Strimko

There are tons of Sudoku variations in the Kindle game collection.  Strimko is my favorite.  The logic of it is a little more interesting than a basic Sudoku grid.

The game set up is a grid with a set of circles in rows and columns.  Each circle contains a number ranging from 1-7.  The beginning grids are 1-4.  Each circle is interconnected throughout the grid.  So, you have the added challenge of making sure the numbers don’t overlap in the connections that are interspersed throughout the grid on top of numbers going vertically and horizontally.

When you first enter Strimko, the grid has a few numbers already set up to get you started.  The easy levels are great for beginners.  I completed my first puzzle ever in about three minutes.  It will take me awhile to get through the harder levels.  So, it provides a good number of puzzles for a good price.

The graphics are excellent.  They are so clean and easy to see.  Review the instruction manual if you need to to get the gist of the game.  Everything is pretty intuitive.  Use the keyboard numbers to insert numbers into each circle.

There are annotations available if you need them.  Just press the Kindle’s 5-way toggle to open them up.  They create multiple small circles for you to make notes in.

Navigation in Strimko is quite simple with the use of a combination of the 5-way toggle button and the keyboard.  Strimko is in my opinon, one of the most well designed games for the Kindle.  I really don’t have any major criticisms to report for it.

JCZinser

“The user interface works for me, and without the frustrations I get trying when using any of the Sudoku games. The hints are readily available when you get stumped (which does happen when you’re still learning). And you can reset a puzzle when you make a mistake — or, even better, when you’ve had to use too many hints and want to go back after a period of time to see if you can now improve your performance. This is an elegant puzzle.”

Turin

“But the game itself is a lot of fun. A simple set of rules, a clear objective and its the type of game you can play, pause and pick up again when you get another few spare minutes. There is some discussion of various solving techniques on the authors’ web site if you want to jump beyond basic strategies.

Included are 90 or so boards of various difficulties- so its 20-30 hours of play for a pretty nominal price.”

Mahjong Butterfly

Mahjong Butterfly is a tile matching game for the Kindle.  If you have played Mahjong Solitaire, you should pick up the basic rules of this game pretty quickly.

With Mahjong Butterfly, you are not only matching tiles, you are also using strategy to match certain tiles before others, so that the butterflies can hatch.

So, for example, you need to give a caterpillar food in the form of a honeydew.  Then you have to give the caterpillar some sunlight so that it can go into its cocoon and so on.  Watch out for the wind tiles.  They can hurt you if you use them too soon.

I can definitely see how Mahjong Butterfly can get addictive.  I sat on the couch and played it for almost an hour.  The strategic element in this game gives it a lot more depth than most other Kindle games.

For navigation, you can either use the 5-way toggle button or certain keyboard shortcuts that are listed in the manual.  I strongly encourage you to at least skim the help section before starting out.  It provides all of the strategies and keyboard shortcuts that you need to succeed in Mahjong Butterfly.  Don’t forget the tutorial mode.  Be careful with the toggle button because it can definitely get a work out in this game.

The graphics were good for the monochrome Kindle platform.  Sometimes it took me a little bit longer to find the matching flowers because they weren’t as distinguishable.  But, overall, I was able to see everything fairly well.

K. Wagner

“The only reason I would want a Kindle with a color screen would be for this app. There is a tutorial which takes you through Level one. Please, read all of the Help pages first. There are two ways to get around the tiles. You can use the four way directional and enter pad or eight directional letter keys, qwe,ad, zxc, with s as the enter key. Using the letter keys is a better way to move around, especially for a lefty. The app uses a totally different tile set and it takes some getting use to. The flowers have to match exactly and in monochrome its a little difficult at first. The other suits are leaf and honey dew which are food for the caterpillars. You still are looking for identical pairs of tiles to remove but in this version you have three free cells to store 3 tiles.”

Pirate Stash

Pirate Stash is part of Amazon’s own collection of free Kindle games.  So, this game works very nicely with the Kindle platform.

The object of Pirate Stash is to push a treasure chest full of gold to the “X” on a different part of the board.  It is a lot like navigating a maze.  Be careful about getting trapped in the corner!  The good news is, you can always hit the back button to undo your last move.

The puzzles start out super easy, but they get harder pretty quickly.  There are beginner, intermediate, advanced, and expert levels.  In between you’ll find introduction and training to get you acclimated to the way the game is played.  I tried out the advanced and expert levels.  Those take some major strategic thinking skills.  The number of treasure chests you have to push increases as you advance through the levels as well.

Amazon has done a good job with the graphics.  They’re very clear and designed in a way that compliments the game.

Pirate Stash will keep you busy for awhile.  It includes a good sized collection of puzzles.  In order to move the treasure chest, you just use the Kindle’s 5-way toggle button.  One minor frustration for me was that the treasure chest got away from me because the toggle went faster than I intended.  Just be careful and don’t over use it.

