5 in a row

If you are looking for a simple, no brainer kind of game, 5 in a row is your game. There is also a built in version called Gomoku that is on the Kindle 2 and 3. You can press either alt+shift+m or g.

The object of 5 in a row is to get your game pieces: “x” or “o” all lined up either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. By default you are “x”, and you will always go first. There are three difficulty levels: easy, medium, and hard all determine how accurate the A1 moves are. So, the harder the difficulty level, the more fine tuned the Kindle’s moves will be.

To me, the thing that puts 5 in a row above the built in version is the graphics. They’re bigger and easier to see. Another difference is that there are three difficulty levels in 5 in a row as opposed to one in the other one.

I thought the game was okay, and the simplistic nature fit the object of the game. The easy level is a good warm up. It is easy to win, but it also teaches you strategies. The 5 in a row direction that I usually forgot about was the diagonal direction. So, the Kindle did manage to get me there.

I wish there was a smoother way to fill in the blanks. My 5-way toggle selection was all over the place. This might be better on newer Kindles though. With that said, you use the 5-way toggle button to navigate to the square you want, and to select it.

5 in a row did not get good reviews. I think the two major things that it could use are bigger graphics and an option to play a human instead of the Kindle. Otherwise, it is just a simple, time filler game.

5 in a row is available on the latest generation Kindle, as well as older models.

Ed Pegg

“My first game was on Easy. The computer opponent played over in the corner, far away from my stones, and I got 5 in a row right off. “Uh-oh,” I thought.

But on Hard, it took me over a hundred moves to win in my first try.

5 in a row, go-moku, renju, gobang, pente, caro, omok are all variants. This does not use the Pente rule (capping a line of two opponent stones captures them). This does not seem to use the “three and three” rule either (two simultaneous lines of three forbidden). This seems to be a pure 5-in-a-row game.”

KenKen Vol. 1

KenKen Vol. 1 is a logic puzzle similar to Sudoku, but it has a lot more factors involve that make it more challenging.

There are four difficulty levels: easy, medium, hard, and expert.  The puzzle grids get bigger and bigger. So far I’ve completed some 3 x 3 grids and am working on a 4×4 grid.  The grid size doesn’t reflect on the difficulty level necessarily.  I saw some easy puzzles that consisted of an 8×8 grid.

The size of the grid determines what numbers you’ll use.  So for a 3×3 grid, you’ll just use 1-3.  Numbers repeat horizontally or vertically.  There are also sections within the grid that are called cages.  In these cages you’ll see a mathematical symbol along with a number.  So, if therre is a 10+, all of the numbers in the cage have to add up to 10.  So, just an extra bit of puzzle fun to be had.

This game is a lot more interesting than basic Sudoku games.  the graphics are very clear and easy to see.  You can annotate the squares before you make your final decision on what number to puz in.  they’ll show up as tiny numbers.  Navigation is through the Kindle’s 5-way toggle button.  The cages are well highlighted, so you can’t miss them.

There are a ton of Sudoku and other similar games out there for Kindle.  I think for the mos part they’re all worth checking out.

KenKen Vol. 1 has excellent reviews.  the game fits well into the look and feel of the Kindle and does a good job of guiding the user throughout each level.

speakfriend

“I learned how to do ken-ken in the Reader’s Digest. This version is great, because you can easily put notes in the squares, keeping track of all the possibilities. The sudoku game I bought for my kindle was difficult to use, but this is fabulously easy. I bought it a week ago, and I have completed almost all the puzzles. Now I am going back and redoing the ones I used clues to finish, trying to get a star! When will we get Vol. 2? I can’t wait!”

delta

“I love how comprehensive Kenken is; there are so many levels to prepare you to the ultimate toughest level. I enjoy the challenge very much. The paper look of Kindle help creating the ‘classic and important’ feeling to the game. I’m addicted to the game soon enough, promising myself to solve all the puzzles. Thumbs up for the game! “

Anywhere Spreadsheet

I’m impressed with the quality and features in Anywhere Spreadsheet.  It isn’t as powerful as Microsoft Excel, but it includes built in templates, and allows customizations.  The biggest perk is the portability.

