Mahjong Butterfly: Review Introduction
Mahjong Butterfly is a tile matching and strategy game from Namco Networks America. This game was released in September 2011 and currently has a rating of 5 stars. Mahjong Butterfly is currently sold for $2.99.
Mahjong Butterfly: Main Takeaways
Mahjong Butterfly starts out as your typical mahjong game. Your goal is to match the tiles, making sure you don’t get stuck by strategizing which matches to make first in order to unlock the maximum number of tiles. Then comes the twist: butterflies.
The entire goal of mahjong butterfly is to strategically match the tiles (melons, leaves, flowers, wind, and sun) in order to feed your caterpillars and hatch them into butterflies, before you run out of lives. You start the game with one caterpillar, and below it are two numbers. One number is the number of berries you need to feed the caterpillar for it to enter the cocoon, the other is the number of leaves it needs. As you match the tiles in the game, the numbers go down.
There are several kinds of tiles in Mahjong Butterfly. First, there are leaf and berry tiles, which are required to feed your caterpillars. Then, there are flower tiles, which are of no importance to the game, but add in additional tiles to the board. There are also wind tiles, which when matched take a life away from each caterpillar/cocoon. Each level has one set of sun tiles, which when matched hatch any cocoons into butterflies. Each level also has one set of caterpillar tiles, which when matched add an additional caterpillar into your inventory for you to feed.
Mahjong Butterfly requires some adept thinking and strategy. At any time, you have between 1 and 3 caterpillars to feed and turn into cocoons. Matching the sun tiles too early means you miss an opportunity to hatch butterflies to add to your catalog. Matching wind tiles runs the risk of using up all your lives before you can hatch butterflies as well. You must carefully feed the caterpillars so you don’t waste berry or leaf tiles on caterpillars that have already had their quota of those tiles as well. The game does give you 3 spots for holding tiles, which helps to be able to hold one half of a match so you can unlock other tiles and progress further without using certain tiles.
The level ends when you have cleared all matches off the board other than wind tiles. At the end of each level, you also get an additional life added to all caterpillars/cocoons life meters. At any time, you can look through your catalog to see the various butterflies you have hatched and get an idea of how many you have left to find.
Mahjong Butterfly: Conclusion and Overall Rating
Mahjong Butterfly is addictive. I have to limit myself to one level per day, or else I could play for hours. I give the game 5 stars, but it seriously isn’t enough. Please don’t blame us if you get addicted, as we’re all hooked on this fun little game. I recommend this game for all players, it’s easy, fun, and addictive.