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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.

Sudoku for Kindle

The Kindle and Kindle DX have had a version of Sudoku available for awhile, but the game just got much better with the recent release of EA’s version of the Sudoku.  EA has a great reputation for Kindle games if their great success with Scrabble is any indication.

Sudoku is a challenging puzzle game that consists of a 9 by 9 grid that is sectioned off into 3 by 3 subgrids.  Each subgrid must contain the digits 1-9.  Each grid is partially filled in the beginning with various combinations of numbers.  Sudoku comes with thousands of game variations.  You can also access Sudoku puzzles from popular newspapers.

EA does an excellent job of recreating the feel of pen and paper.  The Kindle has a well defined legend that matches the letters on the keyboard to the numbers in the game.  You can make notes in each cell to figure out where you want to place the numbers.  If the game gets too difficult, the “autofill” or “hint” features are there to help you out.

I think the reviewers do a great job of capturing the nature of Sudoku for the Kindle:

Praises

Bonnie J. Stearns:

“This game is user friendly, the graphics are clear….and yes there are varying levels that I have already found challenging. I think it is quite well done. There are also some helpful features such as optional error checking, number highlighting, hints, and the ability to play a random puzzle or program one in from a newspaper or book. I used to travel sudoku books with me. It’s nice to know that it will all be in my Kindle now.”

Ellen Bridges:

“The one option I really like is the ability to input puzzles from newspapers, magazines, etc. Although this game has thousands of puzzles, it’s nice knowing that I can get out some of my magazines and put some of my tougher puzzles in the game to solve. All the normal features are available when solving a puzzle that you put in the game yourself. You can even have the game instantly solve your puzzle for you if you so desire.”

Nicholas Sabalos Jr.:

“Easy navigation around the Sudoku board….clear, concise instructions….”Notes” feature is easy to use and, of course, integral to Sudoku….display is clear, pleasant and just plain fun to use….”Statistics” are well thought-out and great for tracking one’s progress at solving puzzles….levels of difficulty feel appropriate, in my humble opinion. Overall….one well-done, well-thought-out game that is a joy to play on the Kindle. It seems to be a perfect match for the Kindle.”

Constructive Criticism

Barbara:

I’m a Sudoku addict and was thrilled to find it available for the Kindle. This is a really good application — navigation, etc. is fine; however, I got a headache from squinting trying to see the numbers I entered. Seems like there should be a way to make them more visible yet still differentiated from the pre-entered numbers. Couldn’t see the difference between threes & eights among other things (and this was with the help of reading glasses). I gave up after doing one puzzle.

Conclusion

So, there you have it.  This is a game that is easy to navigate, provides helpful strategy hints, includes Sudoku puzzles from your favorite magazines and newspapers and simulates the feel of pen and paper.  You can’t get much better than that.