Big Holiday Kindle Game Sale

I wrote an earlier post about the holiday themed Kindle games that were released at the beginning of December.  Now, with the holidays upon us, there are several more that have been added to the collection.  All games are going for a great deal at $.99.

Christmas Cocoa Stand is a unique strategy game for all ages.  The object of the game is the sell the most cocoa each day.  In order to do so, you have to maximize the flavor and keep track of how many customers you have.  The better your cocoa tastes, the more customers you’ll get.  It is a good way to teach kids some simple business tricks.  Yet, it also provides enough challenge to make it enjoyable for adults.  This game is one of the top rated in the list of holiday games.

If you’re looking for some adventure, check out Mystery Castle: Winter’s Night.  Mystery Castle; Dawn of Illusion’s Monty returns to tackle the demons of the Ice Palace.  Build bridges and blow up barriers with bombs.  Lots of fun with a wintery twist.

 Mahjong Solitaire Holiday Edition is similar to the original version that consists of uncovering matching tiles.  This game takes a little strategic thinking because you can’t just uncover any tile.  Tiles can be matched when they’re not attached to adjoining tiles.  There are 10 games to choose from with two holiday sets.  So, instead of matching up shapes, you’ll be matching up pictures that go with the season.  This game is compatible with the Kindle Touch.

Snakes Christmas is just a holiday themed version of the simple game: Snakes Basic.  The object is to collect as many pellets as you can without running into your growing tail.  It gets a bit tricky once the snake gets longer, and you can make it go faster in the medium or hard levels.

If you’re planning a trivia night or are spending a lot of time in the car over the holidays, Ultimate Christmas Quiz might be a good game to try.  HandyX has a number of quizzes and all of them can be quite challenging.  So, this is a great game for teens and adults.  Test your knowledge on all things Christmas, and see how well you do.  The questions tend to run in strings of hard ones, then an easy one will pop up to give you a breather.  you can challenge yourself further by adding a timer.

Puzzazz is offering a holiday collection of word games for free called Puzzazz Holiday Gift.  The collection includes word searches and Sudoku and Wordoku puzzles.

Not a bad collection of holiday games for Kindle.  All are available for Kindle devices up to the 4th generation with a few available for the Kindle Touch.  The $.99 sale runs until January 2.  Happy Holidays!

Dusk World

Dusk World has been around since Amazon started offering games on the Kindle. So, it is interesting to compare it to some of the other interactive fiction games out there and see how the games have improved over time.

Dusk World is an interactive adventure book where you determine the outcome of the story. The main character is Agent Patriot. Agent Patriot was convicted of a crime he has no memory of committing. the goal of the game/story is to figure out who actually committed the crime and who framed the agent.

The story is mostly white on black, which is unusual, and fits the overall mood of the Dusk World. Navigation is pretty simple. You just have to follow the lead of the story as it asks you questions on what choices to make. There’s a few comic like pictures that are mixed in. Always good to have some pictures in there to give a better idea of what you’re working with. Some of them are quite scary!

If you really like interactive game books, you should also check out the Fighting Fantasy series. They have a number of good stories to choose from. Another set of game books to try is the Choice of Games selection.

The only major downside to these games are that they are all pretty short. The good news is that there is a growing collection of them. So, they may be short, but there is a good variety.

Interactive fiction is a great way to get kids to read who otherwise would not show any interest. It engages them in a way that most traditional books can’t do. They also have a video game like quality to them, that can really draw you in.

So, great game for a good price. Dusk World has started an interactive fiction revolution.

tonya

“Love this interactive graphic novel! I will agree with some of the other reviews…the story and interactive content is a bit thin, but I see great potential for future books. The novelty of it has won me over (it brings back my childhood love of comics) and I think the younger readers could be drawn to this type of Kindle book (with the right content, of course). Writers/artists…get cracking!! ”

Rover

“I expected this to be more of a straight up choose your own adventure type book, but it is more complex than that. It is like a mashup between a comic book, those old text interactive fiction games, and a choose your own adventure book. Not only can you choose what to do, you can make a lot of choices about who you talk to and what you say. There are even combat sequences (sort of)!”

