Poker of the Dead

Poker of the Dead is the craziest poker game I’ve ever seen.  The instructions were really amusing with all of the zombie, dead, and lack of brains commentary.

Poker of the Dead is a good short poker game.  I just went along with it and won a few games.  I encourage you to read the instruction manual and follow the tutorial.  They’re very helpful in explaining everything you need to know about the game.  There is a list of all of the poker terms: flush, call, fold, etc that serves as a good reference.  I need to take a look at these in more depth so I actually know what I’m doing half the time.

So, in the game itself, you’re trying to race the zombies to win before they eat your brains.  Your choices are to Call, Raise, Fold, or All In.  You can’t use the All In one until you’ve won three times.

You have seven days.  Each day, your units increase.  So, when you make a call, it is worth $10 on the first day, and goes all the way up to $500 in the end.

There is also a list of Challenges you can choose from.  The Kindle’s 5-way toggle button will get you to where you need to go for everything in the game.  Poker of the Dead includes a tutorial, but it’d be great if there was an advisor available like there is in Texas Hold ‘Em.

The zombies are really creepy looking.  They certainly look the part.  Be sure to grab Poker of the Dead soon.  It is on sale for a limited time along with other Halloween themed Kindle games.

So, overall, Poker of the Dead is certainly not a full blown poker game, as reviewers mentioned, but it is certainly a good mental break.

Poker of the Dead is available on the newest Kindle, as well as older models.

dac7442

“‘I’m giving Poker of the Dead a full 5 stars, because there’s nothing more I’d ask from the game. It’s not a full blown Texas Hold’em game, doesn’t pretend to be one, but instead, gives the game its own special gameplay that works really well on the non-touch Kindles. The game can easily and comfortably be played casually using the 5-way controller. It’s fun for short time periods, or extended play (try to beat your own score). Killing zombies by going all-in is fun and different.”

B. Fontane

“Very clever, enjoyable game, and plays fast. Becoming my goto game between books for a quick poker break.”

Picture Cross Volume 1

Picture Cross Volume 1 is a good game for the Kindle.  The graphics aren’t perfect, but I still think it is worth checking out.

If you’ve played Pixel Perfect Puzzles by Amazon, or Nonograms, then you’ll pick this up pretty quickly.

Basically, you fill in squares on a grid that when completed, create a picture.  The rows and columns have numbers in them that tell you how many black squares you need to fill in. It takes a little bit of strategic thinking to decide which ones are the easiest to fill in first.  I found the puzzles challenging, but not overly so.

In Picture Cross, you use mostly keyboard shortcuts to fill in the squares.  At the start, all of the squares are gray.  To turn the square black, press “E”.  To turn it while, press “W”.  To turn it back to gray if you’ve messed up, press “Q”.  I’m not sure what the logic is for using E instead of B for black, or Q instead of G for gray.

As far as the set up of the game goes, I think everything is placed so that they’re really easy to see.  All of the keyboard shortcuts are listed at the bottom.  The grid is pretty big.  One aspect of it that I think needs improvement is determining how many squares are filled in.  I had to use a hint because I didn’t realize I had filled in 5 squares when I really needed only 4.

There are three pixel puzzles available for the Kindle.  Pixel Perfect Puzzles and Nonograms are the other two.  For more information about Nonograms, check out my review of the game that I wrote not too long ago.  Pixel Perfect Puzzles is free.  Nonograms cost a few bucks, and is just a randomly generated puzzle instead of a picture.

Picture Cross Volume 1 is available on the latest generation of the Kindle, as well as older models.

Meredith Klein

“I purchased this game after finishing Amazon’s free version. I loved that one so much, that when I found more, I was ecstatic. This version, though loaded with far more puzzles, just doesn’t live up to the Amazon version.

Cons:
Ambiguous pictures
Different buttons than Amazon version

Pros:
WAY more games

I would probably buy this again, but I would not have your expectations as high as the Amazon version, because it is, in reality, much different.”

