the game and get it over with. After all – I reviewed another Mahjong game for the Kindle last week. I read the instructions and my initial reaction was “cheesy!” What’s with this caterpillar/cocoon/butterfly bit and feeding your caterpillars? And then I started to play.
Then came a new problem – I could not quit playing. I love this game! I am addicted to this game! It is a perfect example of taking a game that so many users have played before (Mahjong) and adding twists to it to make it a much better game.
There are 47 levels within the game. In each level you have the opportunity to find a new caterpillar by matching caterpillar pieces. They go in the lower left hand corner in three spots for caterpillars you can work on. Each caterpillar has various lives assigned to it as well as needs for berries and leaves. Once those needs are met it turns into a cocoon. Then, using the two sun tiles in the level, your cocoons are hatched into a butterfly.
In addition to various berry and leaf tiles that need to match, you have sun tiles, caterpillar tiles and about 8 wind tiles. You need to try to avoid matching wind tiles because they take away lives from your caterpillars (lose them all and they dry up and blow away).
In the lower right hand corner are three slots for matching tiles. You can place tiles there in a holding pattern to allow for strategy (you don’t want to match the sun tiles too early or they won’t be available for the cocoon hatching). You can switch between caterpillars if one has all their leaves (as an example) to one that needs leaves, until you are ready to work on berries or something.
I even spent about 20 minutes looking through the Encyclopedia last night to check out my Rare, Uncommon and Common butterflies that I have earned. There are 10 rare, 15 uncommon and 25 common butterflies (beautifully rendered in gray scale) and I want them all (I do wish there was more details about each butterfly type).
Mahjong Butterfly Review – Conclusion and Overall Rating
I would give my Mahjong Butterfly game review 5 stars (I’d give it higher if it was allowed). This game is an absolute gem. I refuse to quit playing until I have beaten all the levels and earned every butterfly. I highly recommend that you get this now (but don’t blame me if you get addicted).
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