Infinity and Beyond
Complete 100 different Layouts in ‘Infinity’ Mode
This trophy is obtained by completing every single formation in Infinity Mode, as there is a total of 100. You have no time limit in this mode for completion so feel free to take your time. However, getting it done as quick as possible will save you a headache. Lots of the formations in 'Infinity' Mode live up to that name. Some of them are HUGE, containing up to 500 tiles! I am very good at Mahjong and some of these single formations took me up to 20 minutes to complete. Not all of them are this long, but the majority are. This mode also contains some of the most difficult formations to complete in the game. I would suggest beginners to play through Ancient Tales mode first, to get a better understanding of how the game works. This trophy does not have to be done in one entire sitting. You can keep track of which formations you have completed by checking the yin and yang symbol at the bottom of each level on the level select screen. If the symbol is colored in, you have finished that level. If the symbol is transparent, this level still needs to be completed. Working from the top down can save you alot of frustration in this mode, as it isn't always fun to do some of these intricate formations over again.
Match 2000 sets of Tiles
This is one of the easier Silver trophies to obtain in the game. You don't have to do anything special for this, only match 2000 sets of Tiles. For instance, if you select a '7', then you select the identical '7', the two tiles animate and clap together then disappear, leaving behind a beautiful display of fireworks. This is one match. You need to do this 2000 times in total to obtain this trophy. This can be achieved in any game mode, and all game modes work together in counting towards this trophy. You can match 500 from Infinty Mode, 500 from Motion Mode and 1000 from Ancient Tales mode to achieve this. Or you could simply get all 2000 matches while playing Infinity Mode. Any combination of 2000 tiles matched will net you this trophy.
Who’s The Master?
Receive ‘Sage’, ‘Dragon Slayer’ and ‘Infinity and Beyond’
This silver trophy is obtained by getting the 3 trophies mentioned in the XMB description. Once you receive the 'Sage', 'Dragon Slayer' and 'Infinity and Beyond' trophies, you will also receive this one directly after the last of those that you achieve. For better descriptions on how to achieve each single trophy, please refer to each respective one in my guide.
Who Needs Sleep?
Complete ‘Motion’ Mode without losing a single Life
This trophy is a bit easier than it sounds. Although it may take you a few tries to do it if you are new to Mahjong. Motion Mode starts you off with a classic Mahjong formation in the center of the board. A conveyor belt, which wraps around the board, will move slowly and produce more tiles. Any of these tiles on the conveyor can be matched with the corresponding tile(s) on the game board. When a tile is removed from the conveyor, it will temporarily stop moving while the next tiles catch up to it. You can also match 2 tiles together from the game board to get rid of them, but if you do this continuously you will eventually lose. This is the game mode where being speedy is required to complete. The tiles begin emerging from the bottom right corner of your screen, and if they wrap all the way around to the fire breathing dragon at the top right corner of the screen, you will lose a life. In order to get this trophy you must not let this happen throughout all 45 levels of Motion Mode! But, as I said before, this isn't as hard as it sounds. You can use every single type of Power-Up tile to achieve this trophy. The Power-Ups are Bomb, Cannon, Magic Wand, Wild Number, Ice, Hammer, Extra Life and Rainbow Tile. If you refer to the top, there is a small description of what each one of these will do for you. If you go to the game's Main Menu, select Extras, select Help and scroll over to the description of Motion Mode there is also information about each of these Power-Ups along with a picture of what each one looks like. Use these as much as possible throughout Motion Mode and you shouldn't have a problem making it to the end without losing any lives. Be prepared, for the further you go into Motion Mode, the formations you must solve get tougher and more complex. If you lose a single life, this trophy won't be available to you unless you start Motion Mode over. Utilizing speed, efficiency and effective usage of the Power-Ups will get you through this mode unscathed. You must make sure that you do not quit out of the game in the middle of playing through a board, because if you do so then you will lose a life. This loss of life will register and you will need to start over to go for this. This game mode is very long, and can take anywhere from 6 to 10 hours to beat, depending on your personal skill at the game. This is why the trophy is called 'Who Needs Sleep?'
