Welcome! BShisen is a wholesome, fun, and addictive strategy game pitting you
against yourself and the clock. It is similar in some aspects to Mah Jongg (Shanghai),
but it can't really be compared to any other game.
BShisen is played with a variably-sized board and up to 36 different tiles. The object of the game is
to remove all tiles in a minimum amount of time. Matching tiles can be removed if they can be
connected in three (3) or fewer lines.
The best way to learn how to play is by making use of the "Suggest Move" (Alt-G) menu item,
which will hilite two (2) connectable tiles. Tiles are selected (and removed) by clicking
- Lines may be horizontal or vertical, but not diagonal.
- Lines may pass through any white space (including the space around the board),
but not through other tiles.
Connecting adjacent tiles
Connecting non-adjacent tiles
The game is over when either all tiles are removed or no more moves are possible. Not all games are
winnable. Furthermore, even winnable games can be made unwinnable based on the order in which tiles
are removed. Games are numbered, and there are approximately 4294967294 different tile arrangements
- New Game
Abandons the current game and starts a new game with a random ID.
- Restart Game
Restarts the current game.
- New Game By ID
Closes the current game and prompts for the ID of the game to play.
- About BShisen
Shows information about which version of BShisen you are playing,
Undoes the last removal. Every removal is recorded, so you
could undo every previous move, if you wanted to.
- Suggest Move
Shows a possible move (if one exists) by hilighting the tiles. Although
this is useful when you are stuck or learning how to play, a 30 second
penalty is added to your score every time this option is selected.
Selects the board size. Current board sizes are:
18 x 8 or 14 x 6 is the default size, depending on your screen real estate.
A large monitor is recommended for the larger size boards :-)
- 14 x 6
- 18 x 8
- 24 x 12
- 28 x 16
- 32 x 20
- Hall Of Fame
Shows a list of the 5 best times for each board size, as well as some other
Enables or disables sounds. Sound is on by default (BeOS is a media OS,
Configures various preferences.
Configures the background color, the background picture, and
if the background picture is centered or tiled. Please note that
the preferred way of setting the background picture is not by typing
its name into the Preferences window, but by dragging a picture from
Tracker onto the BShisen window. The Preferences window is the only
way to remove a background picture, though.
Allows you to set the sounds BShisen plays when a connection is made, or
when a connection can't be made. To set the sounds, drag a valid sound file
from Tracker onto the Preferences window, somewhere in the proper box.
If the sound is valid, it will be played. Although there is no limit on the
size or length of the sounds you can use, excessively long sounds will
probably be annoying after a while. :-)
Pauses a game, stopping the clock and hiding the BShisen window to discourage cheating.
- The BShisen window responds to color drops by changing the background color.
- The BShisen window responds to graphic files dragged from Tracker by setting the background
- If the BShisen window is minimized, hidden, or in a different workspace, the timer is paused.
BShisen is copyright © 1998-2001 Kelvin W Sherlock.
All rights reserved.
Now, for the lawyerly crap:
The Software is provided on an "AS IS" basis, without warranty of any
kind, including without limitation the warranties of merchantability,
fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. The entire risk
as to the quality and performance of the Software is borne by you.
SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW EXCLUSIONS OF AN IMPLIED WARRANTY,
SO THIS DISCLAIMER MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU AND YOU MAY HAVE OTHER LEGAL
RIGHTS THAT VARY FROM STATE TO STATE OR BY JURISDICTION.
IN NO EVENT WILL KELVIN SHERLOCK BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL OR
INCIDENTAL DAMAGES ( INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF
BUSINESS PROFITS, LOSS OF INFORMATION, COMPUTER FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION,
OR USE ), EVEN IF KELVIN SHERLOCK HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH
DAMAGES. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION
MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
That said, BShisen has been tested extensively and should be mostly bug-free. If you do find a bug,
though, I will either fix it or ignore it :-). Send all bug reports, complaints, giant cash offers,
marriage proposals, job offers, et cetera to