CodeWord

All I can say about CodeWord  for Kindle is, “wow”. I went in expecting to knock out a bunch of simple words and be done with the game in about 30 minutes.

That certainly wasn’t the case. There are 50 codeword puzzles and 50 cryptograms. So, you have a good sized selection. Be ready to put your brain to work because the vocabulary is quite challenging. You will find proper nouns and short phrases in there to shake things up.

The codeword puzzles are crossword puzzles basically. The game provides a few letters to get your started. At the bottom there is a grid and you fill in the letters that go with the numbers on the puzzle.

So, for example, for the number 9, you’ll find it on the puzzle, figure out what letter fits best in that particular block. If you can figure out the word from the ones already there, you are good, but be careful, the same number will be in other words too, so you will fill that same letter in for multiple words.

Cryptograms is really hard, especially for someone new to it like me. You have to figure out phrases by different famous figures such as Charles Dickens, Aristotle, or Helen Keller. The hard part is that you have to figure out what letters match up to the ones there. For example, for “A”, the letter to fill in might be “E”.

As for the graphics, they are really crisp and easy to see. The 5-way cursor moves easily through the grid. It took me a minute to figure out that I have to navigate the grid at the bottom, not the puzzle itself.

There are clues available, but use them sparingly because they penalize your time if you use them. If you get really stuck and want to give up, you can have the game just give you the whole solution. I did this for the first game just to get a better idea of what kind of words I was looking for. You can access these options by pressing “menu”.

BarbZ

“Display is great, easy to use, no delays, navigation is simple. You’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll go through the puzzles. I’ve had mine for 2 days, and I think I’ve completed more than 10 puzzles already. ”

If you enjoy crosswords, you’ll love CodeWord. It is a great way to expand your vocabulary and exercise your brain.

Panda Poet for Kindle

The latest addition to the Kindle game scene is Panda Poet.  Panda Poet is just about as creepy as it sounds.  However, the reviews are excellent and it comes from Spry Fox.  They hit the jackpot with their hit game Triple Town that came out a couple of months ago.

Panda Poet is a word game sort of like Scrabble.  You place letters on a board to form a word.  A panda is formed when you form a word in an open space on the board.  If you form a word near another panda, it makes the panda grow.  As the panda grows, new letters appear around the panda.  Your goal is to get the biggest panda or the longest word possible.

Here’s the catch: every time you form a word, the other letters on the board go one step closer to expiring.  Letters usually last about four to five rounds.  If a letter expires, it is replaced with a skull and limits the panda’s growth in that direction.  So, not only do you have to create the longest word possible, you have to think about where to place words to get the most letters before they expire.

I was amused at the way the pandas look as they grow.  One reviewer pointed out that the pandas are basically rectangles.  But, would this game be as interesting if it was just called the Rectangle Poet?  You also have to keep in mind that Spry Fox has only a monochrome e-ink screen to work with.  Maybe penguins will be next?

The scoring is a bit complicated, and one reviewer said that the “Help” screen could use some work.  However, you can easily pick up the gist of the game through playing.  Panda Poet is a fun, addicting game well worth the 3 bucks.

Check out the Panda Poet Kindle review on the Kindle Review Blog.