As far as power goes, you have to consider the platform the application is working on.  However, the newer Kindle models are boasting some pretty powerful processors these days.

Anywhere Spreadsheet has tools that can help you calculate various things like sale price, temperature conversion, tips, BMI, and more.  Just select “tools” from the menu.

This amazing tool also includes templates for lists and logs that track weight, groceries, running time, and even chores.  Good for those who go everywhere with their Kindles.  Spreadsheets keep the logs a lot more organized than the standard list.

The menu options are huge font size wise, which makes them so much easier to navigate.  The navigation is done with the 5-way toggle button.  If you open a new blank spreadsheet, all you have to do is select the cell you want to fill in and type the information.  It will fill in at the top, but once you’re finished, it will fill the cell you selected.  This threw me off at first, but it is a good idea because there’s more space to write above the cells.

You can also download small CSV files via USB cable into Anywhere Spreadsheet.  Maybe in the future the system will be powerful enough to support downloads from Excel files themselves.  For more information and how to access imported CSV files, click the “Import” section in the main menu.

Nickel Buddy is primarily known for its exercise collection.  I was surprised to see a spreadsheet from them, but it is their best Kindle app so far.  At least from a graphics standpoint.

Rodney B. Rich

” would like to see enhancements such as sorting and better (more extensive) cell formatting tools but hey, this is on a Kindle which makes this tool already pretty amazing! I can’t wait to see where they go with this app in future releases.

Like I said, not a full blown spreadsheet like Excel, but it has real potential and gets the job done for many tasks. Not at all bad for being on a non-adroid e-reader! I love my Kindle 🙂 ”

Javisan60

“In a word incredible portability and a really usefull, you can make from notes, contacts, to calculations….! I will say it is a big step forward for the Kindle apps.”

Math Star

Math Star is an excellent game for both kids and adults.  I never was a math person, but it was good to have a refresher.

The thing that impressed me the most about this game is the graphics.  Every Kindle game developer should take note of how clear, big, and easy to see everything was.  The only drawback was having to use the keyboard.  Since the keys are so small, sometimes it was hard to press the right shortcut quickly enough.

Math Star begins with an introduction by Professor Plank.  He’s a goofy looking old man who guides you through all of the different games and other math questions.  Math Star calculates the difficulty level by your age.  At 27, I got double digit addition and subtraction problems.  You have to unlock the multiplication and division problems once you complete the addition and subtraction ones.

Once you get into the menu, there are several options to select.  You can choose to play the main game which is a larger set of addition and subtraction problems.  Or, you can play quick games that consist of ten questions.  They’re all timed, so you have to move quickly.  I suggest acclimating yourself with the keyboard before you start.  I messed up a few times before I got the hang of it and was able to move quickly.

You’ll be using the keyboard a lot for Math Star.  That is good because it doesn’t over tax the Kindle’s 5-way toggle button.  The keys they have you select are pretty logical, just running down the keyboard vertically.  So you aren’t going all over it to select your answers.

I love that there are fun, interactive math learning tools like Math Star out there.  It can go a long way in getting kids to learn math, who otherwise wouldn’t.

Puzzle.tv also has a spelling equivalent to Math Star called Spelling Star.  It is set up the same way.  Other math games for Kindle are Ultimate Math Skills Quiz and Flash Cards: Basic Math for Kids.

KValentino

“This game is GREAT for kids and adults! It bases your starting level on your age and allows you to move up from there. My 6 year old has fun with addition and subtraction games with one caveat: the game developer(s) have included a timer for each game at each level. For the younger players this is VERY stressful while they’re still learning. I would recommend that a “relaxed game” mode be incorporated as an upgrade for this game. After all, it’s supposed to be a learning game…give the kiddies time to think instead of the pressure of a timer (at least at the lower levels). Otherwise this is a GREAT game! “

Ghostboy and the Nameless Grave

Ghostboy and the Nameless Grave is an interactive fiction Kindle book for kids.  The black and white e-ink screen fits the mood of the book really well.  It is written in an easy style that kids can understand and enjoy.

