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.

Match Genius

Many of you might remember playing the card game where you lay down a certain number of cards facedown, and you try to find two that match until you have revealed all of them. It is a good game to work on memory skills.

Match Genius for Kindle is the same idea. Except with this game, you are matching geometric shapes instead of the numbers on playing cards.

I recommend that you start with the easy level and work your way to Genius. Easy consists of a 5×5 grid. I completed it pretty quickly. If you uncover a Joker, it matches any symbol, like a wild card.

As you move up in difficulty level, the grids get bigger. The Genius level consists of a 10×10 grid. I went ahead and gave it a try, and it sure does require some powerful memory skills!

When you first enter the game from your Kindle’s Home screen, you’ll be in the Main Menu. I encourage you to review the “Help” section before you begin because it does a good job of explaining the rules and navigation in Match Genius.

One thing you’ll need to watch for is the details of the geometric shapes. They appear to match at first, but one might have a different shading that would make it not work. So, that adds a more challenging twist to the game.

The graphics are good in Match Genius. The only issue I had was with the 5-way cursor. I had to be careful about how long I needed to hold it down, or I’d accidentally hit the wrong card. So, watch out for the runaway cursor and make sure you’re selecting the right card!

I didn’t notice this problem when I was playing the game, but there were quite a few complaints about the cards leaving a “ghost” of their symbol behind when they flip back over.

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“If you turned over two cards, say a square and a circle, and they are obviously not a match, they turn back over but you can still see a faint imprint of the square and circle. Once you see the imprint, you can’t stop seeing it.”

I’m guessing this is probably an issue with the way the Kindle e-ink works.  I’m sure the upcoming updates on both this game, and the Kindle product line, this issue will be resolved.

So, overall, Match Genius is a great game for all ages and skill levels.

Match Genius is now compatible with the latest generation keyboardless Kindle.