TeresaW

“After enjoying Pixel Perfect Puzzles so much, I’ve been waiting for more nonogram games. I miss some of the PPP features as the other reviewers documented, but for $1, it’s fine until Amazons comes out with more PPP’s. “

Mystery Castle Dawn of Illusion

Mystery Castle: Dawn of Illusion is not one of the best Kindle games out there, but it is still a fun logic maze game.  In the spirit of Halloween it is currently only .99.

When I first arrived in the game I had to select the first puzzle.  Once in the puzzle, Monty the Wizard meets the knight, who explains Monty’s mission. You are Monty, and your goal is to unlock each maze and progress through the castle.  To do this, you have to pick up 5 skulls and exit out of the skull door.

If you want a more detailed instruction manual, press Menu and choose “Instructions” from the list.

Mystery Castle is not just an average maze navigation puzzle game.  You’ll need to use some logic to make sure you don’t use up all of your keys before all  of the doors are unlocked.  I immediately fell into this trap.

I think the graphics could use some improvements.  For me at least, it was kind of hard to tell what things were.  The skulls and keys were a little light, and the doors didn’t look that much like doors.  This may be just due to the fact that I am currently using an older Kindle model.  The e-ink display is much better on newer models.

The navigation is through the 5-way toggle button.  Monty moves in a continuous fashion, and as he passes by the objects, they automatically get picked up.

Common thoughts throughout all of the reviews were that the graphics need improvement, a hint system would be helpful, and there weren’t enough mazes.

I  think Mystery Castle has a lot of potential to be a really good game if it makes the suggested improvements.

Mystery Castle: Dawn of Illusion is available on the latest generation Kindle as well as older models.

Candace Kiekhefer

“I think this is a very fun game to play. Well worth the $1.99 price. My only complaint is that there are no hints as to how to solve the levels. I am currently stuck on a level and haven’t any idea how to get by it. I agree with the other reviewer when they said an update with hints or even solutions would be nice. This is why I only gave the game 3 stars. I don’t mind having to figure out solutions but sometimes a little hint is needed when the solution just doesn’t come to you. ”

Ed Pegg

“In short, all of these puzzles are mazes. You must find a particular route, and if you pick up keys or open doors or collapse floors in the wrong order, you’ll likely arrive at a dead end. These are frequently called Logic Mazes, or Multistate Mazes. Expect to do a lot of starting over until you get the hang of it.”

Address Book

Address Book is a good little tool for Kindle to store and retrieve the addresses of people you interact with often.

The user interface is quite simple.  Use the Kindle’s 5-way toggle button to select the correct tab: New Contact or Favorites.  In New Contacts you can navigate to the New Contact text input box.  Fields include the standard name, address, email, phone number, etc.

Underneath the New Contacts and Favorites, you’ll also see a search box.  I like that 7 Dragons took the time to include “type here to search” because that simple phrase explains exactly what you need to do.

So, the navigation is mostly done through the 5-way toggle button and the Kindle’s keyboard.  The user interface is simple, clear, and easy to read.  I hope that there will be a Kindle 4 version out soon.

There is another comparable Kindle address book app available that is worth a try.  Contacts is a more elaborate address book, and was developed by A Gamz.  It has great reviews, but is a dollar more than Address Book.  It just depends on how much you want in an address book.

I think one of the biggest advantages to an electronic address book like Address Book is that you don’t have to worry about constantly erasing addresses for people who move all the time.  I have moved about every year the past few years, so it is nice to just reenter my address without wearing down the paper.  A couple of other perks: it gets stored on your Kindle’s account.  So even when you switch Kindle’s you’ll still have the app.  Since it is on your specific account, it has a greater layer of security.  The other is portability.  Paper address books can get clunky.

Ed Pegg

“Use is simple. All major Email services (Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail) will let you store your contact list (built from emails) in VCF or vCard format. Save that to your computer, then upload to your Kindle. Both programs give detailed instructions.”

DMR48

“This address book is VERY FLEXIBLE in adding information . Just have to play around with it a bit. You can add more than one phone number/ email address for each person. Easy to look up a persons information, by first or last name, friend , family or co-worker. Just what I was looking for. Even can add birthdays ! Great to have when you are away from your home, and you can have someones email addresses, phone numbers and addresses right at your finger tips. (A wish I have had for along time when I am away from my home or out of state)”

Ultimate Halloween Quiz

HandyX has a number of subject based quizzes that cover literature, science, nature, math and pop culture.

