Ambrosia to make mahjong game for iPhone

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Ambrosia Software on Friday announced plans to get into the iPhone software business with Aki Mobile Mahjong, a rewritten version of their Mac game Aki Mahjong Solitaire designed specifically for the iPhone.

The company plans to preview the game at next week’s Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco, Calif., and said that it will begin selling Aki Mahjong Solitaire when Apple launches the App Store, due when Apple introduces new iPhone 2.0 software (hopefully later this month). Ambrosia didn’t specify how much Aki Mobile Mahjong will cost.

Like Aki Mahjong Solitaire, in Aki Mobile Mahjong your goal is to clear a board of ivory tiles by finding their match elsewhere on the game board. Tiles can only be removed if they are unblocked on either side by other tiles, and you have to contend with a time limit, too.

The iPhone version of the game features support for Core Animation, the ability to download and install additional custom levels via EDGE or Wi-Fi, and the ability to stop what you’re doing by hitting the Home button, then resuming right where you left off the next time you play.

Ambrosia currently lists Aki Mobile Mahjong as being in beta development.

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