Battleship

Battleship is the latest to join top quality Kindle games by Electronic Arts.  It is one of my favorite games from childhood, so I am stoked to see it on the Kindle.

Battleship is a two player game, and each player strategically places ships around the board.  The object is to destroy your opponent’s ships before they can destroy yours.

The best part about the Kindle edition of Battleship is that it is much more portable.  The regular version includes a bunch of bits and pieces that can be easy to lose.  Lots of family fun to be had, especially with the heavy travel going on during the holiday season.

The Kindle edition includes three different modes: Classic, Salvo, and Superweapon.  Classic is the traditional battleship game with opponents going back and forth with one shot.  Salvo allows for the amount of shots as ships you have available.  Superweapon has multiple shots going at once.  I can imagine how much fun and chaotic that mode can get!

There are quite a few customizations in that can be applied based on the player’s preferences.  The ships can be placed automatically, or manually.  You can also choose to play against the Kindle, or against a friend in Pass ‘N Play mode.

All navigation is done via the 5-way toggle button.  It did get away from me at times when trying to position my shots, but overall it worked fine.  The graphics are great.  There is a well written help section if you need it.

The only thing I wish the Kindle could do with Battleship is call out the coordinates and ships sunk like the original version does.  That is one of my favorite parts of the game.

This is a really good time to grab any of the Electronic Arts Kindle games because they are going for a steep discount.  Normally $4.99, they are all currently $.99.  So, stock up while they’re cheap.  Electronic Arts has some of the best games out there for the Kindle.

Battleship is available on the latest generation Kindle, as well as earlier models.

Battleship has the best reviews so far that I’ve seen in awhile.  Nothing less than 5 stars.

J. Chambers

“I loved to play the old board game version of Battleship when I was a kid many years ago. Since then I’ve played it in a number of electronic versions, but the Kindle is a perfect platform for this game. The 5-way controller is all you need to choose where to attack the enemy ships, and the monochrome graphics are excellent for displaying the ship locations.”

 

 

Rockin’ Reversi

Rockin Reversi is a great game for beginners.  Once you master this one, you should check out Reversi Deluxe.  It will give you a bigger challenge.

Rockin Reversi is a cute game.  I love the wording of the instruction manual.  It sounds like it is geared more towards the younger crowd.

There are three levels: easy, medium, and hard.  I beat all of them fairly quickly.  You just need to “make a sandwich” around the opponent’s pieces, as the manual says.  You win the game once you capture all of your opponent’s pieces, or fill the board with the most pieces.

Rockin Reversi also has a multi player option.  So, you can play with your family and friends.  The game is so much more fun that way.

Overall, Rockin Reversi was easy to navigate.  The 5-way toggle button went a bit crazy on the board at times, but it fulfilled the purposes by selecting the squares I needed.  The pieces are clearly defined.

The only things that were a little more difficult to read were the tips and other side notes.  They might could be in a more readable font, but I didn’t pay too much attention to them anyway.

Unlike Reversi Deluxe, Rockin Reversi doesn’t have dots to tell you where to put your pieces.  I didn’t think this made a huge difference in my ability to play the game.

Deb M.

“I knew this game as Othello when I was growing up. I used to play it with my beloved Uncle when we were on vacation at my Grandparents cabin in Minnesota. I remember spending the evening bent over the board game on one side of the table, while he was on the other, discovering the “secrets” to winning the game, together. With the wonderful memories I had of the game, this was one of the first games I bought when I got my new kindle! I’ve played it a few times already, and love the looks of the game on my kindle, and it wasn’t hard to figure out how to get started which made it nice since I’m still new with my kindle. Thanks for making this wonderful game available to play when I don’t want to read, this way I can play it, even if I can’t find someone else to play it with me now!! :)”

Rockin Reversi is now compatible with the latest generation keyboardless Kindle.

Reversi Deluxe

Whew, Reveersi Deluxe is definitely a brain workout.  The object of the game is to end up with the most pieces at the end of a game.  In order to do this, you have to position your pieces to capture as many of your opponent’s pieces as possible.

I have to warn you, Reversi Deluxe is a challenge at even the beginner levels.  I felt like I was steamrolled by the Kindle’s pieces.  It takes practice though.  Place your pieces around your opponent’s so you can trap as many of their pieces as possible.

