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.”

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.”

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.

Kids Classic Card Games

Kids’ Classic Card Games is true to its title.  It includes old familiar card games such as War, Old Maid, Go Fish, and Crazy Eights.

If you aren’t familiar with any of these card games, you can play in tutorial mode.  I used it to refresh my memory on the rules, and to get a feel for how this particular version is played.

In War, you go back and forth comparing the numbers on your cards.  The player who gets the highest card wins and gets all of the cards from that round.  If you both get the same card, it is war.  That just means that you put down three cards face down and one face up.  The winner gets all of the cards.  This cycle goes on until one player gets the whole deck.  It is pretty simple.  I got a little bored with it after awhile.  This particular game just doesn’t have the same feel on the Kindle as it does with physical cards.

Everyone is probably familiar with Go Fish, and lots of kids learn it at a young age.  In Kids’ Classic Card Games you play against three other players.  Use the tutorial to help you leanr how to ask certain players for the cards you need to create matches.

Crazy Eights is a lot like UNO.  You just have to match up your cards with the one in the center pile by suit or number.  Eight is a wild card.  The first player who runs out of cards wins.

Old Maid is pretty simple.  Each player starts with 13 cards, with one holding 14.  The extra one is the Joker, and it doesn’t have a match.   With each turn, you give a card to the player on the left.  All cards that are matched up get discarded.  Once everyone runs out, whoever ends up with the Joker loses and is the Old Maid.

Overall, I thought this game was designed well, and is pretty intuitive as far as navigation goes.  You just use the 5-way toggle, and are playing against the Kindle’s auto generated players.  A couple of additional games to add that might appeal to older kids: Black Jack and Hearts.

Candace Kiekhefer

“I puchased this game today and was not disappointed. I think Sonic Boom did a fine job putting this together. All 4 games use a standard deck of cards to play with. The cards themselves are very clear and easy to read. Each game plays in a timely manner with no lagging on Kindle’s part. There are no complicated control moves to learn. I have played each of the games and they all play the way we all learned how to play them when we were kids.”

Kids Classic Card Games is now compatible with the latest generation keyboardless Kindle.

Ultimate Shakespeare Quiz

All of HandyX”s Kindle quizzes are set up the same way, and Ultimate Shakespeare Quiz is no different.  I took a Shakespeare class in college as part of my English major, and going through the questions in this app reminded me of a lot of the plays and ideas I learned in that class.

Ultimate Shakespeare Quiz includes questions about a great many of Shakespeare plays, as well as additional facts from the sixteenth century.

There are plays mentioned that everyone recognizes such as Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet, as well as more obscure plays that are not quite as familiar unless you are a fan of Shakespeare’s plays, or have taken a class on them.

You can play either casually through all 1000 questions, or you can go round by round.  If you want to test your speed, you can use the timer.

When you go through the questions, you’ll go through a string of hard ones, and then get a really easy one.  It is almost like comic relief.

The hardest questions for me were the quotes from the plays.  You really need to be familiar with the different plays: Merchant of Venice, King Lear, etc, in order to answer the questions. But one trick that helped me was knowing the characters’ names.

HandyX really presents a good challenge with their Kindle quizzes.  I’m not sure very many children can answer them, but they’re great trivia for adults on a long car ride or any other similar type situations.

So, overall, I was able to refresh my memory from Shakespeare class, and also learn new and interesting terms and definitions from Shakespeare’s time.

Electra

“I got this for my Kindle at a great deal. This game is the most begged for in our car as well as for afternoon activities. It came in handy one morning when we were dealing with a neighborhood crisis and my 10 year old grabbed my Kindle. I think She is half way through and only missed 3 questions. I’d recommend this for all parents who want to supplement their children’s education and since it is on the Kindle it is quiet when you need your children to be quiet. Though in our case my children get loud over who said what in Hamlet or a Midsummer”s Night Dream and a few others that they are quite familiar with.
This game is addictive!”

Ultimate Shakespeare Quiz is now compatible with the latest generation keyboardless Kindle.

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.

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.”

My Yoga Studio

My Yoga Studio is the best app out of the whole fitness collection by Nickel Buddy. The biggest reason is that they have well written instructions for each exercise in the routines.

Each exercise is a yoga pose. You can use the routines that are built in, or you can design your own. I think it is good to know a little bit about yoga before attempting My Yoga Studio so that you don’t do any poses incorrectly. Sometimes exercises done incorrectly can cause injuries.

As the program warns, see a doctor before attempting any of the routines. My Yoga Studio is geared more towards adults.

The graphics are good. Just follow the prompts. The program will automatically move on to the next pose unless you pause it yourself. Use the menu options to pause the routine.

There are three routines to choose from with multiple poses within them. There is a picture that displays the pose, and instructions to describe the poses in detail.

The biggest complaint against all of the programs in Nickel Buddy’s Kindle fitness collection are that they have no audio signal. Yoga is such a calming, peaceful exercise program, that it is a little disruptive to have to keep checking the Kindle when you change poses. Audio is a good suggestion for upcoming updates to the device and to the program.

So, overall, aside from a few tweaks here and there, My Yoga Studio is a great program to use on the go. No extra equipment is required, but it might be helpful to have a yoga mat if you can’t find a comfortable surface to do your exercises on. It is inexpensive, easy to use, and fits in well with the other Kindle exercise programs available.

L Mccartney

“Overall My Yoga Studio is very easy to use and it is easy to make your own routines. However…..it would be much better if it was an “Audible” app. A little music and and audible indication of what the next movement is, or, at the very least, a beep or tone to indicate the time to move to the next movement would be great! ”

Lisa Venn

“Tip for Kindle Apps and Amazon — Make these apps so we can download them not only to our Kindles, but also to our laptops using Kindle software. The bigger screen and ability to move laptop screen to whatever angle you need is important to get the most out of this app and other apps. Propping up the kindle can be annoying. ”