. I highly recommend any beginner of Mahjong to play through the other 2 game modes before attempting any of the Motion Mode trophies. The practice you get and skill you obtain for the game will be highly beneficial to your ability to succeed in this mode. Trust me, if you get to the end of this mode and have to leave, or turn it off for any reason, it will be a long time before you attempt it again. Refer to the Motion Mode Tips at the top, submitted by skippycue for the way to help you through this mode without having to do it all at once!
Can’t Get Enough
Complete 25 different Layouts in ‘Infinity’ Mode
You can get this trophy while working on the 'Infinity and Beyond' trophy. You need to complete 25 different Layouts in Infinity Mode. For more information on Infinity Mode, refer to the description of the trophy 'Infinity and Beyond'.
Come Out and Play
Play 50 Network Games
Network Games are games played against another player online. To play an online game select the Multiplayer option from the Main Menu. From there you can select to quickly Join Game, search parameters in Custom Game, create your own game where you pick your formation and background and whether the game is public or private, and you can check invites received from friends. Multiplayer works like Motion Mode. The screen is divided in half by 2 conveyor belts that run up and down the screen. You have a formation on your side of the screen that you must clear before the other player clears theirs in order to win. You can select tiles from either conveyor belt to match with a tile from your formation. You only need to be faster at clearing your formation then your opponent to win. However for this particular trophy, you don't need to win, you only need to play 50 multiplayer games online. This is most easily done by boosting. Create a private game and choose a small and simple formation, invite a friend and play until this trophy is achieved. You can also get this trophy by searching for opponents and playing against them. The choice is up to you. This trophy can be done over time; you do not have to play all 50 games in one sitting. The game keeps track of your wins and losses as well.
Didn’t Buy a Clue
Complete an entire Tale without using the Hint Button
This trophy is referring to Ancient Tales Mode, which is kind of like the Story mode of the game. There are 5 Tales in the game, and each Tale has 9 levels in it. You need to go through all 9 levels in any one Tale without ever using the Hint Button for help. This is most easily achieved on the very first Tale, because all of the formations in that Tale are fairly simple to beat. It's also good to pay attention to the Golden Yin and Yang symbols that are placed within each level. If you can match those two together, it will automatically beat the level, regardless of how many tiles are left on the board. Note that most of the time, the two tiles will be buried underneath many other tiles, and sometimes on opposite ends of the board.
Complete all Levels in ‘Motion’ Mode
This trophy is about as explanatory as it gets. There are no hidden agendas, nothing at all you need to worry about aside beating all 45 levels in Motion Mode. This can be done in multiple sittings, meaning you can exit the game and come back to it later and beat it at a different time. As soon as you beat the final level of Motion Mode, you will achieve this bronze. For tips on how Motion Mode is played, refer to my description for the trophy 'Who Needs Sleep?'.
I Don’t Need No Stinking Power-Ups
Complete ‘Motion’ Mode without using ‘Bomb’, ‘Cannon’, ‘Ice’ and ‘Wild number’ Power-Ups
This trophy is one of the most frustrating ones in the game and is highly regarded as the toughest one to achieve in Mahjong Tales. But with some practice, and my tips you should be able to get it. First of all I will say, if you are a beginner, save this trophy for last. I recommend you go through all of Ancient Tales mode, all of Infinity mode, and also go through Motion mode at least once to get the other trophies and to get a feel of the differences you will encounter in this game mode. You have to beat all 45 levels of Motion Mode without using some of the more beneficial Power-Ups it has to offer. As stated in the XMB description, you can not use Bomb, Ice, Cannon or Wild Number at all. If you even accidentally click on Wild Number it will activate and you must start over. Also make sure you read my list of Power-Up descriptions in the game overview section at the top before reading any further.
