Developer: Midnight Martian
File Size: 0.9 MB
Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Requirements: iPhone 2.0 software
Compatibility: iPhone and iPod touch
If you’re anything like me, you’ll jump on the chance for another free iPhone application, but probably expect less than if you were to pay for it. You will be amazed by Moonlight Mahjong Lite if you haven’t already played it.
When I first saw Moonlight Mahjong Lite in the App Store, I didn’t hesitate to download it, but I did have some low expectations. I thought this was going to be a top-down, 2D style Mahjong game, where it’s hard to tell what level the pieces are on. Not so. In fact, this game feels like a mature release from the App Store.
The controls for Moonlight Mahjong are very intuitive. You can “grab” the screen with one finger to move the entire board around. You can pinch to zoom in or out. Two fingers twists the board. The only action I had to look up I probably would have discovered by accident at one point or another, and that’s to change the angle of viewing the board, which is the two-fingered scrolling action.
All of this happens very smoothly. If you choose to leave the game for any reason, when you return you will find that the game has saved your last partial game so you can resume any time you feel like.
If you’re really looking hard to find something to not love about this game, there is one thing; the tiles could be more rounded and thinner just to look a little more realistic than they do now. That said, this is quite a minor shortcoming. I personally think the game looks beautiful. The tiles are very box-like, but they gradually transition from in to out of focus as distance from the camera increases.
What really puts the cherry on the top of this game is the developer, Midnight Martian. They get it. They get the new way of how to sell things on the internet—by giving them away. Moonlight Mahjong comes in two flavors, Lite and Regular. Lite has four board layouts, and Regular weighs in at 12 board layouts, some of which are said by the developer to be exclusive to Moonlight Mahjong. I absolutely love the Lite version of this game, but I’ll more than likely end up buying the paid version for $4.99, even though the four board layouts are more than enough to keep me entertained. The Lite version is pretty much an entire game, not a crippled version with a ton less features…not even a demo with a time limit. I am so thankful for that kind of freebie that I want to support Midnight Martian for making such a great game for free.
Download Moonlight Mahjong Lite