I liked the interface, and it fits into the look and feel of the Kindle’s e-ink display.  I could easily figure out where I needed to select my pieces.  Use the toggle button to select the pieces.  The only suggestion I have is to maybe make the dots a little bigger in the squares that are considered when capturing the opponent.

When you first enter Reversi Deluxe, there are several customizable settings available.  You can choose whether you want to be black or white, what player starts the game, and what level to play.  There is also an option to view valid moves.

Overall, Reversi Deluxe is a fun, challenging game that is great for all ages.  I encourage you to review the help section before and while you play.  It provides good tips when to make certain moves and more.

John Stenson

“Reversi Deluxe comes with many options that should satisfy every player. You have the ability to play against your Kindle, obviously choose which color you are playing (White or Black) and who will have the privilege of playing the first move. A nice touch also is the presence of statistics that keep track of all the games you played, how many you won vs lost, how many points you scored, etc… On the performance side, Kindle “thinking” time is quite fast, from 1 second at the beginner level to about 5 seconds when playing Expert.”

A good suggestion for Mobigloo to make note of:

J. Mosher

“If I may make another suggestion, it would be helpful if the beginner level had an option to show possible opponents moves that update with the cursor position; make them X’s or something distinct from the dots to distinguish them from the places you can move. ”

Reversi Deluxe is now compatible with the latest generation keyboardless Kindle.

Memory Classic

Memory Classic is a fun, easy to grasp game for the Kindle.  Both kids and adults can enjoy this game.

Memory Classic is a tile matching game.  The tiles have cute little pictures of astronauts, dolphins, boats, etc. The number of tiles on the board increases with each passing level.

There are three types of modes: relaxed, classic, and arcade.  Relaxed mode is untimed and has 18 levels.  So, you can work your way up through more advanced levels without a timer pressuring you.

Classic mode is a timed version of Relaxed mode.  So, not only are you working on your memory skills, you’re also working on your speed.  I didn’t do so hot against the timer, but I’m sure as I get better at Memory Classic, I’ll improve my time.

The Arcade mode was cool.  It sort of reminded me of Tetris because it is a “don’t let the blocks fill the screen” type game.  In this case, you’re racing against the tiles to get them matched before the unmatched tiles fill up the whole space.

The graphics are clear and easy to decipher.  You can use either the toggle button, or keyboard shortcuts to move across the board and flip the tiles.  The keyboard shortcuts might be a better fit for the classic mode because I found that the toggle button slowed me down.  It tended to get away from me a lot.

Memory Classic is one of those games you can probably just jump right in and play, but if you need help, you can always review the instructions on the list of menu options.  Also, there are hints at the bottom of the page to advise you on the best strategies on how to play each mode.

A future improvement to consider, is a Pass N’ Play type mode where you can play with others.  Memory classic is currently only one player at a time, but you can shoot for the best scores in order to get into the Hall of Fame.

TerriTheGrape

“Looking for a fun time waster? How about a game that the both you and the kids can play? Memory Classic is the perfect matching game for all! You can play Classic Mode where you must find all of the matches before time runs out, or for a more leisurely game, try Relaxed Mode. My favorite though, is Arcade Mode where you must make all of the matches and clear the board before time runs out while more and more tiles are being added. Don’t let the screen fill up or it’s GAME OVER! It sounds easy at first, but this mode gets very challenging!!”

Link Four

Link Four is the Kindle version of the old, familiar game called Connect Four.  The object of the game is simple.  Just connect four pieces to win a match.

Link Four has three levels.  I honestly couldn’t tell a lot of difference between easy, medium and hard.  I think it has a lot to do with the player’s method of playing, and where they place their pieces.

I played all levels against the Kindle, but you can do two player.  I think it is always more fun to play against a human rather than a robot.  There’s so much more personal strategy going on.

The Kindle got me a lot with the diagonal matches.  So, beware of those.  They can add up quickly.  You can also connect four pieces vertically and horizontally.

If you know how to play Connect Four and are familiar with Kindle games, then you should be able to just jump right in.  The help section’s always there if you need it.  Quickly return to the main menu by selecting that option that comes up when you press the menu button.

As with many Kindle games, the primary navigation tool is the Kindle’s 5-way toggle button.  I got a little frustrated with it because the arrow at the top of the grid kept moving faster than I intended.  So I’d accidentally drop my chip into the wrong hole.

If you have a newer Kindle, this shouldn’t be as much of an issue.  The toggle button is a lot better with the newest models.

