Opinions I'd garnered on Shanghai III were few (two, to be exact) but differed to a wild degree. "BEST OF THE PCE SHANGHAI GAMES!" yelled one man; "DISGRACE TO THE SERIES!" warned another. But being indifferent to the game of Shanghai to begin with and an all-around goofball in general, I didn't really care about any of that "good or bad" or "integrity of the series" stuff. I was just intrigued by the idea of playing another ASK KODANSHA product, as the company had endeared itself to me somewhat with its likably wacky HuCard RPG, Necros.
Well, Shanghai III didn't need the aid of my pro-KODANSHA bias to impress me right away; its many available options accomplished that on their own. Lots of different board layouts and four interesting tile sets can be experienced as soon as you start up a basic game.