How to Play
MAKE SOFTWARE 1997
You should probably read the description for Mahjong Gakuensai 2 first
as this page is essentially a comparison of the two.
Mahjong Gakuensai is very similar to its sequel in both concept and game
structure, as it should. However there are many differences between the two,
besides characters and locales of course, that sets the two games apart.
In part 2, the map consisted only of a school campus for you to navigate
your character around. In this game, you are able to navigate around an
entire town. Well, maybe just a portion of a town that is. The great thing
about the map is that its full of life and activity. People are moving from place
to place. Trains constantly arrives on one side of the screen into a train station at
the middle of the map and depart away to the other side. If you are about to
cross the train tracks and a train comes by, the gates would actually close
and you would have to stop to a halt until the train goes by and the gates
open up again. There are even stray dogs roaming around town as well.
There are a variety of locales to visit within the map. There's a
school, bookstore, coffee house, even a mahjong parlor. You may meet
one or two characters per visit.
Mahjong challengers are again both male and female. Beating a female opponent
will reward you with the traditional striptease. The amount she takes
off will depend on what level the temperature gauge is filled at after you
win. Beating a male opponent does not reward you with points as in part two,
but instead rewards you with either an item, a photo, or absolutely nothing.
The game structure is quite different when facing a female opponent than
in part 2. For one, there is no female opponent displayed in the
background as the temperature gauge only affects the cut-scenes at the end
of the match. The background is made up of a single plain color that changes
after each round. Besides that, your health is now a single heart. It sucks
because if you lose a single round, you lose the heart and the entire match.
In part 2, where you had a health meter, you could have survived the first
lost if the opponent won by a lousy hand. You also still have to win by two
to win the match.
As can be seen by the title screen, photography is a key theme in this
game. The theme carries out much more better in this game than in part 2.
For example, some female opponents will only challenge you once you retrieve
a photo for them from someone else. Also each time you defeat a female
opponent, you get to take a photo of them. There are 3 different photos that
you can take of each depending on the level the temperature gauge is at when
The artwork is quite nice. It's great that each character has more than
one outfit that they wear throughout the game depending on the location
they're at. Plus the game is much more animated than its sequel, though not
as heavily animated as other games like SRMP7.
The game, while not as difficult as its sequel, is still fairly high.
Mahjong isn't the only difficult part. Trying to track down each character
and getting the female ones to challenge you can take quite some time as
A solid mahjong title with plenty to offer.
|Starting the game:
||At the very start of the
game, you are asked whether you want to type in a password or not. Press
A for Yes and N for No. Yes brings you to the password screen, while No
skips it and moves on. More on passwords later.
After that, you get to type in a name for yourself. If you want to do
so, go ahead. Otherwise press Start to skip and move on.
You first have to defeat the opening opponent before you are
presented with the game map. The map is a map of a town:
There are 11 locations to go in total, though not all of
them are available at the start. Type the corresponding letter
on the map to go to that particular part of the town. Some locales in
the game includes a high school, coffee house, and burger joint.
At each location, you may meet one or two characters in the
game. Some will challenge you in a game of mahjong while others will not. If
not, you will go back to the game map. Not being able to challenge a certain
means that you have to challenge them somewhere else or that you need to
defeat someone else first before you can challenge them.
Often times, a male character will challenge you each time
you meet one of them. A female character will likely not challenge you until
you do something else as stated above.
Note that challenging a female opponent is completely
different than challenging a male opponent in both game structure and
|About the game screen:
This is the game screen when facing a female opponent.
Temperature Gauge :
This is the colorful temperature gauge on screen.
This gauge starts out empty at the start of the round. It fills up
depending on your total score after you win. The gauge contains 30 bars, each
representing 1000 pts.
Getting a score of 5200, for example, will fill up 5 bars of the gauge
and 1/5 of the sixth. You fill the gauge to max whenever you get a total
score of 30000 pts or more.
