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Mhing is a beautiful, elegant game -- a classical game. So simple that one can play it after few minutes; in addition, so varied and exciting that it can be enjoyed for years on end.
At first glance it looks like rummy: whoever can put all their cards in sequences or sets, makes "Mhing". However, you can really only win if you make as many valuable card combinations as possible.
You've got a choice: to be finished and make "Mhing" quickly -- or to form rare and valuable combinations, which are worth hundreds of points instead of just two. Lots of possibilities make the game entertaining and always exciting.
I bought this at a Toys-R-Us in the eightes. I've always been intersted in Mah Jong, but never had the cash to invest. We purchased this game and still play even today.
I can't wait for my kids to get a few years older so I can share it with them. Nice to know it has been reprited as my cards are quite worn.
A little pricy, but well worth the money.
As mentioned in the other reviews, this is a card version of Mah Jong. The difference here is that the 'hands' are rather different than in the tile version of the game.
I find Mhing to be preferable to the tile version, since there are nice player aid sheets provided, and a unique scoring system. Waiting to go out in favor of a more valuable hand is a tantalizing dynamic.The presentation is gorgeous, even if the cards tend to be a bit flimsy.
I am not entirely sure that regular Mah Jong could be played with these cards, as I do not know if all the tiles are represented, but this should be seen as a fine, evocative variant for those looking for something that can be packed away in considerably less space than a tile set. Highly recommended.
I found this game at an estate sale and picked it up. I hadn't played mah jongg before so it looked strange to me. After going through the rules my wife and I sat down and played a game.
After 8 years it's still one of our favorites.
We have introduced many players to it all of whom have picked up the game rather quickly. I would recommend this game to anyone who likes card games or people that enjoy mah jongg.
I first picked up this game in the early 80's strictly based on a GAMES magazine review that recommended it for the rules if nothing else. One of my employees had brought me a Mah Jongg set from a trip to China and of course there were no rules. Well my Mah Jongg set has been rarely used but my cards are worn so bad they need replacing. The rule book is very well written and introduces the rules slowly. The way I teach new players is to add a new section every round. After one game everyone knows how to play. The game itself is just a supped up game of Rummy (or probably Rummy is a simplified version of Mah Jongg) but I think much more fun. In the early days we used to play for a penny a point which added a spice to the game; after all, Mah Jongg is a gambling game. The biggest advantage of Mhing is the convenience of the cards--after all, those Mah Jongg tiles are just too hard to hold, let alone fan out so you can see them.
Mhing hasn't been available for some time, but I'm happy to see it back. I'm a real Mah Jongg nut and Mhing is a great way to introduce people to the great ancient Chinese game. It works well with as few as 2 players and you can play it with or without keeping score. I play it with my young daughters and they really enjoy it. If you know Mah Jongg or Gin Rummy, you know Mhing. Keeping score complicates it, but also adds depth. It is important to get a card tray with this game. The new edition I've seen in the stores doesn't have one. The used copy I bought at an online auction did. It's not clear if the import version from Funagain has one, I hope so.