Link Four is a simple game, and the graphics are easy to see and intuitive.  The design is not anything fancy, so they fit the overall purpose of the game just fine.

the chips are white or black, and you can choose which one you want to be.

Link Four is well worth the 99 cents.  I think it is a great travel companion because you don’t have to worry about lost pieces.  It is a good way to keep kids occupied in the car or in doctor’s waiting rooms.

Link Four is a great game for kids, and brings back fond childhood memories of playing Connect Four.  It also provides enough of a challenge to make the game enjoyable for adults as well.

S. Randall

“Definitely enjoyed this game! I definitely recommend buying this to other Kindle game lovers! As the other commenter said, worth the 99 cents~”

Link Four is now compatible with the latest generation keyboardless Kindle.

Chess

The two biggest advantages for the Kindle version of Chess are portability and that it is good for beginners.  The instruction manual is very thorough.  It takes you step by step through the rules and the explains the role of each chess piece.  For a complete novice like me, this was very helpful.

As for portability, having Chess available on the Kindle makes it easy to play on long car rides without worrying about losing a bunch of pieces.  You can play with the Kindle or a person.

As I play Chess more often, I will definitely need to keep the instruction book handy to help me remember what all of the pieces do, and what directions they can move in.  Want something simpler?  Try Checkers.  there is a great Kindle version of Checkers available, and it is also made by Oak Systems.

The graphics are pretty decent.  The pieces are black and white.  White always goes first.  There are ten difficulty levels.  So, the game can be fun for players of all levels.  If you need to pause or abandon a game, you can just resume it right where you left off when you come back.

The only major drawback to the Kindle version of Chess is that the board has to be so small to fit the screen.  So, it is harder to keep up with all of the pieces and the different directions they go in.  You also don’t have full control on what pieces you can upgrade to.  I think that is an issue with most computer and electronic games.  If you want full control over every aspect of the game, it is better to play it on the actual board.

CivWar64

“Here are some things to consider:

Good things:
1) If you leave a game in the middle and put your Kindle to sleep, it remembers and gives you the option to resume the game the next time you open it, which is a nice feature.
2) It doesn’t seem to suck up very much battery on my K2, which I was worried about.
3) It has a good display at the bottom which shows the pieces taken by each side and the moves in standard notation.
4) You can ‘take back’ moves which is good if you’re a beginner. (OK, I cheat sometimes too when I’m fooling around trying different tactics.)

Poor things:
1) It doesn’t seem to have book openings, as other reviewers have said, which is slightly annoying.
2) It likes to exchange pieces, even when losing (which is not a good tactic, and typical of some chess programs).
3) When you advance your pawn to the 8th rank, it automatically gives you a Queen instead of giving you an option as per the rules of chess (there are certain times when you don’t want a Queen, such as when it results in an instant Stalemate). ”

 

 

 

 

 

Snakes and Ladders

Most of you are probably familiar with the Chutes and Ladders board game. It was one of those old, familiar games from my childhood. Basically, you’re trying to race the other player(s) up the board to win.  The Kindle has a spin off of this game called Snakes and Ladders.

If you run into a snake, you get knocked down. If you land at the bottom of a ladder, you get to move up it. Your points are determined by the number on the square that you are on, plus the number on your dice.

The Kindle version of Snakes and Ladders is off to a good start. It just needs a little work in the graphics department.

The dice is pretty easy to see, and you just press the toggle button to roll it. There are keyboard shortcuts for every command as well. You can play against the Kindle, or other players.  I recommend getting someone besides the Kindle to play with you.  Playing the Kindle gets a little old after awhile since all youa re doing is rolling the dice.

There are three modes: Play, Play and Count, and Play and Learn Math. The Play mode does everything except for the dice roll automatically. The other two require maneuvering around the board and basic addition skills.

The board needs a lot more contrast. My piece is noted by a star, but I found myself looking all over the board trying to figure out what square I was on. It needed to stand out better among the snakes and ladders. In a sense, you don’t HAVE to know where your piece is because it is moved automatically in the Play mode, but it is good to keep track of it anyway.

You can play with several other people. I can only imagine how crazy that would get!

All of the reviews pretty much echo what I have already said about the graphics.  It is a simple game that can be great for kids.  The Snakes and Ladders game has a lot of potential. With a few tweaks here and there, it can be a great game for the Kindle.

