December 1, 2010 in Gaming (E)
[prMac.com] Valence, France - Independent software developer In Poculis today released Mahjong In Poculis 3.5, an update to their popular free solitaire game for Mac OS X and Windows. The big news is a new mode designed for children. Perfect for mahjong lovers or those who simply enjoy challenging memorization, Mahjong In Poculis is a memory game where players have to select identical tiles to make them disappear. The main constraint is that they have to be on the layout's borders. All of the Mahjong pieces must be cleared, but it takes some discipline, strategy, and a little bit of luck to win the 5 medals of each scenario.
Commonly called Shanghai games, Mahjong In Poculis features 120 levels and 6 fun scenarios, including Christmas, Halloween, Asian, Easter, Wonderland and Future. Each one has its own levels, graphics, musics, sound effects as well as an easy-to-read statistics panel where scores from scenarios' levels can be quickly observed. To get users started, a 5 step, in-game tutorial can be displayed on demand. Players may also post their scores and photo on the game's website.
* Child, Standard and Expert Mode
* Christmas, Halloween, Asian, Easter, Wonderland and Future scenarios
* 120 levels
* Built-in 5 step, in-game Tutorial
* Post Scores and Photo on In-Poculis's website
"We tried all the Mahjong games we could to extract our prefered features" said Bernard Lerat, co-founder of In Poculis. "However it was not enough. We wanted to add something really new to the gameplay and decided to change the scoring by the use of combos. You always have to select identical tiles but you have to evaluate many possibities to be sure to create straights or four of a kind"
Among Mahjong In Poculis' most prominent features is its combo feature to gain more points. Other than beating a particular time for clearing the board, players earn points with combos such as four of a kind (two identical pairs) or straights. If the player can no longer match a pair, the game board automatically reshuffles the tiles.
* US English, French, Spanish and Italian
* Mac OS X Version 10.4 Tiger, 10.5 Leopard or later
* Windows 7, Vista, XP and 2000
* Universal Binary for PowerPC and Intel
* 53 MB Hard Drive space
Pricing and Availability:
Mahjong In Poculis 3.5 is completely free without any limitations. Gamers are simply asked to donate to help further development.
Located in scenic Valence, France, In Poculis is a privately held French software company founded in 2001 by Bernard Lerat and Olivier Cannone. Leveraging their longtime, collective experience from diverse software professions, both Bernard and Olivier's main focus is developing compelling games for the Mac and Windows platform. Copyright (C) 2001-2010 In-Poculis. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.