Now, on to some tips to make it through this grueling task. It specifies those 4 Power-Ups because those are the only ones you can't use. This means you can use the other 4 as much as possible. Those other 4 are Hammer, Extra Life, Magic Wand and Rainbow Tile. I can not stress enough to use these power-ups, because they will honestly save you a lot of times in the latter levels. Please refer to Magic Wand description again to learn how to properly manipulate this power-up. You will need to employ this method to be successful. I will also say that Rainbow Tile is definately different than Wild Number, it is definately okay to use, and it will also help you tremendously. Personally I didn't even use a single power-up except Extra Life until about level 22, when the formations you encounter start getting very large and complex. You CAN die and still be eligible for this trophy, so as long as you get every Extra Life you see, you should have plenty of tries. When you get far enough into Motion Mode, you will start encountering tiles that have a vertical piece of bamboo on them. These are locked tiles, and if you use the identical tile on it, it will only remove the piece of bamboo and the tile will remain for you to match again. In my opinion, this is the best place to use the Hammer. If you use it on a regular tile, chances are the matching one will make itself available to you through the conveyor or from uncovering tiles on the main game board. *You CAN NOT touch the restricted power ups even with a hammer or you WILL NOT get the trophy for not using power ups. You must leave these tiles alone. I have several friends who got screwed because they destroyed the forbidden tiles.* (submitted and credit to skippycue for this useful advice!) Use the Dump tile function as often as possible, because this is essentially a free way to continuously get rid of tiles. Use it accordingly to your situation. If you have many gaps on the conveyor, or are steadily keeping it from getting closer to the dragon, then Dump a tile on the game board. If you have a lot of tiles on the conveyor, than dump one of the unneeded tiles from there to buy yourself some time. I can't stress enough that efficiency is key here. The last 5 levels of this mode are huge, and it's very easy to get overwhelmed. Another little hint you can use is pausing the game. If you start to get backed up on the conveyor to where the tiles are scrolling up the screen on the left side of the board, you can pause the game to better assess the situation. Keep in mind that this will only help you sparingly, because a pause menu box comes up in the middle of the screen, so you can only see tiles on the far edges of the game board. However you can see all tiles on the conveyor. The best way to utilize this, is to memorize a few problematic tiles from the middle of the game board, then pause the game to look for matches on the conveyor. You won't always find what you are looking for, so unpause, memorize a few more, repause and find those matches. You want the matches to come from the conveyor so it gives you more time. And remember, if the dragon burns you it's ok! Unless of course it is your last life....
I'm not going to blow smoke at you; if you can't play this game very well, or at least with a decent amount of speed, this trophy will be very hard for you to achieve. But if you practice enough to get good, and use these tips you shouldn't have that much of a problem. Now I have been informing you of trophies in Motion Mode that you can exit the game and come back to later to achieve for a reason. I have been told that you can quit and come back later to this trophy. MY personal experience is a different story. The one time I tried accomplishing this trophy, I was playing through it all on the same day. When I got to level 41/45 the power went out in my apartment for about 30 minutes. When power was restored I came back to the game and finished it, and I did not receive the trophy. I'm going to go back before I publish this guide and go for it once more, but needless to say I was disgusted and haven't tried since. Including a few small breaks, and subtracting the time my power was out, it took me about 7 1/2 hours to finish this mode. I only died a few times as well, so I only had to replay a couple levels. I was told that the power going out in the middle of my game caused my save state to mess up, but I don't believe it. The game wasn't saving, and it started me on the same level I was at when the power went out. This leads me to believe that you must do this all in one sitting. If anyone who has this trophy can confirm differently I will edit my guide with credit to you.
Quick on the Draw
Make 5 Quick Matches in-a-row
This trophy is fairly easy to get, and can be achieved from any of the 3 Game Modes and Multiplayer. However, it is easier to get this on an Infinity Mode formation that has a lot of open tiles right off the bat. To make a quick match, you must make one match, and then another before the fireworks display from the first match is gone. Once you do this 5 times in a row you will get the trophy. You can play through the game normally, and once you get good enough you will get this trophy. Or you can pick a large Infinity formation with a lot of open tiles, and just find 5 or 6 matches and pick them all one right after another. Once you do this, the bronze is yours!
*For Quick on the Draw, the easiest way to get this is to take your time matching 5 sets of tiles, then just undo 5 times and do it again more quickly. It's easier because now you know where the matches will be immediately and you should be able to match them quickly!* (credit to skippycue for this advice!)