You really can’t go wrong with downloading Pirate Stash.  It is a great quality game, and best of all, it is free.  Amazon also has a fair number of other good quality free Kindle games available to download.

Fun game for all ages!

kt simms

“I really like logical and strategic games and this is a great but simple one. The graphics are very clear – right down to his peg leg and his footprints in the sand. There are 118 puzzles (if you count the introduction and advanced training puzzles) in 7 different categories, with each category growing progressively more challenging to solve. It includes the standard game features (restart, undo, timer, reveal solution, leave the game and return to it, etc.). The “Undo” is great in that you can reverse move after move rather than only being able to undo the last one. I also like that the timer doesn’t start until you make your first move, giving you a bit of time to assess the board and plan your moves. ”

Pirate Stash is now compatible with the latest generation keyboardless Kindle.

Jewels

There is a popular game called Bejeweled or Bejeweled Blitz available for the PC, smartphone, and tablets such as the iPad.  It relies a lot on color, so it isn’t the best fit for the Kindle.

The current version of the Kindle doesn’t have color options, but Mobigloo  has created a comparable game called Jewels that relies more on patterns than than shapes and colors.  The patterns ad more depth to the game because they require you to pay closer attention to detail.

The goal of Jewels is to match up three objects with the same patterns and shapes.  The shapes are all just basic geometric shapes: circle, triangle, square.  Remember to pay attention to the patterns inside the shapes.  Some shapes are similar in structure.

In order to select and move a shape to match it with others you have to select it first with the Kindle’s 5-way toggle button.  Once selected, you use the toggle button to match it up with the others.  The extra step is more cumbersome than just dragging the shape on a touch screen, but it works best with the current Kindle platform.

Other than the look and method of moving the shapes, Jewels is basically the exact same game we’re all familiar with.  You can choose to play casual, untimed games, or timed ones that test speed and accuracy.

If you get stuck, and can’t find a match, there is a hint option available, and a help section in the menu.  Overall, Jewels is a pretty simple game to grasp, and can certainly keep kids and adults alike occupied for hours.

MamaCat

“I’ve always loved the jewel games, but because this game is in black and white it’s more difficult than playing it in color. Also, some of the jewels are similar in design so it takes more time for you to connect the right ones. Definitely a fun game and will keep your brain in shape!”

Roxanne Mchenry

“I’ve played popgame’s bejeweled online for a long time, and so I was intrigued when I saw this game was available. The basic premise is the same and you will have multi-levels drop if you match the right 3 jewels. I liked that the game does have a dropping visual effect, but I dislike having to use the 5-way controller to swap jewels. It works about as good as it possibly could with the limitation of the Kindle. I would rather play this game on a color device as an app– maybe on the new Kindle Fire when it comes out!”

Maze A Thon

When I first started playing Maze A Thon I thought, “wow this is easy, and I can knock this out in 30 minutes.”.  Then I got further into the puzzles and boy did the mazes get much harder!

There are three modes: Classic, Wrap Around, and Cubetastic.  Classic is just a basic maze.  Wrap Around allows you to go out of the maze on one side and come back in on the other side.  This is where the mazes get hard, because you’ll find that the the places you want to get to are blocked off.  So you have to use a bit of strategic thinking to figure out the best openings to enter and exit.

Cubetastic is really cool.  It adds a new dimension to the maze.  You are basically walking around a cube to get to the prize.  There are openings that automatically send you to cube’s side that is next to the one you were on.

Your navigation tool is the Kindle’s 5-way toggle button.  Keep an eye out for the hints at the bottom of the page.  They provide helpful navigation hints and keyboard shortcuts.

Maze A Thon’s graphics are great.  The maze just consists of simple lines.  It is pretty easy to tell where you need to get to.  In the Wrap Around and Cubetastic levels, the openings are marked with arrows.  The arrows could be a little darker, but I think they work for the look and feel of the maze.

Maze A thon is a great game for all ages and expert levels.  Beginners can start off easy and work their way up.  Experts can get a challenge on the harder levels.  It is a great time filler, and I found it very addictingsed.

Bruce Horn

“From a software point of view, it is a very clean and well-written game that makes good use of the e-ink display on the Kindle. The text and menus are easy to read and don’t unnecessarily blink the display, which takes some effort to optimize. ”

9

“This game kept my 6-year old entertained on an airplane for well over an hour. That alone makes it well worth the price. She learned it in seconds, and after that, I didn’t have to help her until we got to the cube mazes, and those challenged both of us.

If you have a kid, and don’t mind losing control of your Kindle for a while, don’t hesitate to buy this one.”

 

Blossom

I encourage you to try Blossom for Kindle.  It is such a fun game.  You connect pipes to a watering can to irrigate flowers.   There is a long history of pipe connect style games for computers.  Blossom is a variation of those.

