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Beware, after playing just one game of Moraff’s “MahJongg 2009,” you’ll find yourself eager to come back and play more. We just wish the trial period lasted longer.
The user interface is colorful, easy to navigate, and offers users a few extra features. Prominent menu buttons reside at the top of the window, and allow you to choose from different game designs, and apply game settings, such as the number of matches, and tile-set displays. There also are buttons to undo and redo moves. In terms of extras, you’ll find a radio that plays soothing music to get you in the mood to play mah-jongg, and almost the entire user interface, down to the cursor, is customizable. The game tiles are bright and colorful without being too busy. If you’re new to the game of mah-jongg, an extensive Help menu will have you up and playing in no time. We jumped right in, clicking the tiles to make matches, and we liked the score and ranking information that appeared after the game was over.
The one downside to the program is its 14-use trial, which is pretty stingy. But it’s still plenty of time for experienced and novice users alike to become highly addicted to this well-designed version of mah-jongg.