Shanghai (video game)

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Publisher(s) Activision
Platform(s) Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Apple IIGS, Atari 8-bit, Atari Lynx, Atari ST, C64, FM Towns, Game Boy, Macintosh, MS-DOS, MSX, NEC PC-8801, NEC PC-9801, NES, Master System, Sharp X1, X68000, TRS-80 CoCo, TurboGrafx-16
Release 1986

Shanghai is a computer game developed by Activision in 1986 for the Amiga, Macintosh and Apple IIGS and also the Master System.


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.[1] The Macintosh and Sega Master System version shows an animated dragon spitting fire.[citation needed]


Shanghai was successful, selling more than 500,000 copies by 1991.[2] Computer Gaming World in December 1986 published varying opinions. One stated, "I couldn't believe [Activision] had wasted their resources on putting it out",[3] while another called it "probably the best game of the year".[4] Compute! reviewed the game favorably, reporting that "our Shanghai mania is of such proportions that I am beginning to fear for our health".[5] In 1988, Dragon gave the game 5 out of 5 stars,[1] and also gave the Atari Lynx version 5 stars later in 1992.[6] Robert Jung of IGN gave the Atari Lynx game a 10/10 review score.[7]

Development and legacy[edit]

Shanghai was programmed by Brodie Lockard,[1] and produced by Brad Fregger.[citation needed]

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.


  1. ^ a b c Lesser, Hartley; Lesser, Patricia; Lesser, Kirk (October 1988). "The Role of Computers". Dragon (138): 70–75. 
  2. ^ Emrich, Alan (February 1991). "A Good Deal, Better / Activision's Shanghai II". Computer Gaming World. p. 10. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Williams, Gregg (December 1986). "Hacker II". Computer Gaming World. p. 18. 
  4. ^ Ardai, Charles (December 1986). "Year in Review". Computer Gaming World. p. 20. 
  5. ^ Bobo, Ervin (February 1987). "Shanghai". Compute!. p. 32. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Lesser, Hartley; Lesser, Patricia; Lesser, Kirk (May 1992). "The Role of Computers". Dragon (181): 57–62. 
  7. ^ Jung, Robert A. (1999-07-06). "Shanghai — Atari Lynx Review". IGN. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 

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