Blossom takes a bit of strategy and moving around.  I connected pipes, then ended up with ones that were left over.  The good thing is, you can easily undo and keep working towards getting all of the pipes connected to the watering can.  It took me awhile to get all of the pipes connected to get all of the flowers watered.  If you get stuck, you can always press “H” to access the hints.

If you are familiar with Kindle games, you can probably just jump right into playing Blossom, since it only requires navigating with the toggle button..  If you are new to Kindle games and how they’re set up, feel free to check out Blossom’s Help section.

There are 120 puzzles. The difficulty levels range from easy to expert and have 30 puzzles in each difficulty level.  As the difficulty level increases, the puzzles get bigger.  So, there are more pipes and flowers to connect.

The navigation is pretty simple.  The Kindle’s-5-way toggle button rotates the pipes around.  The graphics are easy to see, and I think this game works well with the e-ink platform.

Blossom has excellent reviews.  One suggestion for Braintonik is to allow time after a completed game for the player to review their results.  This can be helpful for improving strategy and speed.

Julie Schmidt

“I love this game. After reading the other reviews I remember I had a game with vines and flowers for my computer. This is the same idea you connect the water supply to the flowers, when connected the flowers bloom. The neat thing is the flowers bloom differently depending on which side the water comes from. I have completed the Easy, Medium, and Difficult levels. I was delighted to find there is an Expert level. I was going to have to start over or find something else to do! Now I have a few more days of enjoyment. You will not regret buying this game. :)”

Catherine Shaffer

“This game is very easy to learn and understand, even without reading the tutorial/how-to. Clicking the boxes to rotate pieces, making sure they line up with the water source and the flowers (pipes turn black when water is flowing; flowers “bloom” when water reaches them). There’s some strategy added to it, but, on easy, this game can seem like an easy relaxer instead of a splitting headache.”

Kee-Ko’s Quest

Kee-Ko’s Quest is a barrier removal game. There is another game for Kindle called Blocked that is a similar type of game, yet much more basic.

The objective is to remove blocks or objects from Kee-Ko’s path so that he can rescue his trapped friend.

Each level is a room, and the difficulty level increases with each room you successfully exit.  There are 100 rooms, and as you get up into the higher level rooms, you’ll be thinking about some tough strategies.

Kee-Ko’s Quest is really easy to grasp. Each object has a letter on top of it to match up with the letters on the Kindle’s keyboard.  You will still use the toggle button to move the pieces around. You have the freedom to move them back and forth to figure out which combination will provide the best opening for Kee-Ko to exit the room.

I can definitely see how this game can get addictive. I found myself playing it for quite awhile. It is a fun game for all ages.  I also liked it better than Blocked because I was moving actual objects as opposed to just rectangles.

Graphic wise, Kee-Ko’s Quest, was designed well for the purposes of the game. They could be a little clearer, but I was the most impressed with how the game is designed to make it easy to find the pieces you need to move around by the letters on top of each car.

Ed Pegg

“This is very similar to Blocked, which in turn is based on Rush Hour, the ThinkFun puzzle originally developed by Nob Yoshigahara. These are sliding block puzzles on rails. The definitive book on the broader subject (no rails) is Sliding Piece Puzzles. One of the best physical non-rail sliding block puzzles available is Anti-Virus.

It’s odd that Rush Hour is being copied before the the more general sliding block puzzles. Anyways, Kee-ko’s Quest is much more user-friendly than Blocked, by a long shot.

The images all look hand-drawn, but they all mesh together well. The puzzles are well ranked from easy to hard. There are various badges to earn. This is a challenging set of puzzles. ”

Golds on the Road

“I have only gone through the first 15 rooms, but it requires a bit of strategy and thought, but not more than my poor little brain can handle. My frustration level on puzzle games has a low threshhold, and this gamre works for me in that regard. “

Tic Tac Toe

With a little strategy, Tic Tac Toe by 7 Dragons can be one of the easiest games out there.  The Kindle version is well done, and does its best in simulating the pencil and paper versions.  It includes three difficulty levels, large, easy to read graphics, and includes a good instruction manual.

You can play either the Kindle, or another player.  There are three difficulty level settings: easy, medium, and hard.  I beat them all pretty quickly using a good strategy that I found.

Tic Tac Toe is a good kid’s game because it teaches them how to play strategically.  In the “old” days you could find kids playing it when bored in class, or even on playground sets.  The Kindle player setting can help them get introduced to the game and work their way up in skill level.

For adults, I highly recommend playing in two player mode.  No matter how good and “human like” the Kindle gets as a player, it can never replace the real thing.  I also think that playing against another human being would be more interesting and challenging than playing even the hard Kindle player levels.