Judy Stambaugh

“I purchased this game for my 5 yr. old granddaughter while she was visiting for the summer. She wanted to play games on my Kindle, but of course can’t read or spell yet and most of my games are word games. So, I purchased this so she would have something to play on Kindle. She liked the game. It’s like the shoots and ladders game. You can play it against the Kindle and you can count your spaces yourself or the Kindle will count for you and make your moves. She counted herself and made her own moves. When you make a correct move you get a smiley face so she could play without help from me. I’d recommend this for children.”

 

Yahtzee

When I first saw Yahtzee available on the Kindle, I was curious as to how it would work, because it relies so much on rolling dice.  I think of Yahtzee as a past paced, quick thinking type of game.  The Kindle version puts a new spin on it to make it suitable for this particular platform.

EA has done a good job with the Kindle version.  Of course, your goal is to get 5 of a kind to get Yahtzee.  It doesn’t matter if it is 5 ones or 5 sixes, you still get 50 points.  I encourage you to read the instructions that explain all of the combinations that you can achieve to get points: 3 of a kind, 4 of a kind, full house, chance, or yahtzee.

You get a “chance” when your combinations don’t fit in any of the other categories.  Choose this option, and you add 20 points to your score.

The only real complaint I have about Yahtzee is that it is slower than most Kindle games.  That is to be expected with all of the stuff it needs to have to make it work.  I think it works best on the newest Kindles.  I am impressed that EA was able to pull off such a dynamic game on the Kindle.

I give high marks for the graphics.  They’re very crisp and easy to see.  If you ever get stumped during a game and need to refresh your memory on how to do something, then just press the menu button, and the help section is one of the options.

One thing to note: pressing the back button does not take you out of your game. You have to press menu, then “go to main menu.”

The only button to know to play Yahtzee is the toggle button.  Keyboard shortcuts would be useful so this button doesn’t get overused, but it gets you through the game.  You use it to select and move from upper to lower levels.  The upper level contains the dice.  The game will tell you when to roll.  The lower level has the categories.

Jackie-the-Greyhound

“It’s the same, fun game from way-back..and with about 5 minutes looking at the help menu and another few times to adjust to the controls it is pretty easy to work with on the Kindle.

It would be nice if you could use the keyboard for more, almost everything depends on the 5 way and it can get a little off due to a slight visual lag, hence the 4 instead of 5 star review. ”

Yahtzee is one of the pricier Kindle games at five bucks.  Funny to think of that as pricey, considering how much standard video games are.  If you hit it just right, you probably can catch it on sale.  Amazon holds 99 cent game sales from time to time.

Monopoly

Monopoly is the most well known board game in the world.  You can play it in the original board game format, on the computer, on your smartphone and on the Kindle.

The Kindle version of Monopoly has a good set up, but can use a few tweaks here and there to make it easier to navigate and find your playing pieces.

I think the “Help” section is great, and it is very useful for getting the feel for the game on the Kindle platform.  Also, try ” Tutorial” when you first start.  It gives you direction throughout the game.

The graphics are decent.  I agree with the many reviewers who said it was difficult to distinguish between your piece and the opponent’s because they aren’t marked very well.  It took me a minute to find mine on the board.

As you know, Monopoly is a really addicting game, and can last forever if you let it.  The Kindle version is no different.  Countless reviewers remarked how addicting it is.  You can play against the Kindle, or you can Pass ‘N Play with your friends and family.

I remember, before the Kindle came out, I’d have to travel with the original board games, and there was always a good chance that we’d lose pieces along the way.  With the Kindle, and even with the smartphone versions, you no longer have to worry about losing pieces.

As with many Kindle games, this one requires heavy use of the 5-way toggle button.  Future adjustment suggestions could be to utilize the keyboard more so you don’t wear out the toggle button.

The Kindle version of Monopoly is customizable.  You can create “House Rules” to determine whether players get extra money for passing “Go” and more.  You also have three levels of game difficulty ranging from easy to hard.  Whether these levels are actually easy or hard depends on the skill levels of the players.

Scott from Detroit

“The game delivers the true Monopoly feel. Computer AI is, for the most part, rather logical. Graphics are crisp and clear. Screen draws and navigation aren’t too slow.

Some added bonuses include the ability to have multiple human and CPU players at the same time, custom house rules, and the ability to choose what game pieces the AI uses. ”

I can definitely see a great potential for improvements in Monopoly as the Kindle product gets upgraded.  Right now, the game is listed at its full price: $4.99.  Be on the look out for sales.  It has been marked as low as .99 occasionally.