KenKen Vol. 1

KenKen Vol. 1 is a logic puzzle similar to Sudoku, but it has a lot more factors involve that make it more challenging.

There are four difficulty levels: easy, medium, hard, and expert.  The puzzle grids get bigger and bigger. So far I’ve completed some 3 x 3 grids and am working on a 4×4 grid.  The grid size doesn’t reflect on the difficulty level necessarily.  I saw some easy puzzles that consisted of an 8×8 grid.

The size of the grid determines what numbers you’ll use.  So for a 3×3 grid, you’ll just use 1-3.  Numbers repeat horizontally or vertically.  There are also sections within the grid that are called cages.  In these cages you’ll see a mathematical symbol along with a number.  So, if therre is a 10+, all of the numbers in the cage have to add up to 10.  So, just an extra bit of puzzle fun to be had.

This game is a lot more interesting than basic Sudoku games.  the graphics are very clear and easy to see.  You can annotate the squares before you make your final decision on what number to puz in.  they’ll show up as tiny numbers.  Navigation is through the Kindle’s 5-way toggle button.  The cages are well highlighted, so you can’t miss them.

There are a ton of Sudoku and other similar games out there for Kindle.  I think for the mos part they’re all worth checking out.

KenKen Vol. 1 has excellent reviews.  the game fits well into the look and feel of the Kindle and does a good job of guiding the user throughout each level.

speakfriend

“I learned how to do ken-ken in the Reader’s Digest. This version is great, because you can easily put notes in the squares, keeping track of all the possibilities. The sudoku game I bought for my kindle was difficult to use, but this is fabulously easy. I bought it a week ago, and I have completed almost all the puzzles. Now I am going back and redoing the ones I used clues to finish, trying to get a star! When will we get Vol. 2? I can’t wait!”

delta

“I love how comprehensive Kenken is; there are so many levels to prepare you to the ultimate toughest level. I enjoy the challenge very much. The paper look of Kindle help creating the ‘classic and important’ feeling to the game. I’m addicted to the game soon enough, promising myself to solve all the puzzles. Thumbs up for the game! “

Poker of the Dead

Poker of the Dead is the craziest poker game I’ve ever seen.  The instructions were really amusing with all of the zombie, dead, and lack of brains commentary.

Poker of the Dead is a good short poker game.  I just went along with it and won a few games.  I encourage you to read the instruction manual and follow the tutorial.  They’re very helpful in explaining everything you need to know about the game.  There is a list of all of the poker terms: flush, call, fold, etc that serves as a good reference.  I need to take a look at these in more depth so I actually know what I’m doing half the time.

So, in the game itself, you’re trying to race the zombies to win before they eat your brains.  Your choices are to Call, Raise, Fold, or All In.  You can’t use the All In one until you’ve won three times.

You have seven days.  Each day, your units increase.  So, when you make a call, it is worth $10 on the first day, and goes all the way up to $500 in the end.

There is also a list of Challenges you can choose from.  The Kindle’s 5-way toggle button will get you to where you need to go for everything in the game.  Poker of the Dead includes a tutorial, but it’d be great if there was an advisor available like there is in Texas Hold ‘Em.

The zombies are really creepy looking.  They certainly look the part.  Be sure to grab Poker of the Dead soon.  It is on sale for a limited time along with other Halloween themed Kindle games.

So, overall, Poker of the Dead is certainly not a full blown poker game, as reviewers mentioned, but it is certainly a good mental break.

Poker of the Dead is available on the newest Kindle, as well as older models.

dac7442

“‘I’m giving Poker of the Dead a full 5 stars, because there’s nothing more I’d ask from the game. It’s not a full blown Texas Hold’em game, doesn’t pretend to be one, but instead, gives the game its own special gameplay that works really well on the non-touch Kindles. The game can easily and comfortably be played casually using the 5-way controller. It’s fun for short time periods, or extended play (try to beat your own score). Killing zombies by going all-in is fun and different.”

B. Fontane

“Very clever, enjoyable game, and plays fast. Becoming my goto game between books for a quick poker break.”

Slingo

I can definitely see why a vast majority of the reviews for the Kindle version of Slingo say it is addicting.  I would play it all night if I could.

Slingo is a mix of slots and bingo.  You spin the tiles and match them up with the row above it.  There’s a 25 tile grid that is broken up into columns and rows of 5.  All of the tiles have random numbers on them.

Jokers are wild cards.  If you get that in the slot tiles, you can match it up to any of the above tiles.  You can use the Kindle’s 5 way toggle to navigate the game and initiate a spin.

You may also use the Kindle’s keyboard to spin the slots. Press “S”.  That’s the obvious choice.  Speaking of the cursor, I think it needs to be more prominent.  It took me awhile to find it.  That might be different for someone who has normal vision, as opposed to one who is visually impaired.

Aside from the cursor, the graphics are crisp and clear.  The numbers are really easy to see.  At the top, there is a guide that tells you when you’re out of spins, and if you’ve won bonus points.

Ellen Bridges

“I was really surprised to see “SLINGO”, an old favorite of mine, suddenly available for my Kindle. Years ago I had a hand-held version, and to this day it had remained my favorite Slingo. The newer ones have gone off on too many tangents. I’m happy to report that this version of Slingo is almost the same as the original!”

Kindle games have done well in matching the look and feel of old favorites.  I’ve seen this sentiment in quite a few reviews of other Kindle games in addition to  Slingo.

So, to sum it up this is definitely a great game to add to your Kindle game collection.  It is easy to master, addictive, and a fun way to pass the time.

A.M. Hill

“Make sure you have ample battery life, because you’ll be at this for quite some time. I didn’t read any reviews before I bought this, but I wish I had. This is TOTALLY addictive and you won’t be able to stop. I have other games, however none come to mind that I’ve practically spent almost 48 hours playing! Egads, I can’t imagine what Amazon will top this with. Two of my favorites Slots and Bingo? Good luck if you don’t heed the warnings.”