Tic Tac Toe is pretty intuitive as long as you know your way around the Kindle’s keys and the 5-way toggle.  I immediately just jumped in and started playing   You can choose whether you want to be “X” or “O” at the beginning of each game.

If you’re new to Kindle games, feel free to press the Menu button and click on the Help option.  You also can access the different difficulty levels from the Menu, which saves the hassle of returning to the Main Menu each time.

If you get tired of this particular version of Tic Tac Toe, you can always try out the other Tic Tac Toe and Tic Tac Toe 2 Player Kindle game that was designed by Jon Larimer.  In terms of quality and reviews, the 7 Dragons version is much better.

Samuel J. Perry

First of all, this is Tic Tac Toe, not ChessMaster Chess. It is a simple game that anyone with a reasonably good IQ will be able to beat or draw every single game, regardless of the difficulty level selected. It is good brain food for the children as they learn the algorithm themselves and reach the level of win/draw every game. I find it an excellent choice for my little daughter as she rides in the car, or just a nice distraction from time to time. It makes her feel good to do battle with a game that she can beat. I recommend this game, but dear me, remember it is Tic Tac Toe, nothing more, nothing less.

Tic Tac Toe is now compatible with the latest generation keyboardless Kindle.

Doodle Fit

There are two games for Kindle with similar names, but are completely different, and are made by different companies. They are Doodle for Kindle and Doodle Fit. I think they’re both great games to have on your Kindle, and can provide hours of entertainment.

If you’ve ever played Tetris, you’ll recognize the shapes used in Doodle Fit. It is a puzzle game. You have to fit all of the available pieces into a shape. They can’t be rotated, but you can moved them if they are in the wrong place at first.

There are a ton of puzzles included: about 250, so Doodle Fit will keep you occupied for awhile. You earn hints along the way to use as you need them. There are a limited number to go around, so spend them wisely.

Some puzzles have multiple solutions. Levels will be unlocked depending on what solution you go with. You can go back and retry a level to get another solution if you want to play the alternative set of unlocked levels.

The graphics are good for the purposes of the game. I think they can be better, but they don’t detract from the game’s overall goal. I encourage you to review the Help section in the menu options. I was a little confused by how to get to the actual levels when I first saw this big set of really small shapes in the beginning.

So, as a beginner, you’ll work your way through some really simple puzzle shapes. You can get through these pretty quickly and get up to the more complicated ones. Doodle Fit is a great game for all ages.

BarbZ

“This is really cute…. it looks very natural on the screen… like a hand drawn doodle notebook (which does make it slightly difficult to see) complete with a “spiral binding” on the cover page.

After you place the blocks, patterns fill in, so you never know what’s coming in the completed solution. Adds a level of interest.

The game is easy to use (once you figure out the navigation… read the Help section before first use. Then, start, and it will become clear.) Note: to switch pieces, use your PAGE forward and back buttons. Otherwise, it’s all the 5 way. And, from the first page, hit the 5 way button on the upper left shape to begin the game. It loads a single shape for you to work on from the next page.”

Red Hot Sudoku #1

Red Hot Sudoku  on the Kindle is just the regular Sudoku game we all know and love.

I really like the way they’ve done the graphics. The grids are large and easy to see. You can also “pencil” in possible numbers in a square before you make your decision.

If you aren’t familiar with how Sudoku works, here’s the basics:

Start with a 9×9 grid that has 9 3×3 grids built into it. There are some numbers already added in to get you started. They can be helpful, or annoying depending on how well you fit your numbers in.

You will need to fill every column and row of the 9×9 grid with 1-9, all numbers used once.

Make sure you fill each 3×3 grid with 1-9, all used just once.

I found myself having to move some numbers around after I got through the grid. The grids are a good challenge, but also good for beginners.

There are 33 puzzles to choose from. You can have the game randomly pick a puzzle for you, or choose one yourself. There are also bonus puzzles.

If you don’t have numbers on your Kindle keyboard, you can use the letter equivalents: QWERTYUIO instead of 1-9. I think the only people who will have to use this are Kindle 1 owners. I have a Kindle 2, and there are numbers on my keyboard.

From the main menu, you can change your settings to reflect the numbers or letters, depending on what keyboard you have.

The 5-way toggle button is the main tool to use. You can use it to annotate and insert the numbers. I like the font they use for the numbers. It makes them look more like they’re handwritten.

There are a couple of alternative choices for you if you want to try other Sudoku like games in addition to Red Hot Sudoku.  I encourage you to try EA’s version, and Futoshiki. Futoshiki is awesome, and adds a new twist with < and > symbols.

The one review available is by a professional puzzle maker.  The reviewer provides good insight on what can be done to make the puzzles trickier.   The interface is great.  I hope more reviewers will post because I’m curious to know what they think about this one compared to the other Sudoku Kindle games out there.  It is also good to get perspectives from players of all skill levels.