HERE'S THE LATEST FREE KINDLE GAME
I was so caught up in the Books in Browsers announcements yesterday, I missed the alert from Golf11, who usually sees these things earlier than most. Blackjack! Of course, the display won't be in color but the Kindle-book covers are shown in color too. This is playable on all Kindle 2, 3, and DX models. As far as I know, Kindle (UK: K3) games are not yet available outside the U.S., but the plan is that they will be eventually. Here's Amazon's description:
' The Kindle version features all of the most common aspects of the game including splits, double down, surrender and insurance, as well as multiple options for customization that allow you to play the style of Blackjack that you want to play. For example, you can configure the game to match specific structures like 'Dealer must hit soft 17' - a common rule variation in many Las Vegas casinos.
The built-in advice feature, which you can turn on and off at any time, applies basic strategy and will recommend the best course of action to maximize your chances of winning. '
I try not to think about Kindle games lately (they've been releasing quite a few) because I became a bit addicted to the first two games (Every Word and Shuffled Row) and wasn't reading anymore, so I went cold turkey after reporting on Electronic Arts's Scrabble game.
Since then, Amazon has released other games, the most recent one being Mahjong Solitaire
This is also available for all Kindle 2, DX and Kindle 3 models. Amazon's statements about shipping outside the U.S. eventually are quoted in the linked "Every Word" page above.
The product page for Mahjong Solitaire shows it is "sold by Mobigloo" and that "This price [.99] was set by the publisher."
' In Mahjong Solitaire, you match pairs of identical tiles in order to remove them from the board. Only free tiles can be matched. Tiles are considered free if they do not have other tiles to either the left or right of them, or on top of them. The objective of the game is to clear all the tiles from the board. The game ends when all tiles have been removed or when there are no more free tiles left to match.
Mahjong Solitaire tracks the number of pairs of free tiles available to be matched for you. In addition, the game allows for unlimited undos, and contains a Hint feature that will give you suggestions for your next move, as well a Shuffle feature that will rearrange the tiles when you get stuck.
Mahjong Solitaire provides 10 different game board layouts to choose from. The game maintains game statistics that track your best time for each layout finished. '
On December 3, two other games were released.
These are actually two versions of the popular word scramble game Jumble for Kindle: Jumble 10 which contains 10 Jumble puzzles ($.99), and Jumble 50 which contains 50 Jumble puzzles (.99).
You can read about how these work, at the linked pages. Amazon says that Jumble "is one of the longest continuously running word games in the world. More than 60 million people in over 600 newspapers, in books and magazines, on dozens of websites and on mobile apps enjoy Jumble every day. Try out Jumble on Kindle today and find out why."
I must admit I've never heard of it. Pricing above can be changed at anytime, and these are shown just to give you an idea. The Kindle forums have positive word on most of these.
ALSO relatively new: Hangman for Kids and EA Sudoku.
You'll see various other Kindle games recommended too on those pages. While the Kindle Apps store is not "launched" yet, it seems to be churning out games and there are customer ratings for them.
Kindle 3's (UK: Kindle 3's), DX Graphite
Check often: Temporarily-free late-listed non-classics or recently published ones
Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources. Top 100 free bestsellers.
UK-Only: recently published non-classics, bestsellers, or highest-rated ones
Also, UK customers should see the UK store's Top 100 free bestsellers.
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