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Discover Egypt

Game Description: Discover the monuments of Ancient Egypt in this beautiful Mahjong and Spot the Difference game. There are 10 levels with the great Pyramids, the Sphinx, the river Nile, Egyptian Temples, and more.

How to Play Discover Egypt:

  • After the game fully loads, click the 'Play' button.
  • You will now see a map of Egypt.
  • Click the 'Play' button once again.
  • Each level has two games: a Mahjong game, and a Spot the Difference game.
  • Each level starts with a Mahjong Solitaire game.
  • In the Mahjong Solitaire game you can only click tiles that have at least one side (left or right) free and have no other tiles placed on top. These are called 'free tiles'.
  • Match two identical free tiles to remove them from the board.
  • Score 30 points for each match that you make.
  • If you get stuck you may click the 'Hint' button and Discover Egypt will show you a match. (Each time you use a 'Hint', 100 points will be deducted from your score).
  • Should there be no more possible moves on the entire board, each time this occurs, Discover Egypt will let you know and then automatically reshuffle the tiles for you.
  • You may use the 'Shuffle' button to rearrange the tiles, but 500 points will be deducted from your score.
  • Their are two styles of tiles you may use. You may click the 'Tile' button to change the style, but the position of the tiles will remain the same. So, the 'Tile' button really has no effect on the game play itself. It is purely for aesthetics. (I personally prefer the default tile style. For me, when I use the default style, the tiles are much easier to distinguish from one another).
  • The clock is located at the upper left corner.
  • For level 1 you are given 10 minutes. Keep in mind that you must solve both of the games: the Mahjong game and the Spot the Difference game, before the time expires. In other words, any time you have remaining after you complete the Mahjong game will be used to complete the Spot the Difference game without the clock being reset.
  • For each succeeding level, you will be given 10 seconds less time, and the mahjongs will become increasingly more difficult.
  • Your primary goal is to remove all of the tiles from the board before time runs out and leave yourself enough time to also complete the Spot the Difference game. Your secondary goal is to score as many points as you possibly can.
  • If are able to remove all of the tiles, you will immediately play a Spot the Difference game to try to complete the level.
  • In the Spot the Difference games there are two pictures side-by-side, and 7 differences to find.
  • When you find and click on a difference it will be removed from the picture, and 10 seconds will be added to your available time.
  • When you click anywhere other than on a difference, 5 seconds will be deducted from your available time.
  • If you are able to find all of the 7 differences, before time runs out, you will go on to the next level of play.
  • There is a 'Hint' button for the Spot the Difference games. (I originally wrote: "I am not sure how it is supposed to work. Each time I click it I lose 5 seconds of time, however I do not see any help or hint as a result." However, the game developer himself, Bram Schoonhoven, was kind enough to post a comment below and explain how the hint button works. As he explains, when playing the Spot the Difference games, you must press the hint button with the mouse hand and not with the decorated pointer. This will give you your hint, and Discover Egypt will encircle a small area where you should click. Thanks again Bram for clearing this up for me!)
  • There are 10 levels, and 20 games.
  • If time runs out on any of the 20 games it is game over, and you must restart the entire game back at Level 1.
  • There seems to be no way, that I can find, to save your game progress.
  • Important: After you begin your game, do not ever click the 'Menu' button at the top of the game screen. If you do, you will permanently lose all of your game progress!






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Please Note: Before playing Discover Egypt in Full Screen mode, you may want to take a moment, or two, to read my review. Then, after playing your game, simply click the back button on your browser to return to this page.




Discover Egypt Game Options:
  • The background music may be turned on or off by clicking the musical note icon, which is the second to last icon, located near the upper right corner.
  • The game sounds may be turned on or off by clicking the microphone icon, which is located just to the left of the musical note icon.
  • Click the 'Pause' button to take a break. Click the 'Continue' button to resume play.

Discover Egypt Playing Tips:
  • If you are like me, and brand new to Mahjong play, you will want to click the 'Hint' button frequently. Even though you may end up with no score, or very little score, using the 'Hint' button is the best way to quickly learn the game. Of course, after you get good at it, you will only use the Hints when you actually need them.
  • Use the 'Shuffle' button sparingly, because you will lose a whopping 500 points!
  • An obvious bit of strategy is to try to remove the top tiles as quickly as possible to free up the other tiles underneath.
  • Remember, you must finish the Mahjong game quickly enough to give yourself enough time to also complete the Spot the Difference game. So, work quickly!

Richard's Rating: 4 out of 5.

Pro: As I already mentioned in my review, I am brand new to Mahjong. Discover Egypt is the first Mahjong game that I am bringing to Richard's Game Reviews, and I assure you it will not be the last. I had no idea what I was missing! Discover Egypt has made me an instant Mahjong fan. It is visually stunning, and it is a beautiful game to play.

Con: If you fail on any of the 20 games you must begin the entire game over again, and it's back to Level 1. To me, this seems like much too great of a penalty to pay, and very unfair. I mean it takes quite a bit of effort, and time, to win the Mahjong games. Why not allow a player to simply repeat any game that he or she fails?




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2 comments:

  1. Hi Richard,

    thx for reviewing my game, some comments. You must press the hint button with the mouse hand and not with the decorated pointer and then you get a hint. We will improve that in our future games :)

    The reason you start over is because I only make high score games, and starting again in level X does contradict that somehow... but I will think of a way to solve that in future games as well.

    We have lots of more nice Mahjong games on http://www.mahjonggames.com!

    If you sent me your email address I can add you to our distribution list, use the contact form on our site to sent me yours!

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  2. Hi Bram,

    Thanks so much for your informative and thoughtful comments. I added the information you provided about the Spot the Difference game hint button to my review. I am glad you cleared that up for me.

    I have been writing Richard's Game Reviews a little over two years and this is the very first time that a game developer has taken the time to post a comment about any of their games. I am certainly impressed by that! And speaking of impressive, if you would like to play some great Mahjong games go over and visit Bram's site. Just click his signature above. It is linked to his site.

    Thanks again for your help.

    Richard, from Richard's Game Reviews

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