The gauge is divided into 3 levels. Level 1 is blue,
Level 2 is orange, and Level 3 is red. The gauge may not always be
divided equally between Levels, that is 10 bars per Level. Sometimes,
for instances, the Level 1 region may be longer than the Level 2 and 3
region of the gauge. Or sometimes the Level 2 region may be longer while
the Level 1 region is the shortest. It varies for each female character.
The amount the gauge is filled up determines the cut-scenes shown
after the end of the match once you defeated the opponent. Basically it
determines the degree of clothing that the opponent will take off during
the cut-scenes. So
basically the more you fill up the gauge, or simply the hotter the gauge gets, the more the opponent will take off
This is your health. You start off with only one heart but can
increase it to two if you receive an item that does so.
You lose a heart for each round lost against the opponent.
You lose half a heart if you end a round with No-ten.
Once all hearts are gone, you lose the match.
Film and Stars :
The stars at the
top of the screen represents the amount of rounds that you need
to win against the opponent. A star disappears for each round you win.
You win the match when all stars are gone. There are 2 stars at the start of the round
for each opponent which means that you have to beat the opponent twice to win the match.
symbol on each roll of film is, of course, your wind association for
that round. The text to the left of the Dealer's and Reach Counter tells you what
the prevailing wind for that round is. In the screenshot above, the
prevailing wind is East.
is the game screen when facing a male opponent.
As you can see, there is
no temperature gauge, hearts, or stars presented on screen like there is
against a female opponent. Nothing special, just straight out mahjong.
|Who Starts First?
||There are no dice rolls.
You are always dealer for the opening round of a match.
|How to Win/Lose a Match?
||Note that there are no
scores for any player.
Against Male Opponents :
To win the match, you need to win one round. A new round begins in
the case of a draw situation.
You lose the match if you lose one round against the opponent.
Against Female Opponents :
To win the match, you need to win 2 rounds against the opponent.
You lose the match when all your hearts are gone.
if you fill the temperature gauge to the max in only your first round,
you still have to play another to win the match.
|Reward for Winning
||Against Male Opponents :
Beating a male opponent rewards you with either an item, a photo, or absolutely nothing.
You receive items only from challenge male opponents at
locations A and F on the game map. Playing against them anywhere else
will not reward you with any items.
Also each time you defeat the guy with the camera, you get to see one
of several photos containing the females of the game.
Against Female Opponents :
Winning the match will let you view a certain amount of cut-scenes of
the opponent depending on the level the temperature gauge is filled at
after you win.
The more you fill up the gauge or simply, the hotter the temperature
on the gauge is after you win, the more the opponent will take off in
You also get to take a photo of them as well. The photo taken also changes depending on the level the gauge is at after you win.
|Number of Opponents:
||9. 6 female opponents and 3
|Number of turns per
player per round:
|Are there Items?
||Yes. 3 total.
|What does Each Item Do?
||Items can only be received
by defeating the male opponents at locations A and F. You get an item
after your end score is calculated. A message will appear at the bottom
of the screen announcing the item received. If you don't know Japanese
you probably won't know what you got until you actually use it in play.
Items can only be used when playing against a female opponent. Items
are used automatically and are used at the very start of the first round
of a match. It also seems that you can't carry more than one of each
item. So if you get the same item again, you don't actually get it.
Here are the 3 items that you can get. It seems that what you get
after winning is random:
1. Makes your opening hand into a more complete and rarer hand.
2. Gives you 10 seconds to change any tiles in your opening hand into
another. You can change the tiles as many times as you want until the
time runs out.
3. Adds another heart to your health.
Note that Locale A can be visited once you meet the
brown-haired girl who lives there at D.
|Can you Bet?
|Locations on the map?
There are 11 locations available, each can be visited by pressing the
corresponding letter for that locale. Not all locations may be available
at the same time:
A - Bookstore
B - Apartments B
C - Apartments C
D - Train Station
E - Burger Joint
F - House F
G - High School
H - House H
I - Photography Shop
J - Mahjong Parlor
K - Coffee House
|Where is everyone?
Each character is usually located at a certain location on the map.
