Puzzle Pack 1

Puzzle Pack 1 includes a good variety of word games to choose from. I think it is is a good set of games to learn on since the puzzles are not too hard to start off with, and the whole game is only a dollar.

Puzzle Pack 1 includes eight games that range in difficulty from easy to challenging.

The games are: Sudoku, Word Search, Cryptograms, Compass Point, Crosswords, Symbol Block, and Criss-Cross

I like how this pack uses less familiar names or words. For example, in Criss-Cross, it used countries such as Estonia and Tobago.

Coming into the game, I was not very familiar with Symbol Block and Compass Point. Both are fairly easy to grasp. With Compass Point, you need to know your directions and fill in letters accordingly. Don’t be like me and get your East and West mixed up!

With Symbol Block, you’ll have to move a selected block around to cover a set of symbols that are all different. It takes a bit of maneuvering with the cursor to figure out where the set of unique symbols are, but I had fun with this one.

Then of course, you have your most common games: Sudoku, Word Search, and Crosswords. For avid players of thee games, I suggest that you go for the Kindle games that focus on each of these games. They include a broader selection of the individual games and include more difficult levels.

I especially liked having all of the games together in one pack so I could flip through them easily if I get tired of one and want to try another.

The graphics are okay. They could be crisper, but that is probably just a difference with the Kindle 2 and 3 models. For the purpose of this particular game, they work fine. When you first start each game, you’ll find helpful instructions to guide you. With these instructions, I was able to catch on pretty quickly.

Of course, you have hints if you need them. However, you lose points if you use them or give up on a game altogether.

I thought it was really easy to navigate with the 5-way toggle. button. That can’t be said for all Kindle games.

And to sum it up…

Jessica D

“If you like word games like this – these are great. The navigation is simple, there are tons of puzzles included (over 100), and the app doesn’t drain the battery. Perfect for long car trips or plane rides! “

Mahjong Solitaire

Mahjong Solitaire is a fun puzzle game for Kindle. Before I tried the game, I thought it was going to be similar to the card game, but it the “Solitaire” part of the title is kind of misleading in terms of that association.

You need to match tiles until they’re all gone. The tiles are stacked up kind of like stair steps. You have to match tiles have one side free and does not have a tile on top of it.

The Easy level is just a set of tiles that consist of one letter or number. You shouldn’t have too much trouble matching those. The hardest part is getting across the tiles to match one from each end.

The Traditional level has more complex images and symbols. It even has foreign characters.

When you first get into Mahjong Solitaire, you will be in a main menu. There is a selection called “Instructions” that tells you how to play the game and provides shortcuts.

In each game you have 3 hints and 3 shuffles. Shuffling means that you can switch the tiles around, which might make it easier to match them. If you mess up, you can always undo your move.

The graphics are well done. I like the Jungle theme. Overall, navigation is pretty intuitive. Don’t let the cursor get away from you. That is a common issue with all of the Kindle games, at least it is for me.

You also have a variety of tile layouts to choose from. The stacks are arranged in a number of ways. Some are more straightforward, others are more complex. Pick the one that fits your preferences.

The following reviews show that this game has a lot of variety and can be played by anyone regardless of technology abilities.

Sam

“This game has gotten me through quite a few 7+ hour rides. What I’ve really come to appreciate about this game is that it’s always different. With other Kindle games you only get so many puzzles before you have to start repeating, not so with Mahjong! Fantastic game, and a must-have for me. ”

P.M. Scogin

“Wasn’t sure how this would work on the kindle but for the price, why not? I love it and it’s kept me amused more times than I want to count in waiting rooms and doctor’s offices. Great game, easy to use even for an old techie illiterate broad. Hope these folks come up with some more fun stuff cause I’ll be standing in line to buy it. “

Match Genius

Many of you might remember playing the card game where you lay down a certain number of cards facedown, and you try to find two that match until you have revealed all of them. It is a good game to work on memory skills.

Match Genius for Kindle is the same idea. Except with this game, you are matching geometric shapes instead of the numbers on playing cards.

I recommend that you start with the easy level and work your way to Genius. Easy consists of a 5×5 grid. I completed it pretty quickly. If you uncover a Joker, it matches any symbol, like a wild card.

As you move up in difficulty level, the grids get bigger. The Genius level consists of a 10×10 grid. I went ahead and gave it a try, and it sure does require some powerful memory skills!

When you first enter the game from your Kindle’s Home screen, you’ll be in the Main Menu. I encourage you to review the “Help” section before you begin because it does a good job of explaining the rules and navigation in Match Genius.

One thing you’ll need to watch for is the details of the geometric shapes. They appear to match at first, but one might have a different shading that would make it not work. So, that adds a more challenging twist to the game.

The graphics are good in Match Genius. The only issue I had was with the 5-way cursor. I had to be careful about how long I needed to hold it down, or I’d accidentally hit the wrong card. So, watch out for the runaway cursor and make sure you’re selecting the right card!

I didn’t notice this problem when I was playing the game, but there were quite a few complaints about the cards leaving a “ghost” of their symbol behind when they flip back over.

kalonkakon

“If you turned over two cards, say a square and a circle, and they are obviously not a match, they turn back over but you can still see a faint imprint of the square and circle. Once you see the imprint, you can’t stop seeing it.”

I’m guessing this is probably an issue with the way the Kindle e-ink works.¬† I’m sure the upcoming updates on both this game, and the Kindle product line, this issue will be resolved.

So, overall, Match Genius is a great game for all ages and skill levels.

Match Genius is now compatible with the latest generation keyboardless Kindle.