Shanghai (video game)
Shanghai is a computerized version of mahjong solitaire. After winning a game, the tiles reveal the three-dimensional blinking eye of a dragon behind the game screen. The Macintosh and Sega Master System version shows an animated dragon spitting fire.
Shanghai was programmed by Brodie Lockard.
Shanghai was successful, selling more than 500,000 copies by 1991. Computer Gaming World in December 1986 published varying opinions. One stated, "I couldn't believe [Activision] had wasted their resources on putting it out", while another called it "probably the best game of the year". Compute! reviewed the game favorably, reporting that "our Shanghai mania is of such proportions that I am beginning to fear for our health". The game was reviewed in 1988 in Dragon #138 by Hartley, Patricia, and Kirk Lesser in "The Role of Computers" column. The reviewers gave the game 5 out of 5 stars. The Lessers reviewed the Atari Lynx version of the game in 1992 in Dragon #181, also giving this version of the game 5 stars.
A sequel to this game was entitled Shanghai II: Dragon's Eye and was released on the Sega Genesis and Super NES. The former was also re-released on the Wii Virtual Console in the PAL regions on November 27, 2009 and in North America on January 11, 2010, which was later delisted at the end of 2013.
- Lesser, Hartley, Patricia, and Kirk (October 1988). "The Role of Computers". Dragon (138): 70–75.
- Emrich, Alan (February 1991). "A Good Deal, Better / Activision's Shanghai II". Computer Gaming World. p. 10. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
- Williams, Gregg (December 1986). "Hacker II". Computer Gaming World. p. 18.
- Ardai, Charles (December 1986). "Year in Review". Computer Gaming World. p. 20.
- Bobo, Ervin (February 1987). "Shanghai". Compute!. p. 32. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
- Lesser, Hartley, Patricia, and Kirk (May 1992). "The Role of Computers". Dragon (181): 57–62.
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