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Best of 2011 Editors’ Picks for Kindle Games

2011 is drawing to a close, and it certainly has been a great year for Kindle games and applications.  To celebrate the success of top rated Kindle games, there is a $.99 sale going on under the name Best of 2011 Editors Picks.  In the list of 25 games, the ones that were picked mostly didn’t come as a surprise, however there were some not on there that I thought should be.

Electronic Arts games such as Scrabble, Sudoku, and Monopoly are usually around $4 or $5, so this is a pretty steep discount for them.  All of these games are adaptations of the traditional board games and puzzles.  You should catch on to the way they work pretty easily if you are familiar with how to navigate Kindle games in general.

Other hit games up for grabs at a discounted price are Jewels, Slingo and Strimko.  All of these have great reviews and are easy to learn.  Jewels is a Kindle version of the popular game Bejeweled. All you have to do is match up different shaped jewels before the time runs out or before you run out of matches.  Slingo is a combination of Bingo and Slots.  Strimko is Sudoku with an added element called streams.

The list of Kindle games for kids has grown tremendously this year, and a couple of the best ones are Hangman 4 Kids and Spongebob’s Treasure Quest.  There are a number of games and interactive fiction for kids that are good, but they are not on the list.  Interactive fiction is a genre that is continuing to grow, and includes books that are great for both kids and adults.

In addition to games, there are also applications that can aid in productivity like Notepad, Calendar, and Easy Calculator.  These aren’t really much of a sale because they are usually around $.99 anyway, but they serve their purpose well.

Lastly, for those who are looking for an inexpensive exercise program, check out My Yoga Studio.  It includes several yoga routines that cover most parts of the body.

I was really surprised that Futoshiki and Blossom were not on the list.  Those two games have shown some of the best reviews of all of the Kindle games.  Futoshiki is Sudoku with < and > signs mixed in, and Blossom is a pipe irrigation puzzle game.

For more detailed reviews on each of these games and apps, visit the Kindle-Apps review blog.  Again, as far as the sale goes, I think it that this is the best time to get the more expensive EA games.  They are good quality, and are all games that have been around for a long time in some form or another.

Most games are compatible with Kindles up to the 4th generation. There are not many games for the Kindle Touch yet, just because the interface is so different.  But, with time, that will change.

Halloween Games for Kindle

I was browsing the list of popular games that are currently available on the Kindle, and noticed that several of the old favorites are featuring Halloween editions.  What a great idea to add holiday editions to the rapidly growing Kindle game collection.  Hope to see some others come up as the holiday season approaches.

The original edition of Blossom is a pipe connection game where you connect a series of pipes to irrigate flowers from a watering can in the center of the grid.  The Halloween edition is the same thing, but instead of irrigating flowers, you’re irrigating pumpkins with potion from a witch’s pot.  Make sure you don’t leave out any flowers, I mean pumpkins, or the level won’t be complete.  If you get stuck, don’t worry, there are hints available to help you out.

Futoshiki is one of the highest rated games on the Kindle.  The game consists of a Sudoku grid, but with a twist.  Futoshiki includes greater than and less than symbols between the numbers.  Don’t let these intimidate you, they can actually be quite helpful in solving the grids. Futoshiki Halloween Edition is the same fun puzzle game, but instead of a basic grid, you’re playing in a graveyard.  Watch out for the zombies lurking around!

Mahjong Solitaire is a fun, addicting tile matching game.  The tiles are stacked up in stairstep fashion, and you must match the upper level tiles before revealing the ones underneath.  The tiles have basic shapes and dots on them.  The Mahjong Solitaire Halloween Edition has a few pumpkins, scary faces and cauldrons and more floating around.  The Kindle’s black and white platform is such a natural fit for graphics like these.

Ultimate Halloween Quiz joins the collection of trivia games for Kindle.  They include nature, math, literature, movies, music and more.  The Halloween edition includes topics related to Halloween (obviously) that include horror movies, scary books, Halloween history, and other miscellaneous scary questions.  The questions can either be answers all at once, or in rounds of 10.  What a fun activity for families!  A Halloween themed trivia night perhaps?

All of these games are great for all ages, and are for the most part, quite inexpensive.  They include easier levels for kids and beginners, and provide a good challenge for adults.  More in depth reviews coming soon on the Kindle Apps Blog.

All of these games are compatible with the newest version of the Kindle.

 

 

 

Blossom

Blossom is an interesting puzzle game. You connect pipes and rotate tiles so that you can water your flowers. The Kindle platform works well for this kind of puzzle game because it is on a grid. Your goal is to connect all pipes to the watering can so that your garden can be irrigated.

There are 120 puzzles to choose from and you can choose levels of difficulty ranging from easy to expert. Blossom is the classic computer puzzle game. You’ll be navigating through twists and turns all over the “garden.” The flowers bloom when you connect them to the water supply. Watch how they bloom differently depending on what end you connect them to.

Gotta love those addictive games that don’t require too much brain power…

Jody

“Connecting the pipes and flowers to the watering can in Blossom is a nice balance between easy and challenging. It’s involving without requiring too much brain power and it’s possible to spend way too much time playing without realizing it. The five-way button on the Kindle is a satisfactory game control, though it’s easy to hit the wrong button and pause the game. That’s OK. I love this game!

Pluses: The game keeps track of time elapsed. A hopelessly fouled up game can be reset, and once all 120 games are played it’s possible to go back and replay.

Minuses: Color would be nice, but we’ll have to wait for the Color Kindle for that. ”

The following review is a good suggestion for future updates to Blossom.

Anniepoo

“The game only uses the 5 way pad and the space bar to continue after completing a puzzle. I suggest to the developers that the game would be improved by combining the game time screen with the completed puzzle … maybe just add the total time under the flower field … and ask the player to click the 5 way to continue instead of the space bar … it is just soooo much effort to move my thumb ;-)”

So, great game, and quite reasonable at around two bucks. The Kindle game collection has certainly grown over the the last year or so. I love seeing old computer game favorites being added to the Kindle so that they can be enjoyed on the go.