It is only natural that they would add a Halloween Quiz to their growing collection.  Out of all of the Halloween Kindle apps, I’m the most excited about this one because it can make for a fun trivia night.  Get ready for some spooky trivia fun!

Ultimate Halloween Quiz might be more geared towards adults and teens than kids because of the challenging nature of the questions.  There were a number of movie titles that I didn’t recognize, but a horror movie buff would probably know a lot better.

Usually the quizzes are set up so that you might go through a string of really hard questions, then get an easy one.  I laughed out of comic relief when I got the first easy one.  Know anything about witches?

So here’s a little sample of the types of questions I’ve seen.  There are 500 total.  That is about half the amount that are in the other quiz games. I’ve seen questions about Halloween movies, candy, history, and magic, and more.

Did you know that there is such a thing as Rocky Road crunch bars?  I’ve only heard of Rocky Road Ice Cream.  The unique questions even for something like candy certainly makes Ultimate Halloween Quiz a lot more interesting.

The game is set up as:   Continuous and Round by Round Untimed, and Continuous and Round by Round Timed.  I prefer working through the whole set at my own pace because I don’t do as well against the clock, but others might prefer to work on both speed and knowledge.

The Round by Round set up would be perfect for a Halloween party.  I’m thinking teams that can race each other to answer each question.  The team with the most right answers win.  It would work well on an individual competition basis.

The navigation is through the Kindle’s 5-way toggle button.  Use it to select your answer, then the game will prompt you to select your final answer.  With the movies I just guessed my way through, but found that if I went with my gut instinct, I got more right.  Some of it can be done through context as well.

I didn’t have any problem figuring out where to select my answers.  If you are new to the game or Kindle games in general, there is a help guide available.

Ultimate Halloween Quiz is only 0.99, and is available on the latest generation $79 Kindle, as well as earlier models.

 

 

 

Mahjong Solitaire Halloween Edition

Mahjong Solitaire Halloween Edition is a fun and much spookier version of the Original Mahjong Solitaire for Kindle.  The set up is exactly the same except for the labels on the tiles.

If you are new to Mahjong Solitaire, let me give you a basic run down of how the game is played.  There are sets of tiles arranged in stacks, or stair steps.  Your goal is to remove al of the tiles from the board by matching them up.

Tiles can be removed when both left and right sides are free, or are on top of the stack.  the matches can go across the stacks, in other words, the tiles don’t have to be in the stack to match them.

There are 13 tile sets, and there are two Halloween themed ones.  Scary and Super Scary.  Scary is just tiles with spooky letters.  Super Scary is a mix of Halloween characters.  The face one gives me the creeps, but that’s the point, right?

If you get stuck, try the Hint feature.  Use the Kindle’s 5-way toggle button to select and match the tiles.  Mahjong Solitaire Halloween Edition is pretty intuitive.  I think the Halloween characters: witches, ghosts, pumpkins, etc are easier to distinguish on the board.  So, you don’t have to worry about matching up the wrong tiles.

A computer version of Mahjong Solitaire has been around since the early 1980’s.  The game has gone under several names, It is loosely based on a Chinese game called Turtle.  There are Windows Vista and Windows 7 versions called Mahjong Titans.  It is primarily a computer game, but there is also an actual wooden tile form as well. more

The good part about the Kindle edition of the Mahjong Solitaire games over the PC and wooden versions is that they are fully portable.  You can play them in the car on a long trip, on the beach, or during long waits in the doctor’s waiting room.  Speaking of traveling, I’m sure there will be plenty of that during the holiday season.

Mahjong Solitaire Halloween edition is a fun game for all ages.  It could be a good, safe family activity for Halloween.

It would be neat to see more holiday versions of Mahjong Solitaire.  I’m sure that is in the works.

The Halloween games for Kindle are having a .99 sale, so grab them while you can.  There are no reviews yet.  I’m eager to see what others think.

