Jewel Quest Solitaire

Jewel Quest Solitaire is a lot of fun, and for newbies to the game, it includes one of the best tutorials I’ve seen so far in the Kindle game collection.

Most of yo are probably familiar with the basic Solitaire game, and its variations.  Jewel Quest Solitaire is a much more interesting form of the game.

Your goal is to remove all of the piles of cards with the highest points possible.  There are different ways to get more points: play cards of the same suit, use the wild cards, and more.

Remove the cards from the piles and put them over the Foundation pile cards in ascending or descending order.  If there aren’t any cards that fit this criteria, then you have to draw ones until they come up.

Jewel Quest Solitaire involves a bit of strategy when you determine what cards to add to the Foundation cards.  Some are stand alones, others reveal more cards.  Check the “rules” section for more information on what the best strategies are.

One added twist on Jewel Quest Solitaire is that it is kind of like a scavenger hunt of sorts.  As you complete each game, you unlock more, and every game gets you close to discovering Professor Percy Pack’s lost jewels.

The newer the Kindle, the better the graphics are going to be.  You use the 5-way toggle button for all navigation.  When you first get into Jewel Quest Solitaire, a tutorial will guide you through each step of the game.

The only major complaint I have about Jewel Quest Solitaire is that sometimes it was hard to see what cards were marked.  So I had to look around to try to find the one that was selected.  Again, this probably is not such a big issue with the newer Kindles that have crisper e-ink displays.

Jewel Quest Solitaire is a really new game: just released in September, 2011.  So, there hasn’t been much time to build up reviews.  I think it will be a big hit, and a fun game for all ages.


“Jewel Quest Solitaire for the kindle is very similar to the PC version of the game which I love. The game movement is very smooth and intuitive and there are 70 unique levels which makes it a great value. If you like solitaire games- this is one of the best on the market.”

Jewel Quest Solitaire is now compatible with the latest generation keyboardless Kindle.


Kindle 4 Apps

Not all Kindle applications work on the newest Kindle 4 model without a keyboard ($79 with special offers and $99 without). If you are purchased apps in the past for your Kindle 2 or Kindle 3, these apps will show up in the “Archived Items”. But when you will try to download them you will get a message telling you “Item Not Available – This item is not available for this device type”.

Amazon has foreseen that trying to use apps designed for physical keyboard on a device that doesn’t have it will not be enjoyable. So they hand-picked 20 applications that don’t rely on keyboard and would do just fine with 5-way controller.

If you just purchased Kindle 4 or planning to and are wondering which apps will run on your device, here’s a list of 20 (out of 145) Kindle app titles that do well without a keyboard:

I’ll keep updating this list periodically and will update app reviews themselves with list of Kindle platforms that app supports.