I’ve played a lot of different Mahjong games before, and they mostly wind up being tile matching games whilst I steadily winnow down a pile to nonexistence. This is all right by me, generally, and so when I saw Funtown Mahjong on Xbox Live Arcade for eight hundred Microsoft points, I was fairly interested.
What I got, however, was a whole different matter.
I got a really top-rank chill game with some great music and an almost rummy-style of mahjong play, where my big task was to assemble runs and sets of three tiles. That’s pretty much it. You’re out to do it before everybody else, of course, and you’ll actually have a multiplayer versus mode to try out.
Sure, the graphics make it look a LOT like Hot Shots Golf / Tennis (Hot Shots Mahjong? That’s really rather interesting….), and at first, it’s going to be a little difficult to pick up since I can’t remember ever playing THIS kind of Mahjong before despite having played several different kinds. But still–it’s nice to have a game you can cool off with at the end of the day, and Funtown Mahjong definitely fills that bill.