The book is set up kind of like a comic book with the cartoon like graphics.  You get to choose a character that is male or female with any name you want.  Your character is Tristan’s (Ghostboy) best friend.

Along the way, you get to answer questions that determine the direction the story will go.  It doesn’t really affect the outcome overall, but it gives you choices to explore extra parts if you want.

Tristan and his mom live in an old house that is said to be haunted by an old lady.  Boy, the front door is scary.  Good thing Tristan has a camper to retreat to.

With the help of his friend Miranda and your character, Tristan sets off to help the ghost girl who is lost and needs to find her parents.  Tristan checks out a book on ghosts from the library.  It was funny to see the librarian with a bun and glasses.  That’s the age old stereotype for librarians.

Ghostboy is a great book for Halloween.  You and your child can have a lot of fun together solving riddles and answer the questions.  The interactive nature of the book gives you the nudge to pay attention to the details.  Some will show up later so it is helpful to remember them.

The book does a good job with telling you how to get through each section.  Use the Kindle’s next page button to go through the book.  When you need to select answers, use the toggle button.  You’ll need to use the keyboard to solve riddles and fill in the blank questions.

The only suggestion I have for Ghostboy and the Nameless Grave is to include a font size adjustment.  The text was kind of small.  The graphics may be a bit too spooky for young children.  It is up to the parents to decide on that factor though.

Elizabeth Wood

“My son loved this book! It’s like a combo book/game – too cool. He’s been reading/playing for 3 nights straight, and wants to know if there are any more available. ”

Proud Mom of Two

“This is a great book. My second grader loves it and wants more. It’s a lot of fun.
The reason why I gave it only 4 stars is that I wish the text was a little better quality. I understand it’s not great literature, but I don’t think that only the fun factor should be taken into consideration. That said, I’d buy #2 in a heartbeat! “

Everywhere Exercise

Americans are becoming more and more sedentary because of desk jobs and the lure of the couch and TV.

The good news is that some gadgets like the Kindle are being used as tools to help people get moving.  Everywhere Exercise has some good, simple exercises to do while sitting at the desk, or for the times when you have to sit and wait on something.

Everywhere Exercise includes four categories: Flexibility, Strength, Energy, and Places.

The Flexibility section includes a series of stretches that can be done anywhere.  The menu tells you whether they can be done in a sitting or standing position.

The Strength section is also a set of stretches, but they’re designed to improve strength instead of flexibility.  Going into this section I was really curious about how you can do strength exercises without weights.  But, you’re basically using your body as a form of resistance.  For example, one of the exercises is to pull your feet forward, but without moving them.

The Energy exercises are simple ways to get your heart rate up.  Shuffle or tap your feet while sitting.  Smile really big.  It releases endorphins and feels good.

The Places section is a mix of flexiblity, strength, and energy exercises specifically designed for sitting at the desk, watching TV, or waiting in line.

Log all of your exercises in the Exercise Log, and review the Help section before you begin.  As with any exercise routine, make sure you are physically able to do the routines so that you can prevent injuries.

All of the Kindle’s buttons are used to navigate Everywhere Exercise.  It tells you what keyboard shortcuts you can use.  The back button takes you back to the menu or whatever your previous page was.  Then, of course the 5-way toggle selects all of the options.

Everywhere Exercise is competition for the HandyX exercise routines.  I think the graphics are better in Everywhere Exercise.  The directions are clearer, and the pictures are easier to see.  All of the Kindle exercise apps are good to have because they’re inexpensive and don’t require any extra equipment.

Ed Pegg

“The program is probably meant as competition to My Yoga Studio. Everywhere Exerciser provides 31 exercises, complete with figures and instructions. There are also routines to follow, giving different ranges of exercises, depending on where you happen to be stuck at the time (in line, in a chair, watching TV, …). In addition, each exercise comes with its own timer, and the program can track logs.”