Mahjong Solitaire Halloween Edition is compatible with the latest generation keyboardless Kindle, as well as older models.

Futoshiki Halloween Edition

Futoshiki is one of the top rated Kindle games to date.  I see it mentioned in reviews of other games.  The game itself gets high marks.

The good game gets even better with it’s Halloween Edition.  Instead of your standard grid, you get to look at spooky trees and other Halloween themed goodies.  The only thing I think would be even more fun, is to add floating objects that would go across the grid at random times.

If you are new to Futoshiki, it is basically Sudoku with an extra feature: greater than and less than symbols. Don’t be intimidated by them.  I’ve heard that they’ve actually been very helpful in solving the puzzle.

If you need help at any time, feel free to refer to the help manual or the Hint feature.

Braintonik Games has done an excellent job with the graphics.  They’re even very crisp on the earlier Kindle models.  The grids are big enough so they’re easy to see, and the < and > symbols are easy to find as well.

There are a ton of Sudoku puzzles available for people who like logic games.  I’ve seen many reviewers say that the Futoshiki games are much better.

Navigation is primarily through the 5-way toggle button as per the usual with Kindle games.  There are 120 puzzles in four levels of difficulty.  These levels are easy, medium, hard, and expert.  The grids get bigger as the difficulty level increases.  As a novice at logic style games, this one will keep me occupied for awhile.

So, add Futoshiki Halloween Edition to the growing collection of halloween themed Kindle games.  All of the Halloween Kindle games are currently just .99 for a limited time.  I’m guessing that by limited time, Amazon means until Halloween.

B.L. Parks

“Futoshiki and Blossom (both are Braintonik games) are two of my favorite games on my Kindle. The Halloween Editions of both games contain all new puzzles and the Halloween graphics are cute without being in the way. If you enjoy logic puzzles, you will likely enjoy both of these games. Futoshiki is a number logic game (don’t worry, no math involved) kind of similar to sudoku…Customer support at Braintonik is exceptional. I’ve written to them a couple of times to ask questions about their games and the response has been prompt and friendly every time. “

Futoshiki Halloween Edition is available on the latest version keyboardless Kindle, as well as older models.

Blossom Halloween Edition

If you aren’t familiar with Blossom, it is a connection game. The original Blossom game connects flowers to a watering can.  There are a variety of pipe irrigation games that go back to the 1990’s at least, and are available on the PC.

Just in time for Halloween, Braintonik Games is offering a Halloween edition of Blossom. Instead of flowers, there are pumpkins. The pumpkins connect to a witch’s cauldron, and the potion makes them turn into jack o lanterns.

I’d be interested to learn how these games are designed to see how Braintonik can make the pumpkins become jack o lanterns, and how the flowers bloom.

Blossom Halloween Edition is addicting. The hard part is making sure you get all of the pipe connected. I spent a long time rearranging them so they all can connect. The pipes are L or T shaped.  So it takes a bit of finagling to get them to fit every part of the puzzle.

There is a hint feature that can help you out along the way. I definitely made good use of it.  It will fill in some of the pipes for you.

Navigation is primarily done with the Kindle’s 5-way toggle button. Just like with the original Blossom, you’ll use it to connect the pipes. The only time you really need the keyboard is to hit “H” for the hints.  Be careful with how much you play this game.  Turning the shapes around with the toggle button constantly might wear it out.

There are 120 puzzles ranging in difficulty level from easy to expert. The grid size increases as the difficulty level increases. If you need to pause or rest a puzzle, you can just press “menu” and the options to do so are there.  Even the beginner levels present a bit of a challenge, so you have plenty of puzzles to keep you for awhile.

The graphics are decent, but the pipes might could be a little easier to see. The newer the Kindle, the more crisp the display is, however.  Blossom Halloween Edition would be a great game for a color device device as well.

So grab this game while it is so inexpensive because it isn’t going to be  for too long.  It is a great game for all ages, and can be a fun Halloween activity for the whole family.

Blossom Halloween Edition is compatible with the $79 keyboardless Kindle, as well as the older models.

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.”