However, many characters tend to move around from place to place. Some locations
as well as opponents can only be unlocked if you beat someone else
Note that each location is described by the letter associated with
it. Also since I don't have a clue what the names of any of the
characters are, I'll just distinguish them by hair color. Kind of lame,
but it works :)
Locations and Descriptions
||You challenge her at the very
start of the game.
||Go to E to meet her. You can't
challenge her. Now go to K. You first meet the green-haired guy who
challenges you. Beat him and you will then meet her. She will
bring you to C where you will be able to challenge her.
||You must first beat the green-haired girl
before you can challenge her.
Go to B to meet her. You can't challenge her. You, then, meet
the photo guy who challenges you. Beat him, then go to J. You meet
her again but can't challenge her. You, then, meet the photo guy
once more who challenges you. Beat him, then go to E. You meet her
again but can't challenge her. You, then, meet the green-haired
guy who challenges you. Beat him, then go to J. You will meet her
again where you will be able to challenge her.
||Go to H to meet her. You can't
challenge her. You, then, meet the photo guy who challenges you.
Beat him. If H did not disappear from the map go back to H again
and do the same as before. After that, go to G. You meet her but, again, you can't challenge
her. You, then, meet the green-hair guy who challenges you. Beat
him, then go to I. You meet the photo guy who challenges you. Note
that you will also likely be able to find him in other locations
on the map besides at I. Beat
him, get the photo, and go to G. You will be able to challenge her there.
If you meet the pink-haired girl, go to G again once you return to
the game map.
||You must first beat the blue-haired girl
before you can challenge her.
Go to I. You see her along with the
photo guy. Now go to C. You meet the photo guy who challenges you.
Note that you will also likely be able to find him in other
locations on the map as well besides C. Beat him, get the photo,
and go to G. You will be able to challenge her there.
||You must beat all 5 female opponents
mentioned above before you can challenge her.
Go to A to challenge her.
||He is located at F. You can go there to
challenge him and get items when you defeat him.
He also appears at A. Beating him there can get you items as
He makes an appearance at C but is not challengeable.
||He also appears at A. Beating him there
can get you items as well.
He makes appears in other locations as well. Though in those
locations, you receive nothing for beating him.
||He, the photo guy, appears in several
locations. Beating him will let you view one of several photos
that he has taken displaying the females of the game. He has 11
photos total for viewing. Only one can be seen per win.
||Non-challengeable character. However
she is challengeable in part 2.
She makes an appearance at D.
||Non-challengeable character. However
she is challengeable in part 2.
She makes an appearance at G once you defeat the pink-haired
Female characters may appear in other locations as well, but will likely not
be challengeable in those areas.
|Are there any Secrets?
||None that I know of.
||Note that you receive a
1000 pt bonus in your winning score for each Reach Stick as well as for
each 100-pt sticks (Dealer's Counter) on table.
If you lose the match and let the continue screen count down to zero,
a screen will then appear with a password. You can use this password in
a later game to continue where you left off. You can enter the password
at the very start of the game. Answer "Yes" by typing A at the first message
they present to you when starting the game.
Controls in Password Screen:
A-M : Enter in corresponding letters in password.
Kong : Enter in symbol 1.
Pon : Enter in symbol 2.
Ron : Forward.
Reach : Backspace.
Start : Enter password.
Chi : Skip entering password and move on.
Name Entering :
Controls in Name Entering Screen:
A : Move cursor to the left.
B : Move cursor up.
N : Move cursor to the right.
M : Move cursor down.
Ron : Enter character on cursor.
Reach : Backspace.
Start : Enter and move on.
Each time you continue the
game after losing a match, you get to try your luck on the slot machine.
The machine spins and you press the corresponding keyboard letters to
stop it. If all three slots match up with the same girl, then you win.
You gain an extra credit as reward.
Dip Switch :
Press F2 to access the Dip Switch. Once the ROMs are checked, a
control testing screen appears. Hold the Ron key or the
N key to access the Dip Switch settings. Press the corresponding letters
to change settings in the game. That is, if you understand what each
setting is since everything is in Japanese.