5 in a row

If you are looking for a simple, no brainer kind of game, 5 in a row is your game. There is also a built in version called Gomoku that is on the Kindle 2 and 3. You can press either alt+shift+m or g.

The object of 5 in a row is to get your game pieces: “x” or “o” all lined up either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. By default you are “x”, and you will always go first. There are three difficulty levels: easy, medium, and hard all determine how accurate the A1 moves are. So, the harder the difficulty level, the more fine tuned the Kindle’s moves will be.

To me, the thing that puts 5 in a row above the built in version is the graphics. They’re bigger and easier to see. Another difference is that there are three difficulty levels in 5 in a row as opposed to one in the other one.

I thought the game was okay, and the simplistic nature fit the object of the game. The easy level is a good warm up. It is easy to win, but it also teaches you strategies. The 5 in a row direction that I usually forgot about was the diagonal direction. So, the Kindle did manage to get me there.

I wish there was a smoother way to fill in the blanks. My 5-way toggle selection was all over the place. This might be better on newer Kindles though. With that said, you use the 5-way toggle button to navigate to the square you want, and to select it.

5 in a row did not get good reviews. I think the two major things that it could use are bigger graphics and an option to play a human instead of the Kindle. Otherwise, it is just a simple, time filler game.

5 in a row is available on the latest generation Kindle, as well as older models.

Ed Pegg

“My first game was on Easy. The computer opponent played over in the corner, far away from my stones, and I got 5 in a row right off. “Uh-oh,” I thought.

But on Hard, it took me over a hundred moves to win in my first try.

5 in a row, go-moku, renju, gobang, pente, caro, omok are all variants. This does not use the Pente rule (capping a line of two opponent stones captures them). This does not seem to use the “three and three” rule either (two simultaneous lines of three forbidden). This seems to be a pure 5-in-a-row game.”