The Little Stick that Could

The Little Stick that Could is a great little interactive Kindle book for kids.  It may be enjoyable for adults, but I beat it pretty quickly.

In the beginning you get introduced to Stick, a young boy who is small, but don’t let his size fool you.  He is more powerful than any other stick person in Woodenton.

Every 100 years, a dragon shows up to terrorize the town.  He is pretty greedy and likes to snatch any shiny or pretty thing in his path.  That includes cute little stick girls like Stick’s girlfriend Sally.

After the dragon makes off with Sally, Stick finds his way to the dragon’s lair. He must navigate the castle first. Along the way, you’ll answer questions and riddle that will determine Stick and Sally’s fate.  Stick acquires the necessary super powers to defeat the dragon.

The language used in The Little Stick that Could is really cute.  The “bad guys” were threatening, but not threatening enough to scare kids.  Perfect for a bedtime read with your child.  I think this interactive book will usher in a future of interactive children’s books.  Interactive Kindle books encourages both children and adults to put their thinking skills to work.

The graphics were clear and easy to see.  All of the characters fit their personalities.  I found them kind of amusing.

Navigation is pretty straightforward. You’ll answer questions throughout the story using “A” or “B” on the Kindle keyboard.  The rest of the navigation is done with the 5-way toggle button.

I haven’t gotten a chance to see what happens if I make other choices yet.  Feel free to chime in if you’ve played The Little Stick that Could and got different results.  I think for the intended audience, it will be a happily ever after ending regardless.

The Little Stick that Could is available on the newest generation Kindle as well as older models.

Benny2391

“The little stick that could is a fun interactive story, in which Stick, the main character, has to go on an epic adventure to save his girl friend Sally, who has been kidnapped by a really mean dragon. Will you save Sally and beat the game? On the way to save Sally you are faced with choices of what to do. What will you choose? Overall this is a pretty good game but it only took me about ten minutes to beat on my first try.”

Trivial Pursuit Master Edition

One of the things that you will definitely notice in EA Kindle games over others is the quality, which makes them a little more expensive.  Trivial Pursuit is no exception.

I thought the Kindle version of Trivial Pursuit was a good game.  The biggest advantage of it over the regular board game is portability.  You don’t have to worry about losing pieces when you travel.

The game includes three modes: Classic, Pursuit, and Pass N’ Play.  The Classic Mode is the same type of thing as the regular board game.  You roll the dice and answer questions in literature, entertainment, science and history.  I am really bad at trivia, but I learned a lot as I went through the questions.

Pursuit is a timed game.  You have to answer quests and get across a board in as few moves as possible before the time runs out.  Work to improve your speed strategies and trivia skills as you race against the clock.

Pass N’ Play is the traditional game, but instead of playing against the Kindle, you can play against family or friends.  I always go for playing against human beings over a computer, don’t you?

The graphics are great, but the subject symbols on the board were a little hard to see.  I take into account that EA has a lot to fit into such a small screen.  I really like that there is a tutorial to guide you.

The reviews overall were not very favorable.  One thing I noticed in several reviews was that Trivial Pursuit focused on a lot of entertainment questions across all subjects.  From what I’ve seen, the questions seem to fit into their respective subjects.

Trivia Pursuit is available on the newest generation Kindle as well as older models.

Jeremy Johnson

“This game works well on the kindle and I enjoyed playing it. Games includes 3 modes; Classic: which is your normal trivial pursuit, you can select if you want a computer opponent to play against and their difficulty as well as how many tokens you need to win. Pursuit Mode: which is a single player mode where you try to get from start to finish in the least amount of questions. You can move 1-6 spaces depending on how quickly you answer and even if you get it wrong you still move 1 space. At the end it gives you 1, 2, or 3 stars depending on how many questions you saw. Pass N play is a group mode that you can play with your friends. In pass n play mode you can still select Classic or Pursuit mode.”

