SHANGHAI II  (HUDSON SOFT / ALFA SYSTEM / ACTIVISION)

CD-ROM 2 SYSTEM (JAPANESE VERSION)

Shanghai was the very first PC-ENGINE game, released back in 1987. Based on an original game created by Brodie Lockard (Activision), the Hu-card version of Shanghai was developed by Hudson Soft, and followed by two sequels in CD-ROM. Shanghai II, released in 1990, was a heck of an evolution, when compared to the Hu-Card version.

 

Before the review itself, lets talk a little about the game. Shanghai is a very interesting puzzle game, which uses the very same pieces from Mahjong (popular game in China and Japan), in a completely diferent environment. You have to release the pieces which are locked away, all over the table. To do that, you have to click on any free piece and look for a similar one. When you click on the second one, both pieces will disappear... this will unlock new pieces, and so on, and so on... ^_^

 

Shanghai II is much better than the Hu-card. The pieces have a more realistic look, the drawings on their surfaces have a better definition, and the game control is quicker and more responsive. As for the sound, to compare both versions is pretty unfair! The sound effects are quite similar, but the musics are too damn cooler. With an excellent sound quality, they have a nice Chinese mood that suits the matches just perfectly. There are also several adjusting options, such as Change Fonts, Help, High Score, etc.

 

Im quite suspicious to talk about Shanghai II, because Im simply addicted to this kind of game. If you enjoy puzzle games, Shanghai II is highly recommended. If you enjoyed the first Shanghai game, this CD-ROM version is a must-have.

 

Marcelo Reis

 

UNIVERSO PC-ENGINE

Graphics

78%

Playability

91%

Musics and Sound Effects

81%

Interest

90%

OVERALL

85%

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