Deathtrap Dungeon

I‘ve had a lot of fun playing Worldweaver’s Fighting Fantasy games for the Kindle. They’re so interactive and full of anticipation.

Deathtrap Dungeon is a lot like Citadel of Chaos, but is in a different setting. The setting appears to be somewhere in China based on the names they chose.

When you first start the game, you can set up your character by choosing the gender and super powers. Your character will make their way through a number of passageways and traps. Don’t fall into the pit!

You’ll also do battle with some scary looking creatures. Determine your scores in the battles by rolling the die. I chose quick roll, but there’s also full toss.

Deathtrap Dungeon works on the Kindle 2, but I think it works a lot more smoothly on the Kindle 3. I noticed a small lag when turning pages. That makes sense since a vast majority of the Kindle games were developed after the Kindle 3 came out.

The interactive nature of Deathtrap Dungeon will get readers and non readers alike excited about the Kindle. I saw many reviewers say that Worldweaver has done a great job of adapting this old favorite to the Kindle platform.

Deathtrap Dungeon is primarily text with the exception of a few pictures that describe the monsters you must encounter. The text is clear and easy to read. The story tells you exactly when to turn the page and shows you the choices you have to make when you have to make certain decisions.

Look for various objects that can provide protection, or knock you down. The fun part is not knowing what objects will do what. You never know what kind of invisible poison a glass of water can hold!

The Fighting Fantasy series all got great reviews. Deathtrap Dungeon continues that tradition.

J.A. Regn

“Deathtrap Dungeon was always my favorite of the Fighting Fantasy books as a kid. The Kindle version is perfect e-book version of the original. In fact I may even enjoy the Kindle version more with the hand-drawn look of the automap, the management of the character inventory and how it prevents cheating (but at times I have mixed feelings about this). The lack of being able to go back a page and pretend you didn’t make that choice makes the books a big challenge and pretty much forces you to have many interesting deaths before winning. I like that the map remains if you die as sort of cheat sheet but that they also give you the option to start from a clean slate. “

The Citadel of Chaos

The Citadel of Chaos is similar to Affairs of the Court or Choice of the Vampire in that it is a text based adventure game.  But there are some other components to it that set it apart.  Instead of just selecting from a list of choices that will take you down your respective path in the story, this one includes graphics and dice rolls.

The Citadel of Chaos is basically navigation through a large castle filled with obstacles and scary creatures.  You encounter many spooky instances along the way that can determine your fate.  Your character is either a man or woman depending on which gender you choose.

When you first start, you can choose how much strength and stamina you have, or have the game auto generate the amount of weapons in your arsenal.  I tried that, and ended up with a pretty low amount of tricks.

So, your fate all depends on the choices you make.  You will live or die.  So, make your decisions carefully, and check the in house map to see your progress and the monsters you’ve encountered.

The graphics are pretty good.  There is a lag while the pages switch, so I mistakingly jumped ahead two pages a few times.  Throughout the adventure, there are helpful instructions.  For example, there are instructions on how the dice rolls work: quick roll versus full roll.

I really enjoyed this game, and held my breath every time I made a choice that would determine my path through the castle, or citadel.  Most of the time I just used my gut instinct.  I ended up some amusing scrapes, but so far so good.

Good to know that the Kindle is upholding the traditions of old favorites.  Many reviewers grew up reading the Fighting Fantasy books.  Worldweaver has done an excellent job adapting the series to the Kindle platform.

OzFalcon

“Just as enjoyable to play now as they were 30(?) years ago. And that’s something considering the age increase.
The map looks just great. And the game style, mechanics and atmosphere play out nicely.
I have tried both iPhone and Kindle versions of this game, And the Kindle is more enjoyable to play, Despite the lack of color.
Definitely recommended addition to your Kindle.”

