Grid Detective Review – Review Introduction
This is a review of Grid Detective – a logic game by Amazon Digital Services. It is available for free in the Amazon store and was just released today. Thanks to Happy Reader Joyce for the scoop on this game.
Available on the following Kindle versions as of 10/4/2011: Kindle 4, Kindle Keyboard (formerly Kindle 3), Kindle DX, Kindle 2nd Generation.
Interestingly enough – I was just thinking earlier this week how cool it would be to develop my favorite logic puzzles for Kindle and Grid Detective has done just that.
Grid Detective Review – Main Takeaways
Grid Detective is a logic game consisting of the logic puzzles you can often find at the newsstand. The instructions are well done and comprehensive.
There are 31 puzzles available in the game – definitely try the 1 How to Play puzzle for a quick walkthrough. There are also 10 each of Easy, Intermediate, and Hard puzzles. I can already tell this won’t be enough puzzles for me.
In logic puzzles you use information from a background story and several clues to determine whether a solution is true or false in a grid. False items are marked with an X, True items are marked with an O. By process of elimination you can solve the problem. If you are having problems with the logic, take advantage of the 3 hints available. Also – the ‘Erase Errors’ might come in handy on the more complicated puzzles.
The nice thing about the Kindle game is that once you mark a spot with an O – it fills in all the corresponding squares with X’s so that you don’t have to. I do wish there at a certain point – when you know the answer but haven’t filled in all the remaining O’s in the grid – that you could have the puzzle acknowledge you solved it.
Grid Detective Review – Conclusion and Overall Rating
I would give my Grid Detective game review 4.5 stars after my initial run through. I hope they come out with a lot more puzzles. The only problems I see are that the grid gets a bit small on the Intermediate and Hard levels from trying to fit so much information into a small amount of real estate and that you cannot see all of the clues at once for the same reason (I find that seeing more clues allows me to quickly compare them to each other).