Word Quest

Word Quest is basically a huge set of Word Search puzzles.  I really enjoyed playing this game because it does a good job in guiding you through the game, has awesome graphics, and includes customizations.  Out of all of the word and number puzzle games, word searches are my favorite.

When you first start Word Quest, you will get a prompt that will ask if you want to review the instructions.  I think that is is a good idea to review them because they have tips and suggestions that you might not know about by just playing the game.

Basically, there are 50 puzzles ranging in difficulty levels.  Each of the puzzles have themes.  Example:  Spring/Summer.  The word list is huge, so if you restart the same puzzle, you’ll get a different set of words, or the same words in different locations.  In typical word search fashion, the words are hidden vertically, horizontally, and diagonally.  Some are backwards.

Select the words with the Kindle’s 5-way toggle button.  Select the beginning and end letter and it will highlight the whole word.  You can customize how you mark each word.  Some might prefer not marking the word at all on the grid, but instead have it marked off on the list.

Word Quest includes font size adjustments.  This is a feature that I wish all Kindle games had.  Some are so small I have to squint to read the letters.  You can also change the font style.  I really like how there are so many controls that are in the hands of the user.

There are a ton of word game puzzles on the Kindle.  You can also try Word Search.  It also is a good game.  But, Word Quest is my favorite out of all of the word games.  Not too shabby deal for just $2!

There needs to be more reviews.  Word Quest is over two months old, so I hope more people will give it a try and share their experience.

Ed Pegg

“I’ve liked several programs by Compulab (Calendar, Peg Solitaire), so i thought I’d check out this one.

It’s a fairly standard word search puzzle. In each, use the 5-way locator to pick the first and last letter of a word. That word is then circled, and crossed off the list.

There are 10 each of Casual (12×12), Apprentice (13×13), Pro (14×14), Expert (15×15), and Masters (16×16) level, for 50 puzzles in all.”

 

Peg Solitaire

Peg Solitaire has the best ratings that I have seen so far.  It is really inexpensive, but you definitely get a well executed game for that great price.

I spent a few minutes looking over the instructions.  They explain the basics of the game well.  You’ll also notice some personalizations such as “quick move” and “animations” that can make the game better fit your preferences.  Fancy graphics are great, but they can also take away from the flow of the game.  So I’m one who prefers speed over graphics.  But, others might feel differently.

Have you ever noticed the little coffee table peg solitaire games?  This is the same idea, but the pegs are arranged in a variety of different shapes.  There are linear shapes that only allow you to move your peg horizontal or vertical, or triangular based shapes that allow a lot more moves.

Your ultimate goal is to skip over all pegs and remove them from the board, except for one in the double highlighted square.  Arrows tell you what direction you can go.  The game is complete even if you make it to the last peg without landing in that special square, but it will prompt you to decide whether you want to play again to see if you do make it.

In a lot of Kindle games, when pieces are moved around, they leave a shadow or trail.  Peg Solitaire doesn’t do that.  The pegs move very smoothly.  The color contrast is well done.

Clueless Nerd

“You get a wide variety of puzzles and the interface is very easy to use. You can easily “undo” moves when you can see you’re on the wrong track as will definitely happen when you try the harder ones (or if you’re like me even the easy ones). And even better, it’s about the price of a soda. You would spend at LEAST 5-10 times that amount of money for a solitaire board IF you can even find one these days. ”

There is another Peg Solitaire game for the Kindle that is created by Nice Games.  It is a dollar cheaper, but quality wise, it doesn’t quite measure up to the Compulab version.  The Compulab version also has more games and a better variety.  But, if you want more games, you have this one available to you.

Another idea for future version: pegs with fancier shapes.  Something interesting to look at while playing.  But at the same time, they don’t want to be so elaborate that they would slow down the game.

Peg Solitaire is now compatible with the latest generation keyboardless Kindle.