Bishoujo Battle Mahjong Solitaire (PS4, PS5, Switch, PC)

I’ve seen the word “Bishoujo” before when referring to anime, but I had no idea what it meant until I looked it up for this review.  Turns out it means “beautiful young lady” so to speak.  Guess that would’ve made for too long of a title for this game, where you play Mahjong Solitaire to unlock outfits for a bevvy of anime ladies, who are also armed with weapons in this one for some reason.  It’s very similar to the Pretty Girls Klondike Solitaire game I reviewed recently, and it’s available on nearly all current game consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

Mahjong Solitaire is pretty easy to figure out how to play.  You just match two tiles with the same design and you can take them away, and when all are matched, you win.  But you can’t match tiles that are in between others, or below a stack of tiles.  So you must use strategy to figure out which ones to clear.  You’ll use the L stick to move a cursor over the tiles, and press a button to highlight and match them.

To start, you’ll pick an anime lady and then a stage.  Each stage has three rounds, with a different tile layout on each one.  If you beat the third level, you’ll unlock an outfit for the anime lady.  It might be army fatigues, a police uniform, or a maid’s outfit.  Every time she’ll also be holding a gun for some reason.  Guess that must be the ‘battle’ part of the title.  You can view the unlocked outfits in a dressing room in the main menu, as well as toggle options and view rules to play.

The two main problems I had with this game are that one, you have a time limit to finish the puzzles.  You can gain some time for each match, and increase your score combo if you do it quickly, but the time limits are still pretty short, so this is not a very relaxing Mahjong game!  I also wish they would let you change the shapes on the tiles to other things like colors or letters of the alphabet.  Maybe it’s just because I’m a dumb American, but a lot of those Chinese looking characters on the tiles looked all the same to me.  So the high difficulty made me lose interest pretty quickly.

Kid Factor:

Bishoujo Battle Mahjong Solitaire is rated M for Mature with ESRB descriptors of Partial Nudity and Sexual Themes.  Before you even start the game there is a disclaimer that says all ladies in the game are portrayed as 18 years or older, so that’s a warning sign right there.  I didn’t notice any outfits that were too risqué, but then, I didn’t unlock all the outfits either because the game was so hard.  Because of that and the high difficulty, I’d say this game is best for older players.

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