Dusk World

Dusk World has been around since Amazon started offering games on the Kindle. So, it is interesting to compare it to some of the other interactive fiction games out there and see how the games have improved over time.

Dusk World is an interactive adventure book where you determine the outcome of the story. The main character is Agent Patriot. Agent Patriot was convicted of a crime he has no memory of committing. the goal of the game/story is to figure out who actually committed the crime and who framed the agent.

The story is mostly white on black, which is unusual, and fits the overall mood of the Dusk World. Navigation is pretty simple. You just have to follow the lead of the story as it asks you questions on what choices to make. There’s a few comic like pictures that are mixed in. Always good to have some pictures in there to give a better idea of what you’re working with. Some of them are quite scary!

If you really like interactive game books, you should also check out the Fighting Fantasy series. They have a number of good stories to choose from. Another set of game books to try is the Choice of Games selection.

The only major downside to these games are that they are all pretty short. The good news is that there is a growing collection of them. So, they may be short, but there is a good variety.

Interactive fiction is a great way to get kids to read who otherwise would not show any interest. It engages them in a way that most traditional books can’t do. They also have a video game like quality to them, that can really draw you in.

So, great game for a good price. Dusk World has started an interactive fiction revolution.

tonya

“Love this interactive graphic novel! I will agree with some of the other reviews…the story and interactive content is a bit thin, but I see great potential for future books. The novelty of it has won me over (it brings back my childhood love of comics) and I think the younger readers could be drawn to this type of Kindle book (with the right content, of course). Writers/artists…get cracking!! ”

Rover

“I expected this to be more of a straight up choose your own adventure type book, but it is more complex than that. It is like a mashup between a comic book, those old text interactive fiction games, and a choose your own adventure book. Not only can you choose what to do, you can make a lot of choices about who you talk to and what you say. There are even combat sequences (sort of)!”

Nonograms

With Nonograms, you are basically fitting pieces of a puzzle together so that all of the pieces will match the numbers assigned for the grid.

For example, if one grid has numbers, 6 1, then you need a row of 6 black squares and 1 black square separated by a white one.  The squares fit into the numbers assigned for both vertical and horizontal rows.

If you would rather not pay a few bucks for this type of puzzle game, you can check out Amazon’s own logic game: Pixel Perfect Puzzles.  It is a free version of Nonograms, and has great reviews.  The major difference is that Picture Perfect Puzzles creates actual pictures, whereas, Nonograms is a randomly generated grid.

Because of the pictures created in the Pixel Perfect Puzzles game, I would think you’d be able to complete the puzzles a lot faster because of context clues.  It is a matter of preference as to what puzzle is better.

In Nonograms, you use the spacebar to mark a black box.  If you want to undo it, you can either hit spacebar again, or clear it with the toggle button.  You can also put a dot in the squares as a placeholder with the toggle button as well.

At the bottom of the screen, you’ll find keyboard shortcuts for items such as hint and solution.  They’re easy to remember: “H” and “S”.  If you decide to use these, and the clock is running, they will stop it.  So, that particular game will not be scored.

I enjoyed the game.  It was easy to pick up once I got started.  If you like logic games, this would be a good fit.  It works fine with the Kindle platform.  The graphics are good.  If you try the free version first and want more puzzles, Nonograms is is a great choice.

K Wagner

“Of the 3 versions for Kindle. I like it best. First, there are no silly pictures, only randomly generated grids in 3 sizes 10 by 10, 15 by 15, or 20 by 20. You will never be finished with it. Two, input is really easy, use the 4 way function to move to a square, press the space bar to make it “black”, or any key directly above the space bar to make it “not black”, there are also 2 other possibilities-“maybe black” or “maybe not black”.

There are only 1 or 2 drawbacks, every 5th gridline is not heavily drawn and I find the 20 by 20 to be a little too small for my eyes especially without every 5th gridline not being heavily drawn.”