Complete all Tales in ‘Ancient Tales’ Mode
For this trophy, you need to beat all 5 Tales in the Ancient Tales game mode. There are 9 levels in each Tale, so this is a total of 45 levels you must complete. The levels are very easy to begin with, and get harder and more complex as you progress. If you want to make this go a little faster, locate the Golden Yin and Yang tiles and work on clearing the surrounding tiles so you can match those two. Matching those two tiles will automatically beat the level you are on, and the Golden Yin and Yang tiles can be found on every single level in Ancient Tales mode.
Score 2500 remaining tiles points in one ‘Ancient Tales’ level
This is another trophy that must be achieved in Ancient Tales game mode. You score 'remaining tiles points' by finding the Golden Yin and Yang tiles and matching them together while there are other tiles still on the board. Like I said previously, the Golden tiles will automatically complete the level regardless of how many tiles you have left. For all the tiles left on the board, you will score points for having tiles remaining. You only get about 10 points for each tile remaining, so in order to get 2500 points you must play a very large formation and find the Golden tiles fairly quickly. There isn't necessarily a 'best' level to achieve this on but there are some things you can do to help you get as many points as possible. First of all, if you watch the formation before you play the level the game animates it building from the bottom to the top. In most levels the Golden tiles will be buried under many other tiles. But if you watch the formation build you can find out exactly where the Golden tiles are located in every level. So then you have a good idea of where you want to start matching from. Stick to only matching tiles that will get you closer to the Golden tiles, unless you have to match one from another place on the board to get closer. Eventually you will get to a point where the tiles blocking your progress won't have any matches on the board, and you will HAVE to match other tiles to try and find the tiles you need. When doing this, use the Undo button (which is circle on your controller) if you match tiles that lead you nowhere. This way you can only match tiles that you need to in order to get closer to the Golden tiles. If you employ these tactics you will eventually get this trophy when playing through the Tales. If you have already gone through the Tales, take this advice and search for a board where there are a lot of tiles but is relatively easy to get to the Golden tiles. I would work backwards on the list, because the last levels have the most tiles in them.
Complete an ‘Ancient Tales’ Layout in less than 2 minutes
This trophy is best achieved in the first Tale, where the formations are smaller than in other Tales. At the top of the screen there is a timer that you can use to check yourself. You want to clear the layout as fast as possible, because even on the easiest levels 2 minutes is pushing it. You should practice on the smallest, and easiest level that suits your skill, and work as fast as possible making matches. Remember, finding the Golden tiles will end the level immediately so getting these uncovered is beneficial in obtaining this trophy as well. However don't spend unnecessary time on this if you have matches elsewhere. Sooner or later the Golden tiles will make themselves available. You want to move as quickly as you possibly can when going for this trophy. Level 1-1 in Ancient Tales is the simplest level of them all, so practicing on this level will probably suit most players best. Keep working at it and once you get good enough at the game you will get this trophy.
Win 5 Network games in-a-row
This trophy is very simple if you know how to read. And if you are reading this guide, well then it's pretty easy to explain! You have to win 5 multiplayer online games in a row. Simple as that. This trophy can be easily boosted with a friend. You can set up a Private Match, invite your friend, and have him/her let you win 5 games in a row. Or you can get it the regular way after becoming pretty good at the game. But honestly, I would suggest boosting because it is very hard to find someone online now. Just remember, it's only fair to help the other person boost their trophy too!
Win 25 Network games
Another trophy that is very self explanatory. To get this bronze, you must win 25 online Multiplayer games throughout the course of your gaming. You don't have to do these wins all at once. The game keeps track of your wins and losses, however it doesn't let you see your record. Just keep playing online games until you win 25 and watch the trophy Ding! You can use the same boosting method I explained in 'The Gunslinger' description directly above this one.
Why Stop With Just One?
Complete a single Tale in ‘Ancient Tales’ Mode
This trophy is obtained in Ancient Tales Mode. You will achieve this trophy after completing the first Tale. It consists of 9 stages, and the other Tales aren't available to play until you beat preceding one. Remember, finding the Golden Yin and Yang tiles will automatically finish a stage, regardless of how many other tiles are left on the board. This can help you progress through this mode much faster.