Big Holiday Kindle Game Sale

I wrote an earlier post about the holiday themed Kindle games that were released at the beginning of December.  Now, with the holidays upon us, there are several more that have been added to the collection.  All games are going for a great deal at $.99.

Christmas Cocoa Stand is a unique strategy game for all ages.  The object of the game is the sell the most cocoa each day.  In order to do so, you have to maximize the flavor and keep track of how many customers you have.  The better your cocoa tastes, the more customers you’ll get.  It is a good way to teach kids some simple business tricks.  Yet, it also provides enough challenge to make it enjoyable for adults.  This game is one of the top rated in the list of holiday games.

If you’re looking for some adventure, check out Mystery Castle: Winter’s Night.  Mystery Castle; Dawn of Illusion’s Monty returns to tackle the demons of the Ice Palace.  Build bridges and blow up barriers with bombs.  Lots of fun with a wintery twist.

 Mahjong Solitaire Holiday Edition is similar to the original version that consists of uncovering matching tiles.  This game takes a little strategic thinking because you can’t just uncover any tile.  Tiles can be matched when they’re not attached to adjoining tiles.  There are 10 games to choose from with two holiday sets.  So, instead of matching up shapes, you’ll be matching up pictures that go with the season.  This game is compatible with the Kindle Touch.

Snakes Christmas is just a holiday themed version of the simple game: Snakes Basic.  The object is to collect as many pellets as you can without running into your growing tail.  It gets a bit tricky once the snake gets longer, and you can make it go faster in the medium or hard levels.

If you’re planning a trivia night or are spending a lot of time in the car over the holidays, Ultimate Christmas Quiz might be a good game to try.  HandyX has a number of quizzes and all of them can be quite challenging.  So, this is a great game for teens and adults.  Test your knowledge on all things Christmas, and see how well you do.  The questions tend to run in strings of hard ones, then an easy one will pop up to give you a breather.  you can challenge yourself further by adding a timer.

Puzzazz is offering a holiday collection of word games for free called Puzzazz Holiday Gift.  The collection includes word searches and Sudoku and Wordoku puzzles.

Not a bad collection of holiday games for Kindle.  All are available for Kindle devices up to the 4th generation with a few available for the Kindle Touch.  The $.99 sale runs until January 2.  Happy Holidays!

Ultimate Halloween Quiz

HandyX has a number of subject based quizzes that cover literature, science, nature, math and pop culture.

It is only natural that they would add a Halloween Quiz to their growing collection.  Out of all of the Halloween Kindle apps, I’m the most excited about this one because it can make for a fun trivia night.  Get ready for some spooky trivia fun!

Ultimate Halloween Quiz might be more geared towards adults and teens than kids because of the challenging nature of the questions.  There were a number of movie titles that I didn’t recognize, but a horror movie buff would probably know a lot better.

Usually the quizzes are set up so that you might go through a string of really hard questions, then get an easy one.  I laughed out of comic relief when I got the first easy one.  Know anything about witches?

So here’s a little sample of the types of questions I’ve seen.  There are 500 total.  That is about half the amount that are in the other quiz games. I’ve seen questions about Halloween movies, candy, history, and magic, and more.

Did you know that there is such a thing as Rocky Road crunch bars?  I’ve only heard of Rocky Road Ice Cream.  The unique questions even for something like candy certainly makes Ultimate Halloween Quiz a lot more interesting.

The game is set up as:   Continuous and Round by Round Untimed, and Continuous and Round by Round Timed.  I prefer working through the whole set at my own pace because I don’t do as well against the clock, but others might prefer to work on both speed and knowledge.

The Round by Round set up would be perfect for a Halloween party.  I’m thinking teams that can race each other to answer each question.  The team with the most right answers win.  It would work well on an individual competition basis.

The navigation is through the Kindle’s 5-way toggle button.  Use it to select your answer, then the game will prompt you to select your final answer.  With the movies I just guessed my way through, but found that if I went with my gut instinct, I got more right.  Some of it can be done through context as well.

I didn’t have any problem figuring out where to select my answers.  If you are new to the game or Kindle games in general, there is a help guide available.

Ultimate Halloween Quiz is only 0.99, and is available on the latest generation $79 Kindle, as well as earlier models.

 

 

 

Ultimate Shakespeare Quiz

All of HandyX”s Kindle quizzes are set up the same way, and Ultimate Shakespeare Quiz is no different.  I took a Shakespeare class in college as part of my English major, and going through the questions in this app reminded me of a lot of the plays and ideas I learned in that class.

Ultimate Shakespeare Quiz includes questions about a great many of Shakespeare plays, as well as additional facts from the sixteenth century.