 

Snakes Basic

When I was in high school I was really addicted to this snake game on my Ti-83 calculator.  It was a great diversion in math class.

Now, there is a Kindle version called Snakes Basic.  The e-ink screen is similar to the calculator screen.  But, Snakes Basic is a little more involved than the one I played before.

Snakes Basic is simply a barrier navigation game.  You guide the snake to pellets that are placed on the board.  Every time you grab  a pellet, your snake grows longer, and you get a point.  The game is over when you run into a barrier, a wall or your own tail.  As the snake gets longer, it gets much harder to navigate it around the barriers.

Snakes Basic includes three levels: easy, medium, and hard.  The harder the game, the faster the snake moves, and the more barriers you have to dodge.  In the medium and hard levels I went around the pellet so many times that it drove me nuts.  I kept going in circles because the snake was moving too fast for me to position it correctly.  It definitely works your reflexes

Graphic wise, Snakes Basic has its good parts and others that need some improvement.  I thought the snake was too small.  Especially when it is shorter.  I couldn’t even find it at first because in addition to being small, it is very light.  The board set up is easy to see, however.  It gets interesting when you’re playing the hard levels, and you have to watch out for more barriers with a long tail.

This game is great for all ages.  It is more of a mindless time filler than a mentally stimulating game.  It can definitely keep anyone occupied when they’re bored.

Snakes Basic is available on the newest generation Kindle, as well as older models.

Jokester

“The game is very simple classic Snake, nothing extra fancy just simple plain fun. Worth the 99 cents for a game that I havent been able to play without “extras” since my first Nokia cell phone.”

Karen L. Anderson

“I picked this up on the suggestion of a friend and I’m very pleased with the program. It is quite responsive considering the refresh rates on Kindles and it harkens back to a time when QBasic games were the only games. It’s perfect for keeping the kids quiet in Doctors offices and car trips. I highly recommend this for your Kindle.”

Poker of the Dead

Poker of the Dead is the craziest poker game I’ve ever seen.  The instructions were really amusing with all of the zombie, dead, and lack of brains commentary.

Poker of the Dead is a good short poker game.  I just went along with it and won a few games.  I encourage you to read the instruction manual and follow the tutorial.  They’re very helpful in explaining everything you need to know about the game.  There is a list of all of the poker terms: flush, call, fold, etc that serves as a good reference.  I need to take a look at these in more depth so I actually know what I’m doing half the time.

So, in the game itself, you’re trying to race the zombies to win before they eat your brains.  Your choices are to Call, Raise, Fold, or All In.  You can’t use the All In one until you’ve won three times.

You have seven days.  Each day, your units increase.  So, when you make a call, it is worth $10 on the first day, and goes all the way up to $500 in the end.

There is also a list of Challenges you can choose from.  The Kindle’s 5-way toggle button will get you to where you need to go for everything in the game.  Poker of the Dead includes a tutorial, but it’d be great if there was an advisor available like there is in Texas Hold ‘Em.

The zombies are really creepy looking.  They certainly look the part.  Be sure to grab Poker of the Dead soon.  It is on sale for a limited time along with other Halloween themed Kindle games.

So, overall, Poker of the Dead is certainly not a full blown poker game, as reviewers mentioned, but it is certainly a good mental break.

Poker of the Dead is available on the newest Kindle, as well as older models.

dac7442

“‘I’m giving Poker of the Dead a full 5 stars, because there’s nothing more I’d ask from the game. It’s not a full blown Texas Hold’em game, doesn’t pretend to be one, but instead, gives the game its own special gameplay that works really well on the non-touch Kindles. The game can easily and comfortably be played casually using the 5-way controller. It’s fun for short time periods, or extended play (try to beat your own score). Killing zombies by going all-in is fun and different.”

B. Fontane

“Very clever, enjoyable game, and plays fast. Becoming my goto game between books for a quick poker break.”