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Top Rated Kindle Games Now Available on Kindle Touch

It took awhile to make any of the Kindle games available for the Kindle Touch, but now, many of the most popular ones are compatible with it.  I am excited about not having worry about overusing the toggle button to navigate the games.  For more detailed, first hand reviews on Kindle games, check out the Kindle Apps Review blog.  There are a few that I really like that I think are worth downloading.

Jewels is a gem matching game that is popular on many mobile devices.  It goes well wtih the Kindle Touch because all you have to do is drag the shapes to the matching ones.  I admit that it can be more challenging to play on a black and white screen, but the shapes have patterns that help distinguish them from each other.

Battleship was one of my favorite childhood games.  The Kindle edition includes several versions of the hit game.  I like the portable nature of it because you don’t have to worry about pieces.  You can play with either the Kindle or another human player.  The basic object of Battleship remains the same: blow up your opponent’s ships before they blow up yours.

Mahjong Solitaire includes a stack of tiles.  You have to remove the top layer of tiles before you can use the tiles underneath.  There are a number of types of tile sets to choose from.  The tiles are kind of small, but I feel like the graphics work well with the size screen that the game has to work with.

The Electronic Arts games are the most complex Kindle games as far as design goes, and Solitaire is no exception.  Learn how to play different versions of Solitaire, or pass the time with the old traditional version that everyone seems to know how to play.

Bubble Pop is one of the newest Kindle games, and to me, is one of the best ones designed for the Kindle Touch.  All you have to do is pop matching bubbles.  It is a really mindless, but addicting game.

To win Slingo, the ultimate goal is to eliminate all of the numbers on the board.  The board is set up like Bingo, with reels at the bottom.  With each spin, you try to match up a number from the reel with one on the board.  It is a fun game, and the Kindle version is a real hit.

In order to find out whether your favorite game is compatible with the Kindle Touch, take a look at the link under the game’s price that says “Available for these devices.”  If it is available for the Kindle Touch, it will be listed on there.  Games are being updated constantly, so check back often if you don’t see it on the list right away.

Daily Deals: History Books by Stephen E. Ambrose and Mahjong Solitaire

Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West Today only Amazon offer three top-rated American history books from the inimitable historian Stephen E. Ambrose are just $1.99 each.

A biography of Meriwether Lewis that relies heavily on the journals of both Lewis and Clark, this book is also backed up by the author’s personal travels along Lewis and Clark’s route to the Pacific. Ambrose is not content to simply chronicle the events of the “Corps of Discovery” as the explorers called their ventures. He often pauses to assess the military leadership of Lewis and Clark, how they negotiated with various native peoples and what they reported to Jefferson. Though the expedition failed to find Jefferson’s hoped for water route to the Pacific, it fired interest among fur traders and other Americans, changing the face of the West forever.

Review:

Ambrose has written prolifically about men who were larger than life: Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Colonel Custer. Here he takes on half of the two-headed hero of American exploration: Meriwether Lewis. Ambrose, his wife and five children have followed the footsteps of the Lewis and Clark expedition for 20 summers, in the course of which the explorer has become a friend of the Ambrose family; the author’s affection shines through this narrative. Meriwether Lewis, as secretary to Thomas Jefferson and living in the White House for two years, got his education by being apprenticed to a great man. Their friendship is at the center of this account. Jefferson hand-picked Lewis for the great cross-country trek, and Lewis in turn picked William Clark to accompany him. The two men shook hands in Clarksville, Ohio, on October 14, 1803, then launched their expedition. The journals of the expedition, most written by Clark, are one of the treasures of American history. Here we learn that the vital boat is behind schedule; the boat builder is always drunk, but he’s the only one available. Lewis acts as surveyor, builder and temperance officer in his effort to get his boat into the river. Alcohol continues to cause him problems both with the men of his expedition and later, after his triumphant return, in his own life, which ended in suicide at the age of 35. Without adding a great deal to existing accounts, Ambrose uses his skill with detail and atmosphere to dust off an icon and put him back on the trail west. History Book Club main selection; BOMC split selection; QPB alternate; author tour.  —-Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of GermanyStephen E. Ambrose combines history and journalism to describe how American GIs battled their way to the Rhineland. He focuses on the combat experiences of ordinary soldiers, as opposed to the generals who led them, and offers a series of compelling vignettes that read like an enterprising reporter’s dispatches from the front lines. The book presents just enough contextual material to help readers understand the big picture, and includes memorable accounts of the Battle of the Bulge and other events as seen through the weary eyes of the men who fought in the foxholes. Highly recommended for fans of Ambrose, as well as all readers interested in understanding the life of a 1940s army grunt. A sort of sequel to Ambrose’s bestselling 1994 book D-DayCitizen Soldiers is more than capable of standing on its own.