There are plays mentioned that everyone recognizes such as Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet, as well as more obscure plays that are not quite as familiar unless you are a fan of Shakespeare’s plays, or have taken a class on them.

You can play either casually through all 1000 questions, or you can go round by round.  If you want to test your speed, you can use the timer.

When you go through the questions, you’ll go through a string of hard ones, and then get a really easy one.  It is almost like comic relief.

The hardest questions for me were the quotes from the plays.  You really need to be familiar with the different plays: Merchant of Venice, King Lear, etc, in order to answer the questions. But one trick that helped me was knowing the characters’ names.

HandyX really presents a good challenge with their Kindle quizzes.  I’m not sure very many children can answer them, but they’re great trivia for adults on a long car ride or any other similar type situations.

So, overall, I was able to refresh my memory from Shakespeare class, and also learn new and interesting terms and definitions from Shakespeare’s time.

Electra

“I got this for my Kindle at a great deal. This game is the most begged for in our car as well as for afternoon activities. It came in handy one morning when we were dealing with a neighborhood crisis and my 10 year old grabbed my Kindle. I think She is half way through and only missed 3 questions. I’d recommend this for all parents who want to supplement their children’s education and since it is on the Kindle it is quiet when you need your children to be quiet. Though in our case my children get loud over who said what in Hamlet or a Midsummer”s Night Dream and a few others that they are quite familiar with.
This game is addictive!”

Ultimate Shakespeare Quiz is now compatible with the latest generation keyboardless Kindle.

Cocktail Mixer

Did you know that there is a Cocktail Mixer app for the Kindle?  No more flipping through cumbersome books to find cocktail recipes!  I am especially excited about this one.  It includes both alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks.  So, it is a real treat for all ages.  Not to mention, it is cheap!

There are 350 drinks to choose from.  I’m sure bartenders would laugh at me for being so in awe at the size of the collection. From an amateur’s point of view, that is quite a selection to choose from.  Now that it is finally Fall, the Apple Strudel and Apple Cider slider sound especially good.  There are cocktails for every season.  Check out the Cocktail Browser section for cocktails by theme or occasion.

Of course, when you first enter the program, it reminds you to drink responsibly.  There are coffees and other sweet non alcoholic mixed drinks available for kids or non drinkers.

You can search Cocktail Mixer’s database in several ways.  Search by cocktail name or by the alphabetical index.  You can also search by cocktail ingredient.  Do you have random ingredients sitting in your kitchen that you don’t know quite what to do with?  There might be a cocktail in Cocktail Mixer’s database that can use those ingredients.

You can also enter up to three ingredients and come up with available drinks that use them.  There are drinks for every occasion.  From casual to formal, breakfast to nightcap, Cocktail Mixer has it covered.

Cocktail Mixer is very easy to navigate with the Kindle’s toggle button.  Use it to switch through the selections, and use the keyboard to search for drinks you may already have in mind by typing in the first letter.  The quick searching and easy to read recipes make this Kindle app a great reference guide.

The recipes are easy to follow and don’t require much preperation effort.  I can’t wait to try some more of the drink flavors out.  In addition to the apple flavored drinks, the coffees and mint flavored drinks sound delicious.

Maybe HandyX or another Kindle developer can create a recipe database for food and desserts.  I think it would be awesome to have an “quick cooking” recipe guide.

I am eager to hear how others like Cocktail Mixer, and their experiences with trying different recipes.  I am always amazed at the ideas developers come up with for the Kindle, and this one is quite creative.

 

 

 

Ultimate Music Quiz

The Ultimate Music Quiz was a lot harder for me than it might be for someone who is more in tune with pop culture and famous music icons.  I love music, but I tend to pay a lot more attention to the songs and how they’re played, than the singers behind them.  I guessed my way through a lot of the questions, but at the same time, I learned a lot about famous singers and bands from the past 40 years.  It would be cool if HandyX made a Classical Music edition.  I know a little more about classical composers than modern ones.

There are a good mix of questions from new and old music: the Bee Gees, Elvis, Beach Boys, The Beatles,, Aaliyah, Beyonce, and much much more.

As with the rest of the Ultimate Quiz topics by HandyX, there are 1000 questions.  they range in difficulty, but all of the questions are mixed up.  You may get an easy question in the middle of a string of hard ones.  How difficult the questions really are, depends a lot on your music knowledge.

The interface and overall design of Ultimate Music Quiz are very simple and easy to use.  Just use the Kindle’s 5-way toggle button to select and answer each question.  the questions are aall written in a large, easy to read font.

There are two trivia types to choose form.  Continuous and Round by Round.  There are also separate versions of each of these if you want to play with a timer.

Ultimate Music Quiz is best for ages 13 and up.  Both teenagers and adults can enjoy these questions because it covers such a broad span of history in the music world.

