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[[Image:Taipei - WIN3 - Screenshot - Title.png|thumb|256x256px|Title screen.]]
 
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'''''Taipei''''' is a mahjong matching game developed by [[Dave Norris]] in 1988 and published by [[Microsoft]] in their ''[[Microsoft Entertainment Pack For Windows]]'' for [[Windows 3]] in 1990, and later re-released in their ''[[The Best of Microsoft Entertainment Pack]]'' bundle. With the release of [[Windows Vista]] in 2006, Microsoft began bundling a completely new mahjong game with their OS called [[Mahjong Titans]].
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'''''Taipei''''' is a [[mahjong solitaire]] [[puzzle video game]] developed by [[Dave Norris]] in 1988 and published by [[Microsoft]] in their ''[[Microsoft Entertainment Pack For Windows]]'' for [[Windows 3]] in 1990, and later re-released in their ''[[The Best of Microsoft Entertainment Pack]]'' bundle. Both Entertainment Packs used version 4.0 of the program. Version 5.0 was released as shareware by Norris in 1991 which included the ability to create custom layouts, change the background, and watch the tiles as they are placed. With the release of [[Windows Vista]] in 2006, Microsoft began bundling a completely new mahjong solitaire game with their OS called ''[[Mahjong Titans]]''.
  
My first experience with ''Taipei'' was on my family's Packard Bell 386SX computer my parents bought back in 1991. The PC must was a showroom floor model because and it came with a little bit of demo software including the first ''Entertainment Pack''. Because Windows 3 was such a spartan operating environment, I was grateful for the few additional games that were loaded on it. I played a fair amount of ''Taipei'', beating each layout numerous times, but I've never kept track of which game numbers I've beaten. This was the very first mahjong matching game I ever played, and I had to read the in-game help document to understand the rules. I particularly like the flower and season tiles because they're unique, the one of circles because it's so colorful, the one of bamboo (the bird), which I originally thought was a samurai warrior. In the end however, like [[Solitaire (Microsoft)|solitaire]], this game is little more than a time-waster.
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==Personal==
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My first experience with ''Taipei'' was on my family's Packard Bell 386SX computer my parents bought back in 1991. The PC was a showroom floor model loaded with various demo software including the first ''Entertainment Pack''. Because Windows 3 was such a spartan operating environment, I was grateful for the few additional games that were loaded on it. I played a fair amount of ''Taipei'', beating each layout numerous times, but I've never kept track of which game numbers I've beaten. This was the very first mahjong solitaire game I ever played, and I had to read the in-game help document to understand the rules. I particularly like the flower and season tiles because they're unique, the one of circles because it's so colorful, the one of bamboo (the bird), which I originally thought was a samurai warrior. In the end however, like [[Solitaire (Microsoft)|solitaire]], this game is little more than a time-waster.
  
 
==Status==
 
==Status==
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==Review==
 
==Review==
* '''Overall:''' 4/10
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{{Video Game Review|4|8|5|1|6|Windows 3 v5.0}}
* '''Best Version:''' Windows 3
 
  
 
{{Spoilers}}
 
{{Spoilers}}
  
 
===Good===
 
===Good===
* The game is a fully competent mahjong matching game.
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* The game is a fully competent mahjong tile-matching game.
* The addition of several layouts, some of which can only exist in a computer, is nice.
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* The addition of several layouts, some of which can only exist in a computer because they have hovering tiles, is nice.
 
* This version also lets you specify which seed number you want to play which is good for challenging friends.
 
* This version also lets you specify which seed number you want to play which is good for challenging friends.
* For only 16 colors and a tiny resolution, the graphics are quite clear.
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* Even with only 16 colors and a tiny resolution, the graphics are quite clear.
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* The later released version includes a way for you to create your own custom layouts.
  
 
===Bad===
 
===Bad===
* The game is lacking in media. There aren't any sounds, music, or animation.
 
 
* The fortune cookie wisdom you get for winning a game is a bit Americanized and quite underwhelming.
 
* The fortune cookie wisdom you get for winning a game is a bit Americanized and quite underwhelming.
* A couple of the layouts (bridge and castle) have hovering tiles. It's neat that this can be done in a virtual environment, but it's also kind of silly.
 
