Kindle 4 Apps

Not all Kindle applications work on the newest Kindle 4 model without a keyboard ($79 with special offers and $99 without). If you are purchased apps in the past for your Kindle 2 or Kindle 3, these apps will show up in the “Archived Items”. But when you will try to download them you will get a message telling you “Item Not Available – This item is not available for this device type”.

Amazon has foreseen that trying to use apps designed for physical keyboard on a device that doesn’t have it will not be enjoyable. So they hand-picked 20 applications that don’t rely on keyboard and would do just fine with 5-way controller.

If you just purchased Kindle 4 or planning to and are wondering which apps will run on your device, here’s a list of 20 (out of 145) Kindle app titles that do well without a keyboard:

I’ll keep updating this list periodically and will update app reviews themselves with list of Kindle platforms that app supports.

Blocked

Blocked is a simple game with no frills and is easy to learn.  I was able to pick up the rules really easily, and the look and feel of the game is a good fit for the Kindle’s interface.

Basically, all you need to do is move blocks out of the way so one particular block can move through the opening and off the board.  The special block that you need to move off the board has a thick border around it.  You can’t miss it.  You use the Kindle’s 5-way toggle button to move the blocks.

When you highlight a block with the 5-way toggle, they’ll display arrows that show you which way you can move them.  Its pretty obvious by just looking at the position of the block.  The horizontal ones go horizontal and the vertical ones go vertical.

It depends on what you are looking for in a game.  If you want something to pass the time on a rainy day or a quick teaser to get your through the morning subway ride, this one’s for you.  If you want something more complex, I suggest checking out the large collection of Kindle games out there.  There are a number of fun adventure games and puzzle games that will give your brain a good workout.

I beat the easy levels pretty quickly.  I took a leap and just tried the “really hard” level and it took me a few minutes to beat it.  So, its a challenge but not overly so.

This is a good game for children because it isn’t too difficult to pick up.  Yet, it is challenging enough to let them brush up on strategy skills.

The tutorial is really helpful.  When I first took a stab at the game without any direction, I was a little confused about what was happening.  But, the tutorial explained it very well, and guided me through an example game.

You’ll also notice that Blocked has “minimum moves”.  This gives you an idea of how many moves you’ll need to use to solve each level.  The easy level has maybe, 3 or 4 moves.  The harder ones have around 20.

Some reviews say Blocked is too simple, others say it is fun and addicting.  It is only .99, so you wouldn’t expect the graphics of a $4.99 game.  But, the graphics are good for the game’s purposes.  I agree about the comments regarding the runaway cursor, but it didn’t take away from my completing the game.   Maybe the game can be expanded to include more exciting objects than just plain blocks.  Blocked is off to a great start, but lets hope to build on this idea and create more fun and exciting puzzle games!

Blocked is now compatible with the latest generation keyboardless Kindle.