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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.

Strimko: A New Game for Kindle

strimkoI am astounded at how quickly the game industry for the Kindle has really taken off over the last few months.  It is fun to see what create ideas different companies come up with. Braintonik, a Canadian casual gaming company recently introduced a new game for the Kindle called Strimko.

Strimko is a Sudoku type game where the player tries to insert numbers in rows and columns without repeating the number. The player also creates “streams” which crisscross across the grid.  So, not only do you have to try to get different numbers on the rows and columns, but you have to make sure they are different diagonally as well.

There are four difficulty levels.  Instead of the same nine by nine grid in Sudoku, you’ll get a larger grid for each level of difficulty in Strimko.  The easy level contains a 4 x 4 grid, while the master level consists of a 7 x 7 grid.  Each level contains 30 puzzles.  This ought to keep you busy for awhile especially considering the game only costs about 3 bucks.

Strimko was just released on March 22, so there aren’t any reviews yet.  I’m eager to see what Kindle 3 users think of this game and the graphics.  I also am curious to know what users think of it compared to Sudoku.