Review:

Military historian and author Ambrose offers a sequel to his best seller, D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II (LJ 5/1/94). A skillful blending of eyewitness accounts (gathered mostly from the oral history collection at the Univ. of New Orleans’s Eisenhower Center and from personal interviews) gives the reader an intimate feel of what war was like for infantrymen in the European theater of operations?from the beaches of France to victory at the Elbe River. Additional chapters on the air war, medics, and prisoners of war offer firsthand accounts on topics rarely described in traditional histories. The book complements Paul Fussell’s Doing Battle: The Making of a Skeptic (LJ 8/96) and Michael Daubler’s Closing with the Enemy: How G.I.’s Fought the War in Europe, 1944-45 (Univ. of Kansas, 1994). This well-written oral history would also make an excellent general text. Highly recommended for all library collections. —-Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Crazy Horse and Custer: The Parallel Lives of Two American WarriorsMilitary historian Ambrose examines the connections between the Indian chief and the cavalry officer who fought at Little Bighorn. —-Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review:

“Movingly told and well written . . . a fine  contribution, one that will be read with pleasure and  admiration by general reader, student and scholar  alike. Ambrose has breathed new life into the  familiar facts.”–Library  Journal
“An epic and accurate retelling  of one of our country’s most tragic  periods.”–Baltimore Sun

Product Description

On the sparkling morning of June 25, 1876, 611 men of the United States 7th Cavalry rode toward the banks of the Little Bighorn in the Montana Territory, where 3,000 Indians stood waiting for battle. The lives of two great warriors would soon be forever linked throughout history: Crazy Horse, leader of the Oglala Sioux, and General George Armstrong Custer. Both were men of aggression and supreme courage. Both became leaders in their societies at very early ages; both were stripped of power, in disgrace, and worked to earn back the respect of  their people. And to both of them, the unspoiled grandeur of the Great Plains of North America was an irresistible challenge. Their parallel lives would pave the way, in a manner unknown to either, for an inevitable clash between two nations fighting for possession of the open prairie.

From the Publisher

On the sparkling morning of June 25, 1876, 611 men of the United States 7th Cavalry rode toward the banks of the Little Bighorn in the Montana Territory, where 3,000 Indians stood waiting for battle. The lives of two great warriors would soon be forever linked throughout history: Crazy Horse, leader of the Oglala Sioux, and General George Armstrong Custer. Both were men of aggression and supreme courage. Both became leaders in their societies at very early ages; both were stripped of power, in disgrace, and worked to earn back the respect of their people. And to both of them, the unspoiled grandeur of the Great Plains of North America was an irresistible challenge. Their parallel lives would pave the way, in a manner unknown to either, for an inevitable clash between two nations fighting for possession of the open prairie. ”Movingly told and well written . . . a fine contribution, one that will be read with pleasure and admiration by general reader, student and scholar alike. Ambrose has breathed new life into the familiar facts.”–Library Journal
“An epic and accurate retelling of one of our country’s most tragic periods.”–Baltimore Sun

From the Inside Flap

On the sparkling morning of June 25, 1876, 611  men of the United States 7th Cavalry rode toward the  banks of the Little Bighorn in the Montana  Territory, where 3,000 Indians stood waiting for battle.  The lives of two great warriors would soon be  forever linked throughout history: Crazy Horse, leader  of the Oglala Sioux, and General George Armstrong  Custer. Both were men of aggression and supreme  courage. Both became leaders in their societies at  very early ages; both were stripped of power, in  disgrace, and worked to earn back the respect of  their people. And to both of them, the unspoiled  grandeur of the Great Plains of North America was an  irresistible challenge. Their parallel lives would  pave the way, in a manner unknown to either, for  an inevitable clash between two nations fighting  for possession of the open  prairie.From the Back Cover
“Movingly told and well written . . . a fine contribution, one that will be read with pleasure and admiration by general reader, student and scholar alike. Ambrose has breathed new life into the familiar facts.”–Library Journal
“An epic and accurate retelling of one of our country’s most tragic periods.”–Baltimore Sun

