Battleship

Battleship is the latest to join top quality Kindle games by Electronic Arts.  It is one of my favorite games from childhood, so I am stoked to see it on the Kindle.

Battleship is a two player game, and each player strategically places ships around the board.  The object is to destroy your opponent’s ships before they can destroy yours.

The best part about the Kindle edition of Battleship is that it is much more portable.  The regular version includes a bunch of bits and pieces that can be easy to lose.  Lots of family fun to be had, especially with the heavy travel going on during the holiday season.

The Kindle edition includes three different modes: Classic, Salvo, and Superweapon.  Classic is the traditional battleship game with opponents going back and forth with one shot.  Salvo allows for the amount of shots as ships you have available.  Superweapon has multiple shots going at once.  I can imagine how much fun and chaotic that mode can get!

There are quite a few customizations in that can be applied based on the player’s preferences.  The ships can be placed automatically, or manually.  You can also choose to play against the Kindle, or against a friend in Pass ‘N Play mode.

All navigation is done via the 5-way toggle button.  It did get away from me at times when trying to position my shots, but overall it worked fine.  The graphics are great.  There is a well written help section if you need it.

The only thing I wish the Kindle could do with Battleship is call out the coordinates and ships sunk like the original version does.  That is one of my favorite parts of the game.

This is a really good time to grab any of the Electronic Arts Kindle games because they are going for a steep discount.  Normally $4.99, they are all currently $.99.  So, stock up while they’re cheap.  Electronic Arts has some of the best games out there for the Kindle.

Battleship is available on the latest generation Kindle, as well as earlier models.

Battleship has the best reviews so far that I’ve seen in awhile.  Nothing less than 5 stars.

J. Chambers

“I loved to play the old board game version of Battleship when I was a kid many years ago. Since then I’ve played it in a number of electronic versions, but the Kindle is a perfect platform for this game. The 5-way controller is all you need to choose where to attack the enemy ships, and the monochrome graphics are excellent for displaying the ship locations.”

 

 

POGO Hearts, Spades, and More

POGO Hearts, Spades and More is a lot like the games you find on your Mac or PC.  There are five games included in the Kindle version: Hearts, Spades, Euchre, Gin, and Canasta.

Hearts is the one I’m the most familiar with.  The goal is to finish the game with the fewest points possible.  The card to avoid is the queen of spades.  This will add 13 points to your score.  If a player gets up to 100 points, they automatically lose.

In Spades, you pair up into two teams.  The team that bids and wins the most number of hands wins.  You have to play against the Kindle for all of the games in POGO Hearts, Spades and More.  They present a challenge, but not overly so.

Euchre is played in pairs as well.  the goal of this game is to get as many tricks per game as possible.  In order to get a trick, you have to play the highest trump card or highest card in the suit if there is no trump card.

The object of Gin is to make sets of cards based on matching rank or runs in suits.  The player with the most matches wins.

In Canasta, each player makes sets of seven cards.  The first player to make sets out of all of their cards wins.

There is a very detailed tutorial included, and when you begin a game for the first time, it will prompt you to decide whether you want to try the tutorial or not.  I haven’t played any of these card games in a long time so it was good to have a refresher.

Most of the EA games are top quality, and Pogo Hearts, Spades, and More is no exception.  Everything was crisp and easy to see.  the only drawback is that it only lets you play Kindle players as opposed to playing with friends or family.

Topaz22

“I play these games regularly on POGO and was delighted to find them packaged for my Kindle. They are fun, easy to play, and the response time on the Kindle is excellent. The graphics are good and navigation is easy. I have also downloaded (and love) other EA games and am thrilled to have these card games available. I have test driven all 5 of them and they play very smoothly, as I expected they would. Euchre is my favorite. Just one more thing to compete with my reading time! ”

Becky B

“Love it….now let’s get a Blackjack game that has at least 3 to 4 players. It’s hard to put down! Was playing it in a restaurant and now one of the servers wants to buy a Kindle! “

Yahtzee

When I first saw Yahtzee available on the Kindle, I was curious as to how it would work, because it relies so much on rolling dice.  I think of Yahtzee as a past paced, quick thinking type of game.  The Kindle version puts a new spin on it to make it suitable for this particular platform.