  
 
===Ugly===
 
===Ugly===
* Nothing.
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* The game is lacking in media. There aren't any sounds, music, or animation.
  
 
==Media==
 
==Media==
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===Graphics===
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
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Taipei - WIN3 - Icon.png|The game's icon.
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Taipei - WIN3 - Graphics - Tiles.png|All the tiles.
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</gallery>
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===Screenshots===
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<gallery>
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Taipei - WIN3 - Screenshot - Title.png|Title screen.
 
Taipei - WIN3 - Screenshot - Standard.png|The standard layout.
 
Taipei - WIN3 - Screenshot - Standard.png|The standard layout.
 
Taipei - WIN3 - Screenshot - Bridge.png|The bridge layout.
 
Taipei - WIN3 - Screenshot - Bridge.png|The bridge layout.
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Taipei - WIN3 - Screenshot - Spiral.png|The spiral layout.
 
Taipei - WIN3 - Screenshot - Spiral.png|The spiral layout.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
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===Videos===
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{{#ev:youtube|y97wcs6rezQ|256|inline|Game play.|frame}}
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==Download==
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* [[Media:Taipei v5.0 Shareware.zip|Download]] ([[:File:Taipei v5.0 Shareware.zip|Info]]) - v5.0 Shareware.
  
 
==Links==
 
==Links==
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[[Category: Games]]
 
[[Category: Games]]
 
[[Category: Video Games]]
 
[[Category: Video Games]]
[[Category: Windows Games]]
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[[Category: 1988 Video Games]]
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[[Category: Video Game Prime Order - Strategy, Adventure, Action]]
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[[Category: Video Game Genre - Puzzle]]
 
[[Category: Windows 3 Games]]
 
[[Category: Windows 3 Games]]
[[Category: Puzzle]]
 
 
[[Category: Board Games]]
 
[[Category: Board Games]]
 
[[Category: Casual Games]]
 
[[Category: Casual Games]]
[[Category: Games I've Beaten]]
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[[Category: Video Games I've Beaten]]
 
[[Category: Single-Screen]]
 
[[Category: Single-Screen]]
 
[[Category: 4-bit Color Graphics]]
 
[[Category: 4-bit Color Graphics]]

Latest revision as of 14:22, 26 August 2020

Title screen.

Taipei is a mahjong solitaire puzzle video game developed by Dave Norris in 1988 and published by Microsoft in their Microsoft Entertainment Pack For Windows for Windows 3 in 1990, and later re-released in their The Best of Microsoft Entertainment Pack bundle. Both Entertainment Packs used version 4.0 of the program. Version 5.0 was released as shareware by Norris in 1991 which included the ability to create custom layouts, change the background, and watch the tiles as they are placed. With the release of Windows Vista in 2006, Microsoft began bundling a completely new mahjong solitaire game with their OS called Mahjong Titans.

Personal

My first experience with Taipei was on my family's Packard Bell 386SX computer my parents bought back in 1991. The PC was a showroom floor model loaded with various demo software including the first Entertainment Pack. Because Windows 3 was such a spartan operating environment, I was grateful for the few additional games that were loaded on it. I played a fair amount of Taipei, beating each layout numerous times, but I've never kept track of which game numbers I've beaten. This was the very first mahjong solitaire game I ever played, and I had to read the in-game help document to understand the rules. I particularly like the flower and season tiles because they're unique, the one of circles because it's so colorful, the one of bamboo (the bird), which I originally thought was a samurai warrior. In the end however, like solitaire, this game is little more than a time-waster.

Status

I do not own this game, but I have beaten a game for each layout.

Review

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4 8 5 1 6

Best Version: Windows 3 v5.0

— This section contains spoilers! —

Good

  • The game is a fully competent mahjong tile-matching game.
  • The addition of several layouts, some of which can only exist in a computer because they have hovering tiles, is nice.
  • This version also lets you specify which seed number you want to play which is good for challenging friends.
  • Even with only 16 colors and a tiny resolution, the graphics are quite clear.
  • The later released version includes a way for you to create your own custom layouts.

Bad

  • The fortune cookie wisdom you get for winning a game is a bit Americanized and quite underwhelming.

Ugly

  • The game is lacking in media. There aren't any sounds, music, or animation.

Media

Graphics

Screenshots

Videos

Game play.

Download

Links

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