Best of 2011 Editors’ Picks for Kindle Games

2011 is drawing to a close, and it certainly has been a great year for Kindle games and applications.  To celebrate the success of top rated Kindle games, there is a $.99 sale going on under the name Best of 2011 Editors Picks.  In the list of 25 games, the ones that were picked mostly didn’t come as a surprise, however there were some not on there that I thought should be.

Electronic Arts games such as Scrabble, Sudoku, and Monopoly are usually around $4 or $5, so this is a pretty steep discount for them.  All of these games are adaptations of the traditional board games and puzzles.  You should catch on to the way they work pretty easily if you are familiar with how to navigate Kindle games in general.

Other hit games up for grabs at a discounted price are Jewels, Slingo and Strimko.  All of these have great reviews and are easy to learn.  Jewels is a Kindle version of the popular game Bejeweled. All you have to do is match up different shaped jewels before the time runs out or before you run out of matches.  Slingo is a combination of Bingo and Slots.  Strimko is Sudoku with an added element called streams.

The list of Kindle games for kids has grown tremendously this year, and a couple of the best ones are Hangman 4 Kids and Spongebob’s Treasure Quest.  There are a number of games and interactive fiction for kids that are good, but they are not on the list.  Interactive fiction is a genre that is continuing to grow, and includes books that are great for both kids and adults.

In addition to games, there are also applications that can aid in productivity like Notepad, Calendar, and Easy Calculator.  These aren’t really much of a sale because they are usually around $.99 anyway, but they serve their purpose well.

Lastly, for those who are looking for an inexpensive exercise program, check out My Yoga Studio.  It includes several yoga routines that cover most parts of the body.

I was really surprised that Futoshiki and Blossom were not on the list.  Those two games have shown some of the best reviews of all of the Kindle games.  Futoshiki is Sudoku with < and > signs mixed in, and Blossom is a pipe irrigation puzzle game.

For more detailed reviews on each of these games and apps, visit the Kindle-Apps review blog.  Again, as far as the sale goes, I think it that this is the best time to get the more expensive EA games.  They are good quality, and are all games that have been around for a long time in some form or another.

Most games are compatible with Kindles up to the 4th generation. There are not many games for the Kindle Touch yet, just because the interface is so different.  But, with time, that will change.

Hangman 4 Kids – Kindle Edition

It is good to see a game for kids from Sonic Boom who has created Hangman 4 Kids. It actually has better reviews than the adult counterpart, Hangman.В  Hangman 4 Kids is only $1.99 for the Kindle, which is not a bad price.

Hangman 4 Kids is a great way to improve vocabulary skills for both children and adults.В  It might also open the door for children to get interested in reading books on the Kindle.

Hangman 4 Kids Kindle edition is a lot like your old trusty paper version.В  Your goal is the complete a word before the body is complete.В  Each letter you get wrong, a body part is added to the figure.В  The perk to the Kindle version over the pen and paper version is that you can choose from a variety of categories, and the Kindle generates the words for you.В  Categories include Science, Entertainment, Sports, Careers and more.

You get two hints per game and you have a choice between a snowman or a gingerbread man.В  That beats stick figures!В  Be aware that you lose body parts if you ask for a hint.

The reviews are good.В  There is nothing less than three stars for Hangman 4 Kids.В  Now letв_Ts hear what some of the reviewers have to say.

A Customer:

“I really like it. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it doesn’t show you the answer to the puzzle when you get it wrong. they should change that in thier next version. Other than tha it is a great and fun game. Worth the money.”


“I downloaded this for my son to play but it seems that most of the Hangman phrases, so far, are Disney movies? We don’t watch a lot of Disney movies (the younger ones anyway), so to guess what the phrase is, is not so fair for him. Otherwise, great idea to help him learn and have fun at the same time.”

So, overall a good game for a low price.В  I find it interesting that the words in Hangman 4 Kids tend to focus on Disney characters.В  Iв_Tm surprised there isnв_Tt more Dora the Explorer or Sesame Street.