The two biggest advantages for the Kindle version of Chess are portability and that it is good for beginners.  The instruction manual is very thorough.  It takes you step by step through the rules and the explains the role of each chess piece.  For a complete novice like me, this was very helpful.

As for portability, having Chess available on the Kindle makes it easy to play on long car rides without worrying about losing a bunch of pieces.  You can play with the Kindle or a person.

As I play Chess more often, I will definitely need to keep the instruction book handy to help me remember what all of the pieces do, and what directions they can move in.  Want something simpler?  Try Checkers.  there is a great Kindle version of Checkers available, and it is also made by Oak Systems.

The graphics are pretty decent.  The pieces are black and white.  White always goes first.  There are ten difficulty levels.  So, the game can be fun for players of all levels.  If you need to pause or abandon a game, you can just resume it right where you left off when you come back.

The only major drawback to the Kindle version of Chess is that the board has to be so small to fit the screen.  So, it is harder to keep up with all of the pieces and the different directions they go in.  You also don’t have full control on what pieces you can upgrade to.  I think that is an issue with most computer and electronic games.  If you want full control over every aspect of the game, it is better to play it on the actual board.


“Here are some things to consider:

Good things:
1) If you leave a game in the middle and put your Kindle to sleep, it remembers and gives you the option to resume the game the next time you open it, which is a nice feature.
2) It doesn’t seem to suck up very much battery on my K2, which I was worried about.
3) It has a good display at the bottom which shows the pieces taken by each side and the moves in standard notation.
4) You can ‘take back’ moves which is good if you’re a beginner. (OK, I cheat sometimes too when I’m fooling around trying different tactics.)

Poor things:
1) It doesn’t seem to have book openings, as other reviewers have said, which is slightly annoying.
2) It likes to exchange pieces, even when losing (which is not a good tactic, and typical of some chess programs).
3) When you advance your pawn to the 8th rank, it automatically gives you a Queen instead of giving you an option as per the rules of chess (there are certain times when you don’t want a Queen, such as when it results in an instant Stalemate). ”






Kindle Checkers

Kindle Checkers is another app that is likely to emerge quickly. I’t pretty much the same deal as with chess. Being able to play against Kindle CPU if you are beginner or against web-service. Controlling the game with 5-way controller is even easier since there are only 32 squares to choose from as opposed to 64. Also because the game is not as complex Kindle CPU would be able to provide more of a challenge to a human player.