EA has done a good job with the Kindle version.  Of course, your goal is to get 5 of a kind to get Yahtzee.  It doesn’t matter if it is 5 ones or 5 sixes, you still get 50 points.  I encourage you to read the instructions that explain all of the combinations that you can achieve to get points: 3 of a kind, 4 of a kind, full house, chance, or yahtzee.

You get a “chance” when your combinations don’t fit in any of the other categories.  Choose this option, and you add 20 points to your score.

The only real complaint I have about Yahtzee is that it is slower than most Kindle games.  That is to be expected with all of the stuff it needs to have to make it work.  I think it works best on the newest Kindles.  I am impressed that EA was able to pull off such a dynamic game on the Kindle.

I give high marks for the graphics.  They’re very crisp and easy to see.  If you ever get stumped during a game and need to refresh your memory on how to do something, then just press the menu button, and the help section is one of the options.

One thing to note: pressing the back button does not take you out of your game. You have to press menu, then “go to main menu.”

The only button to know to play Yahtzee is the toggle button.  Keyboard shortcuts would be useful so this button doesn’t get overused, but it gets you through the game.  You use it to select and move from upper to lower levels.  The upper level contains the dice.  The game will tell you when to roll.  The lower level has the categories.

Jackie-the-Greyhound

“It’s the same, fun game from way-back..and with about 5 minutes looking at the help menu and another few times to adjust to the controls it is pretty easy to work with on the Kindle.

It would be nice if you could use the keyboard for more, almost everything depends on the 5 way and it can get a little off due to a slight visual lag, hence the 4 instead of 5 star review. ”

Yahtzee is one of the pricier Kindle games at five bucks.  Funny to think of that as pricey, considering how much standard video games are.  If you hit it just right, you probably can catch it on sale.  Amazon holds 99 cent game sales from time to time.

Monopoly

Monopoly is the most well known board game in the world.  You can play it in the original board game format, on the computer, on your smartphone and on the Kindle.

The Kindle version of Monopoly has a good set up, but can use a few tweaks here and there to make it easier to navigate and find your playing pieces.

I think the “Help” section is great, and it is very useful for getting the feel for the game on the Kindle platform.  Also, try ” Tutorial” when you first start.  It gives you direction throughout the game.

The graphics are decent.  I agree with the many reviewers who said it was difficult to distinguish between your piece and the opponent’s because they aren’t marked very well.  It took me a minute to find mine on the board.

As you know, Monopoly is a really addicting game, and can last forever if you let it.  The Kindle version is no different.  Countless reviewers remarked how addicting it is.  You can play against the Kindle, or you can Pass ‘N Play with your friends and family.

I remember, before the Kindle came out, I’d have to travel with the original board games, and there was always a good chance that we’d lose pieces along the way.  With the Kindle, and even with the smartphone versions, you no longer have to worry about losing pieces.

As with many Kindle games, this one requires heavy use of the 5-way toggle button.  Future adjustment suggestions could be to utilize the keyboard more so you don’t wear out the toggle button.

The Kindle version of Monopoly is customizable.  You can create “House Rules” to determine whether players get extra money for passing “Go” and more.  You also have three levels of game difficulty ranging from easy to hard.  Whether these levels are actually easy or hard depends on the skill levels of the players.

Scott from Detroit

“The game delivers the true Monopoly feel. Computer AI is, for the most part, rather logical. Graphics are crisp and clear. Screen draws and navigation aren’t too slow.

Some added bonuses include the ability to have multiple human and CPU players at the same time, custom house rules, and the ability to choose what game pieces the AI uses. ”

I can definitely see a great potential for improvements in Monopoly as the Kindle product gets upgraded.  Right now, the game is listed at its full price: $4.99.  Be on the look out for sales.  It has been marked as low as .99 occasionally.