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Memory Classic

Memory Classic is a great Kindle game for all ages.  The object of the game is to match tiles that have the same pictures.  This is really similar to the old familiar card matching game, except Memory Classic has tiles instead of playing cards.

When you first start at the beginner level, there are only four tiles with two matches.  As you advance, the number of tiles increase, and you really have to put your memory skills to work.  The tiles all have cute little pictures of dolphins, boats, astronauts, and more.  So, Memory Classic is geared more towards kids, but I think adults can enjoy the challenge, or at least as a time filler.

There are three modes that you can choose from. The first is Relaxed Mode.  All you have to do here is flip over the tiles with the Kindle’s toggle button and match them up.

Classic mode is the same as Relaxed Mode, but it is timed.  I didn’t do so hot against the clock, but I think the toggle slowed me down a bit because it kept getting away from me when I tried selecting tiles.

My favorite mode was the Arcade Mode.  Your goal here is to match tiles and get them off the board before they add up.  Matched tiles are taken off the board, but if you miss a match, the ones at the bottom fill the board.

I think JoyBits did a good job with the graphics.  The tiles are easy to see, and the navigation is pretty intuitive.  For players new to Kindle games, there is an instruction manual under the list of menu options.

One thing you should take note of as you play Memory Classic are the hints at the bottom of the page.  They provide helpful strategies for doing your best in each level.

It is always more fun to play against friends and family.  I wholeheartedly agree with the following reviewer that Memory Classic needs a multiplayer option.

TerriTheGrape

“My only critique is that I wish there was a 2-player option so my daughter and I could play together. We can take turns by just passing the Kindle back and forth, but at the end there is no final count of how many matches each of us made. There is a Hall of Fame, though, so at least we can compare top scores that way!”

Memory Classic is a new game, and I look forward to reading what more reviewers have to say about it!

 

Website performance once again…

I did some more tweaks to the website in an effort to make it faster. So once again I ask you, my regular visitors to comment whether blogkindle.com website became faster, slower or about the same as of publishing of this post (5:48PM PST October 3rd, 2011)?

$80 Kindle 4 Might Be Problematic For Amazon’s School Penetration

It is no secret that Amazon has its eyes on getting Kindles into schools.  That was pretty clear even before the Kindle DX pilot programs and Kindle textbook rentals.  The best part of that for them is that many students and teachers would just love to adopt the new technology.  Unfortunately the issue of accessibility has gotten in the way of such efforts in the past and seem likely to intrude even more so now with the release of the $80 basic Kindle.

The initial efforts to get students and teachers to adopt the Kindle met with some complications.  There are objections to the eReader in general, based on the idea that, since students are trained from early on to highlight and annotate their books while reading actively, they will find themselves less engaged than usual in non-paper books.  This isn’t unreasonable, but it basically amounts to the argument that things shouldn’t change because things have always been this way.  A bit circular.  At best, this side implies that early adoption is essential.

We also get people concerned that a Kindle will be a bad long-term investment due to the stranglehold of the Agency Model on pricing, which results in less substantial savings than seem reasonable.  This was more of a concern in the past, and will probably come up rarely now that an $80 Kindle is available.  The fact that students now have an extremely cheap option open to them that can borrow library books and rent texts from Amazon will likely be a big draw.

Official endorsement, and the potential for textbook replacement that that would provide, is still unlikely.  The legal complication regarding accessibility remains a large one.  Since eBooks cannot provide equal access for the visually impaired, they can’t replace textbooks in most school systems.  The Kindle seemed to be on its way to addressing these concerns with features like Text to Speech, but even that isn’t quite there yet.  It doesn’t help that publishers can turn the feature off, of course.

With the new Kindle’s complete lack of audio capability, the existing objections gain even more traction.  Now even if Amazon did find a reasonable way to address the conversion of print to audio that satisfied opponents, there would still be the problem of it not being applicable to the most affordable level of the price tier system.

If I had to make a guess, honestly, I would say that Amazon seems to have given up on the idea of formal adoption by the school systems.  The new approach, which definitely seems to have more potential, is a direct marketing to the students and parents of students.  It avoids bureaucracy and still manages to save everybody money in the long run.

As eReaders in general and the Kindle in particular become ever more common, it won’t be too hard to get educators to be a bit more open to their presence in the classroom.  Lots has been done to make it more possible, from real page numbers to shared annotation, to make the Kindle more appealing in this market.  They’re not going to abandon it entirely.