Panda Poet for Kindle

The latest addition to the Kindle game scene is Panda Poet.  Panda Poet is just about as creepy as it sounds.  However, the reviews are excellent and it comes from Spry Fox.  They hit the jackpot with their hit game Triple Town that came out a couple of months ago.

Panda Poet is a word game sort of like Scrabble.  You place letters on a board to form a word.  A panda is formed when you form a word in an open space on the board.  If you form a word near another panda, it makes the panda grow.  As the panda grows, new letters appear around the panda.  Your goal is to get the biggest panda or the longest word possible.

Here’s the catch: every time you form a word, the other letters on the board go one step closer to expiring.  Letters usually last about four to five rounds.  If a letter expires, it is replaced with a skull and limits the panda’s growth in that direction.  So, not only do you have to create the longest word possible, you have to think about where to place words to get the most letters before they expire.

I was amused at the way the pandas look as they grow.  One reviewer pointed out that the pandas are basically rectangles.  But, would this game be as interesting if it was just called the Rectangle Poet?  You also have to keep in mind that Spry Fox has only a monochrome e-ink screen to work with.  Maybe penguins will be next?

The scoring is a bit complicated, and one reviewer said that the “Help” screen could use some work.  However, you can easily pick up the gist of the game through playing.  Panda Poet is a fun, addicting game well worth the 3 bucks.

Check out the Panda Poet Kindle review on the Kindle Review Blog.

Triple Town

If you like puzzle games, there is a new  and exciting game called Triple Town available for the Kindle that has awesome reviews.  It even works well on the 2nd generation of the Kindle, which cannot be said for all of the Kindle games.  That makes me happy because I have the Kindle 2.

Triple Town is simple and easy to learn.  You line up similar objects on a board and they turn into a more elaborate object.  For example, three grass squares turns into a flower, which turns into a bush until eventually you create buildings and castles.  Of course, there are creatures eager to get in your way and disrupt your building process.  You will also find hidden crystals that are considered “wild cards” for the game and can be of great value.  There are also game play hints that you can use as well.

Don’t be fooled by the initial simplicity of the game.  As you progress, you’ll find that there is a lot of strategy involved, and those can lead to unexpected outcomes.

It is nice to have a game that is mentally challenging, as opposed to brain numbing games like Minesweeper or Oregon Trail.  Speaking of Oregon Trail, I’m surprised that there is not a Kindle version yet.  Despite the mindless nature of that game, I have fond memories of playing it on my calculator when I was supposed to be paying attention in math class.

But I digress.  Spry Fox did an excellent job with Triple Town, and I hope to see more games from them in the future for the Kindle.  The Kindle platform makes it tough to make games, but this could spark a whole new realm of gaming.  It is refreshing to see the new crop of games fare so well alongside the familiar ones such as Solitaire and Scrabble.

For more information about Triple Town, check out this Triple Town Kindle review in the Kindle Review Blog.

Triple Town is now compatible with the latest generation keyboardless Kindle.