A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Mahjong Adventures is a simplified, kid-friendly version of the classic tile-matching game, mah-jongg. Tiles are stacked in interesting and intricate layouts, and players need to remove them by pulling matching pairs from the outer edges of the design. Here there are more matching pairs than usual, making it an easier (but still challenging) game of mah-jongg. High scores are needed to unlock new levels, but those levels are also available as in-app purchases for $.99 each. New tile sets can be purchased in the app, and the app also has ads for other apps from the same publisher. You can turn off in-app purchases from your device's settings menu.
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Is it any good?
The classic mah-jongg matching game can be a great, brainy pastime for young and old alike, but it can often be too challenging for very small kids. MAHJONG ADVENTURES, in both its simplified gameplay and colorful, cartoony imagery, works beautifully as a child's introduction to a classic game. There's a good deal of marketing going on, with several in-app purchases offered and the potential for getting on the publisher's emailing list, but the ability to unlock new levels for free (based upon meeting a high score) is a much appreciated addition.