Spelling Star

All Kindle games should model their graphics after Spelling Star as far as font size and clarity goes. The words are huge.

This game is geared more towards kids in the lower levels, but it uses your age to figure out what level to start you at. There are over 1000 words, and they have a very wide range of difficulty levels.

Spelling Star  as a whole is great for all ages. After taking a few minutes to get a hang of the game, I mastered all of the games pretty quickly, and moved on to the next level.

The games are timed, so make sure you complete all of the words before the clock runs out. It is better to get a word incorrect and get all of them done, than to not finish them.

There’s a little boy who serves as your guide throughout the game. As a young adult, I think he’s kind of amusing looking, but for kids, he’s a lot of fun. He guides you through each step, and explains what to expect in each game. He also tracks your points and lets you know how you did once you complete the games and difficulty levels.

Spelling Star helps you learn or brush up on your adjectives, verbs, and nouns. It also has sentences that you choose the best word for. Then, of course you have correct spellings and anagrams.

Navigation is pretty straightforward. I just used the keyboard to type in the letters. If you need to do anything else, the game will prompt you. I like that Spelling Star doesn’t over use the 5-way toggle. The only drawback to using the keyboard is that it is kind of small. So, finding the right keys can eat into time. But, you should be fine once you get the feel for the layout of the keyboard.

For more spelling related games, try Scripps Spelling Bee. It includes words from the National Spelling Bee list, and is more puzzle focused than direct spelling.  Also, if you want to work on your Spanish, try the Spelling Star: Spanish Edition.

SanDiegoJesse

“This is soooo much fun. I really didn’t expect it to be, but it has several different challenges and 100 levels. Really makes you think. Not very fond of being timed and at first I didn’t think I’d like it. But I’m hooked and it boosted me to Level 38 after a few minutes of play.”

Word Soup

Word Soup is a another good word game for the Kindle. The object of the game is to find as many words as you can in a scrambled grid of letters.

The minimum amount of letters you need to have to form a word is three.  So no scrimping by with “an” or “is” or “it”!

Word Soup is like Scrabble in that you gain more points with words that have more unique letters than words with more common ones.  So, a word that contains a lot of common letters and vowels won’t be worth as much as one that has say: “J”.

When you find a word, connect each letter by selecting them with the 5-way toggle button. When you select each letter, and arrow is formed to connect them together. Click the toggle again when you’re done and the letters disappear from the grid.

On the side of the screen, there are keyboard shortcuts for you to use. You can quickly access the Rules, or shuffle the grid, for instance.  I wish more Kindle games would make it this easy to reference these tools.

One thing I like about Word Soup, is that it does a good job of distinguishing the selected letters from the rest. The blocks turn into circles. One suggestion might be to make the highlights a little more prominent so the cursor can be followed a little easier.

This is an easy game to pick up, but finding the words can be a challenge. You can play for speed with the timer, or you can play in an untamed, relaxed mode.

I think kids and adults alike will enjoy Word Soup.  Kids can have some fun while practicing their spelling. Overall, it is pretty intuitive graphic wise, and easy to navigate.

There are so many good Kindle word games to choose from.  This is great if you are a fan of word games, or want to work on your spelling skills.  A couple of suggestions: Scripps Spelling Bee and Scrabble are great Kindle games to try.

Atmananda

“I bought this today and it is a clever game concept. Instructions and graphics look professional and controls are easy (make sure you at least read the first page of the instructions). Unlike other word search games, the letters don’t need to be in just one direction, so you will have to also look “around the corner” for matching letters. I like the relaxed mode (no timer) and still have to manage to clear the whole field, but over all the game play is intuitive and it was fun to play right from the start. “