About the Author

Stephen E. Ambrose, leading World War II historian, was the author of numerous books on history including the Number 1 bestselling BAND OF BROTHERS, D-DAY (on which SAVING PRIVATE RYAN was based) PEGASUS BRIDGE and WILD BLUE. He is founder of the Eisenhower Center and the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans. He died in 2002.
Mahjong Solitaire - Classic Mahjong Strategy Puzzle Game
Mahjong Solitaire  is the Classic Mahjong Strategy Puzzle Game
Immerse yourself in the classic puzzle game of Mahjong Solitaire. Challenge yourself to clear the board as fast as possible and see if you can resist the addictive lure to play again and again.

Mahjong Matching Madness

Mahjong Solitaire is a matching game played with 144 Mahjong tiles arranged in layered patterns. Mahjong Solitaire – Classic Mahjong Strategy Puzzle Game includes more than 20 levels of complexity and five levels of difficulty: Easy, Medium, Hard, Crazy, and Insane.
Your goal is to clear all the tiles from the board as quickly as possible. To clear tiles, tap the first tile in the pair you want to remove and then tap the second tile. If the pair is a match, it will be cleared from the board. Only tiles that are not covered by other tiles and are free on either side can be cleared. Each successful match awards you 25 points. You can see your score, time, and moves left as you play.

Shuffles, Undos, and Stars

If no matching pairs are available, the board is automatically shuffled. If you make a mistake, simply tap the Undo button. Every shuffle and every undo will lower your score by 50 points.
In Career mode, try to get three stars by completing boards quickly and without using any shuffles or undos. The faster you clear a board, the more likely you are to be awarded the coveted three stars.

Wild Tiles: Seasons and Flowers

Season and flower tiles (four each) are unique in that they do not require an exact match; rather, they can be matched with any other tile of their same type. In other words, season tiles can be matched with season tiles and flower tiles with flower tiles. You can see what these tiles look like in the app’s Help section.
Mahjong Solitaire – Classic Mahjong Strategy Puzzle Game provides hours of challenging entertainment for the whole family.

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.

 

 

 

Mahjong Solitaire for Kindle

On December 1st, a new Kindle game called Mahjong Solitaire was released by a company called Mobigloo. They recently released a game called Next that has pretty good reviews.

The goal of Mahjong Solitaire is to clear tiles from the board by matching them up. The only tiles you can match are “free” tiles that don’t have any tiles beside or on top of them. You win by clearing the whole board and lose if there are tiles left that can’t be matched.

The game includes two sets of tiles you can choose from. One reviewer suggests that you choose the one with numbers and letters on them. They are easier to use because the other choice of tiles was designed for a color screen.

As with most of the other Kindle games, Mahjong Solitaire includes a “hint” feature, as well as the ability to undo plays that you don’t want to go through. The game tracks your time and the number of matching pairs you achieve. It includes 10 different board selections, and within those selections there are a great number of games to choose from.

So far, there are only 4 reviews, but the game is new so I’m sure there will be plenty more to come. Reviews are good overall, with nothing under 4 stars. The most common criticism was that the tiles were hard to move with the toggle button. However, this is not a deal breaker. I’m sure Mobigloo will take this under advisement for future improvements on the game.

A couple of notes from the reviewers:

Olga Bezhanova:

“The graphics are beautiful. Every tile is very distinct. I only play the traditional version because that’s what I’m used to. Still, even though there are no colors, I have no problem distinguishing the tiles. During the first couple of games one needs to figure out how to move the pointer to reach the tiles you need, but then you get the hang of it very fast and it becomes very easy to play. There are 10 different layouts to experiment with, so the game never gets boring.:

Books on the Knob:

“I’ve already played thru one game on the “easy” tileset (letters and numbers, rather than the traditional mahjong characters) and it works pretty well (the tiles are sometimes tricky to get to, as you only stop on a playable tile and only have up/down and left/right movement on the Kindle). There are ten different layouts, so between those and the traditional tiles, I suspect I’ll spend many hours playing this one.”

The great thing is that Mahjong Solitaire works on the Kindle 2 in addition to the Kindle 3 and Kindle DX. That should be a relief to the 2nd Generation Kindle users.