There is one review so far.  I’d like to see more people post reviews so there can be a better idea of what people from varying degrees of musical knowledge think of Ultimate Music Quiz.

.If you aren’t that into music, but enjoy nature, movies, or even poetry, there are other similar trivia games: Ultimate Movie Quiz, Ultimate Nature Quiz, and Ultimate Shakespeare Quiz by HandyX that are worth checking out.

juju-meister

“I bought this book for my Kindle and love it. I take it along anytime we are going on a road trip. My husband is a music lover and he likes me to read the questions to him while he is driving. It helps keep us both alert on the road.”

Ultimate Math Skills Quiz is now compatible with the latest generation keyboardless Kindle.

Ultimate Math Skills Quiz

So many kids either struggle or dislike solving math problems.  Math is so much more fun when it is part of a game.  Ultimate Math Skills Quiz for the Kindle is a worthwhile math game for kids of upper elementary school  and middle school age to try.

All of HandyX’s Kindle quiz games are set up pretty much the same way.  Ultimate Math Quiz has four sections: Continuous, Round by Round, and then Continuous and Round by Round with Countdown.

I’m more of a casual player, but using the timer can be a great way of improving speed and accuracy.  This can come in handy as practice for timed standardized tests.

There are 1000 math questions in Ultimate Math Quiz.  they are not basic addition and subtraction.  They’re more upper  elementary level math with fractions and division.  The questions range from basic math to algebra and geometry.  Wow, it would have been great to have such interactive supplements to my math homework when I was in school.

The graphics are excellent.  You just follow the game’s lead when it prompts you to move throught he questions.  You can consult the help section if you need it, but for the most part, everything is pretty intuitive.  The Kindle toggle button is the only button you’ll need.

There are other math game son the Kindle worth checking out: Math Star and Flashcards: Basic Math for Kids.  Each of them have their own game styles.  So I think they are all worth checking into.  The more math practice kids can get early on, the better off they’ll be later on.

HandyX also has other quiz games in different subjects such as nature, music and literature.  They’re all set up the same way, and are quite challenging.  In addition to quizzing children on their knowledge, they’re great refreshers for adults as well.

So, I encourage you to check out Ultimate Math Quiz and the other math and other subject related games on the Kindle.  They’re fun, interactive, and best of all, cheap.

readalotta

“It requires higher level math skills and thinking, rather than rote memorization of basic math facts. Questions include subjects such as: probability, exponents, value of x, negative numbers, the value of angles, reading a bar graph, order of operations, just to name a few… I also like that you get to choose between three possible answers, and they show you the correct answer if you make a mistake. Very happy my 7th grader will finally have a math game to play! ”

Ultimate Math Skills Quiz is now compatible with the latest generation keyboardless Kindle.

Ultimate Nature Quiz

Wow, Ultimate Nature Quiz was hard!  I only got about 10 out of 20 correct with my first try.  You choose between continuous questions or round by round.  There are 1000 questions total, so the continuous one will go through all of them.  Once you finish, you’ll definitely know science and nature really well.

You’ll get a string of really hard questions, but then there will be a really easy one to provide some relief.  I spent a lot of time guessing.  I don’t know about you, but I find that a lot of the time, my gut choice is the right one.  The format is multiple choice.

In some ways, kids might be able to answer these questions better than adults.  Facts from earth science is fresher on their minds.  Who remembers their dinosaurs and amphibian facts?

I learned a lot of interesting trivia as I navigated through the questions.  Some questions are tricky because the answers are ones you’d least expect.  Keeps the brain working.

The questions you get correct get cleared from the database.  If you get them wrong, they’ll show up again later. The Kindle’s 5-way toggle navigates you through the questions.  If you want to improve on your speed, you can add the countdown timer.

Everything is pretty easy to navigate.  The questions are clear, and you can easily make your selections.

The only real suggestion I have for future editions is that maybe Ultimate Nature Quiz can include separate sections for varying levels of difficulty.  Easy, medium, and hard sections would provide a learning experience for people of all knowledge abilities.

I wish there were more reviews so that there can be a better reflection of how people feel about Ultimate Nature Quiz.  If you love trivia, especially science trivia, I recommend this one.  It won’t set you back too much at just $2.

Evangelina Claridy

“Since I got the Ultimate Nature Quiz I can’t put it down. I even find myself playing it more than I read my books.
I have been asking my sons and husband questions from it and they try to see who is going to get the right answer.
Even when I went to the local library, the librarians and I were playing it! We had so much fun! One of the librarians even wrote down the name of the game so that she can purchase it after purchasing her own Kindle! Best buy I’ve done so far since I bought my Kindle a month ago. 🙂 ”

Ultimate Nature Quiz is now compatible with the latest generation keyboardless Kindle.