Peg Solitaire

Peg Solitaire has the best ratings that I have seen so far.  It is really inexpensive, but you definitely get a well executed game for that great price.

I spent a few minutes looking over the instructions.  They explain the basics of the game well.  You’ll also notice some personalizations such as “quick move” and “animations” that can make the game better fit your preferences.  Fancy graphics are great, but they can also take away from the flow of the game.  So I’m one who prefers speed over graphics.  But, others might feel differently.

Have you ever noticed the little coffee table peg solitaire games?  This is the same idea, but the pegs are arranged in a variety of different shapes.  There are linear shapes that only allow you to move your peg horizontal or vertical, or triangular based shapes that allow a lot more moves.

Your ultimate goal is to skip over all pegs and remove them from the board, except for one in the double highlighted square.  Arrows tell you what direction you can go.  The game is complete even if you make it to the last peg without landing in that special square, but it will prompt you to decide whether you want to play again to see if you do make it.

In a lot of Kindle games, when pieces are moved around, they leave a shadow or trail.  Peg Solitaire doesn’t do that.  The pegs move very smoothly.  The color contrast is well done.

Clueless Nerd

“You get a wide variety of puzzles and the interface is very easy to use. You can easily “undo” moves when you can see you’re on the wrong track as will definitely happen when you try the harder ones (or if you’re like me even the easy ones). And even better, it’s about the price of a soda. You would spend at LEAST 5-10 times that amount of money for a solitaire board IF you can even find one these days. ”

There is another Peg Solitaire game for the Kindle that is created by Nice Games.  It is a dollar cheaper, but quality wise, it doesn’t quite measure up to the Compulab version.  The Compulab version also has more games and a better variety.  But, if you want more games, you have this one available to you.

Another idea for future version: pegs with fancier shapes.  Something interesting to look at while playing.  But at the same time, they don’t want to be so elaborate that they would slow down the game.

Peg Solitaire is now compatible with the latest generation keyboardless Kindle.

 

 

Blocked

Blocked is a simple game with no frills and is easy to learn.  I was able to pick up the rules really easily, and the look and feel of the game is a good fit for the Kindle’s interface.

Basically, all you need to do is move blocks out of the way so one particular block can move through the opening and off the board.  The special block that you need to move off the board has a thick border around it.  You can’t miss it.  You use the Kindle’s 5-way toggle button to move the blocks.

When you highlight a block with the 5-way toggle, they’ll display arrows that show you which way you can move them.  Its pretty obvious by just looking at the position of the block.  The horizontal ones go horizontal and the vertical ones go vertical.

It depends on what you are looking for in a game.  If you want something to pass the time on a rainy day or a quick teaser to get your through the morning subway ride, this one’s for you.  If you want something more complex, I suggest checking out the large collection of Kindle games out there.  There are a number of fun adventure games and puzzle games that will give your brain a good workout.

I beat the easy levels pretty quickly.  I took a leap and just tried the “really hard” level and it took me a few minutes to beat it.  So, its a challenge but not overly so.

This is a good game for children because it isn’t too difficult to pick up.  Yet, it is challenging enough to let them brush up on strategy skills.

The tutorial is really helpful.  When I first took a stab at the game without any direction, I was a little confused about what was happening.  But, the tutorial explained it very well, and guided me through an example game.

You’ll also notice that Blocked has “minimum moves”.  This gives you an idea of how many moves you’ll need to use to solve each level.  The easy level has maybe, 3 or 4 moves.  The harder ones have around 20.

Some reviews say Blocked is too simple, others say it is fun and addicting.  It is only .99, so you wouldn’t expect the graphics of a $4.99 game.  But, the graphics are good for the game’s purposes.  I agree about the comments regarding the runaway cursor, but it didn’t take away from my completing the game.   Maybe the game can be expanded to include more exciting objects than just plain blocks.  Blocked is off to a great start, but lets hope to build on this idea and create more fun and exciting puzzle games!

Blocked is now compatible with the latest generation keyboardless Kindle.