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Box artwork for Magical Block Jongbou.
Box artwork for Magical Block Jongbou.
Magical Block Jongbou
Publisher(s)SNK, K Amusement
Year released1987
System(s)Arcade, NES
Japanese titleジャンボウ (雀棒)
Genre(s)Mahjong, Action
ModesSingle player, Multiplayer
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Jongbou (also known as Mahjong Block Jongbou) is a hybrid game that combines paddle-and-ball style games like Arkanoid with the table tile game known as mahjong. It was first released in Japanese arcades in 1987 by SNK, and was intended for adults only, as the game rewards players for successfully clearing certain stages by presenting them with drawings of partially clothed women. The adult aspects of the game were removed when the game was published on the Famicom later that same year.

In the game, the player must prevent a ball from falling through the bottom of the screen, and keep it bouncing with a paddle. As the ball bounces up, it will hit tiles that are arranged at the top of the screen. The tiles begin face down. One hit will flip the tile over, and another hit will dislodge the tile and send it to do the player's paddle. The player also has a row of mahjong tiles displayed just above the paddle. If the player collects the descending tiles, they will be added to the row, at which point the player must select one tile to discard. The goal of each stage is to have a winning mahjong hand by the tile the stage is cleared of tiles.

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