Nick Schroeder

“I grew up reading the Fighting Fantasy books. Now after checking out the first title on Kindle, I can see that this is the perfect format for the books. Outstanding! I am very much looking forward to future titles–I will be buying them all! ”

 

 

 

 

Inheritance

First off, I want to say, I liked Inheritance right from the start because the instructions are well written and full of humor.  Humor is always a good thing.

Once you start the game, you play the nephew of crazy Uncle Ozmo.  Cool name.  Uncle Ozmo has passed away and left you a nice inheritance.  But the catch is, in order to get the inheritance, you have to reveal clues and get yourself out of his house.  By the way, you are locked into the mansion.  Knowing how crazy your uncle is, you didn’t expect to get off easy did you?

In order to get out of your uncle’s house, you have to give basic text commands to move through the rooms.  Examples include “Go” or “Open.”  These words can be accessed via the Kindle keyboard.  You will see the keys that match up to each word on the screen.  So, you don’t have to worry about memorizing the shortcuts.

The only complaint I have about Inheritance is that the text is kind of small.  I can’t adjust it with the Aa button at all.  Aside from the small text, the look and feel of the game looks good to me.

Be careful, you can get turned around easily.  I tried going through he archway, then thought I was going to the foyer, but ended up going back to where I started.  So, pay close attention to where you are so you can get out faster!

Carrie Johnson

“It took me a while to figure things out…which is the point I guess. It was fun and challenging. Once I figured out how to get into the elevator, things really went fast and I was able to make it all happen quickly. Hint for getting the shoes: set the timer on the floor. It was super fun but wanted it to be longer and I want more!! Gang of Penguins, we are ready for more!!’

Gang of Penguins must be doing something right, with all of these reviews begging for more games like this one!

Jade Hanley

“This is a fantastic game that while quite challenging at parts, totally keeps your interest with the story line. Great game on the go as you can easily come back to it. I hope this company continues to make more great titles!”

Text game veterans might feel that Inheritance is too easy, but it is a good refresher, and has the potential begin a revolution of of text adventure games for the Kindle.

 

Hidden Expedition: Amazon

When I downloaded Hidden Expedition: Amazon on my Kindle, I wasn’t expecting much in the way of graphics because of the basic, grayscale screen.  I also have a Kindle 2,  so the graphics are not quite as good as the newer Kindles.

I was pleasantly surprised, and found that the graphics are great.  I also was able to figure out the game without too much direction.  The objects and details show up really well.  So I would imagine they would be that much better on the Kindle 3.

In Hidden Expedition: Amazon, you are a former student of a missing professor.  Professor Mandible took off for South America and never came back.

Your job is to uncover clues that will lead to the missing professor.  You start off creating a profile that holds your scores and other relevant information.  Three of your friends or family can join in as well, but their profiles are separate so you can each embark on your own adventures.

Each level consists of different rooms that contain a bunch of objects that are tossed haphazardly around the room.  The first level is in Professor Mandible’s office.  This level’s pretty easy, but the levels get increasingly harder as you go on.  Get ready for an adventure around the world!

You rely on the 5-way toggle button to navigate the cursor around to select items.  This has slowed me down considerably in finding objects, but I’m sure the Kindle 3 toggle button is better than the previous generations.

One good trick is to hold down the toggle button to make the cursor move faster, but don’t let it run away!  If you send it past one end up the screen, it shows up on the other end.  Quite handy for objects on the other end of the room.

Some objects are harder to find, and might be hidden behind others.  I highly recommend using the “xoom in” option when you can.  You can find this feature by hitting menu and selecting it from the list of items.  The screen zooms in on the area around your cursor.  You’ll find other helpful features in the menu such as “hints” and “restart level.”

I’ve really enjoyed this game so far.  It provides a fun diversion if you need a break from reading.  A fun game for all ages.

Melissa A. Young

“I really enjoy playing this game!… It is easy enough to be fun and challenging enough to stay interesting. I like the subtle use of humor and word play that is sprinkled throughout the game. “