All the useful things in the world today were probably invented thousands of years ago by the Chinese - like gunpowder, chopsticks, bicycles, and those little water bottles that fix on the side of hamsters' cages. They were also pretty adept at keeping themselves amused during those long, dark nights and invented almost all types of Patience and Solitaire including, erm... well, probably quite a few.
Another game they invented was Mah Jong, normally a two or more player tile game that's a weird cross between Dominoes and Rummy. They even managed to create a game of patience using the Mah Jong tiles - often called Shanghai - and Turn It is a straightforward variation of that.
Turn It is a much simplified version that involves looking at a screen full of face-up tiles and then selecting identical pairs to remove them from the board. There are a couple of rules, however. First, you have a time limit for each screen (the length of time can be altered by selecting a different skill level at the start of the game).
Then you must remember that the two tiles in a pair must be connected by a line which is drawn along the edge of the playfield and/or across tiles that have already been turned. Life at this stage would be bearable, but what really makes it tough is the rule stating that the line connecting the two tiles to be turned can turn no more than twice (every turn of the line is through 90 degrees).
There are 50 levels to a game (a password is given after every 10 levels) and the levels increase in difficulty in a variety of ways. Usually the number and the complexity of the tiles increases, so you have more to manoeuvre around, but sometimes you're up against a crippling time limit.
There are occasional pairs that can either be a help or a hindrance once they're turned, like the diamond tiles that give you an extra 10 seconds or the skulls that deduct points if you do have to turn them.
GRAPHICS AND SOUND
Neither is outstanding, though the music is all right and the sound effects are fine. The tiles have all been well drawn and everything looks about as good as you would expect.
The difficulty tuning on the screens has been set well and with 50 levels to complete this will keep you going for some time. The only disadvantage is that once you know a level you'll complete it every time.
A very nice game that's been well done and will entertain whenever you have a few minutes to yourself. This is a good variation of the classic, so if you don't own at least one already this is as worthy of consideration as the rest.