Posted on June 19, 2012 by tarzanphan60
I have been reviewing Kindle apps for almost a year now and have noticed quite a trend since last November when the Kindle Fire was released. It used to be that there were constantly new apps and games being made available for the Kindle e-readers.
As part of the development team working with the Kindle Store, we were often frustrated because they had a backlog of submitted apps and you had to wait your turn in the queue. The Hot New Releases section was usually two pages and sometimes three pages in length. When new Kindle models came out, developers scrambled to try and get their apps working on the new devices.
Then came the new big step-brother named Kindle Fire. You were assured that you would still be loved, but it became obvious fairly quickly that this new interloper was going to be the favorite. Yes, your family did adopt two new family members, but they turned out to be more like annoying pets instead of the expected children and poor Kindle Touch got left out in the cold for a while.
Now it appears that almost all new apps are coming out with versions for Kindle Touch. This should make the Touch owners happy. However, when looking for new releases, it has become obvious that the focus of apps has shifted to Kindle Fire.
Remember back in January – only a few measly releases the first several weeks and most of them were interactive fiction? The last few months, the Hot New Releases section barely ever breaks over one page (20 items per page). This is quite a change from 2011.
I’d be interested to hear what the Kindle e-reader owners feel about this and if they have the same perspective.
H”App”y to talk to anyone interested on the subject.
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Posted on May 2, 2012 by tarzanphan60
Just in time for Mother’s Day, Amazon is selling refurbished Kindle Fires for $139 – down from the regular price of $169. This is a great offer, so scoop it up while you can.
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Posted on March 29, 2012 by tarzanphan60
While they last, a refurbished Kindle Fire with a one year warranty is available on Amazon for the low price of $139. If you are at all interested in obtaining a Kindle Fire – this looks like a great deal. Grab one while you can.
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Posted on March 20, 2012 by tarzanphan60
Two new games are out in the Amazon Kindle store for all e-readers that handle active content. Kindle Touch readers should definitely check these out.
Flood is a puzzle game by Mobigloo. This looks very similar to the Wipe Out game that was released earlier this month. Amazon has a tendency to try to get competing apps out at the same time and has done it again. Flood the game board with colors until it is a single color. Available for $1.99.
Hidden Expedition: Everest is another find the images adventure from the same group that brought us Hidden Expedition: Amazon. It does cost $4.99 which is a little steep, but I do enjoy these games. I found the first one extremely enjoyable and can’t wait to try the second Hidden Expedition and work my way from Base Camp up to the summit of Everest.
I will be starting to catch up on game and app reviews in the next few weeks. There should be more coming in the next day or two and I am packing up two Kindles to take along to test on while running an aid station at a trail race this weekend. If the buffalo charge me, I’ll be sure and protect the Kindles.
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Posted on March 15, 2012 by tarzanphan60
I need to get busy posting app/game reviews. Amazon has released a lot of interesting games and apps in the last few weeks.
Today I noticed some very interesting releases.
*** Catan – based on the popular Settlers of Catan strategy game. This is one of the higher priced games for Kindle at $4.99, but has only been out a couple of days and already has two five star reviews and one four star review. I am looking forward to trying this game because I have heard good things about the original game and I think this will be a winner. Available for all non-touch Kindle e-readers.
** NIM looks like a really cute strategy puzzle game. Play against Bobbie the Robot. Four classical patterns and three difficulty levels. Available for $0.99 and for all non-touch Kindle e-readers.
Kanji Learning Tool is a (don’t be shocked) Kanji learning tool app. Maybe I could start writing my blog posts in Kanji? (I don’t think you need to worry about this). For $1.99 you can use this tool to learn the 225 most common Japanese kanji. Available for Kindle Keyboard, Kindle 2nd Generation and Kindle DX. I am actually pretty interested in this app. At one point in my life when I was studying for my black belt, I took a class where we were working on writing kanji as a form of meditation with ink and brushes with lots of interesting consequences.
Ten Hints: Authors is a trivia game for Kindle for lovers of books. Available for $2.99. I can’t tell much about this from the images, so will need to sit down with this game to see how it actually is. Available for all non-touch Kindle e-readers.
Quote of the Day is a quotation reference guide. The images look pretty good and I will be checking this out. I hope it is better than the other quote app that was released last fall. Available for $1.00 and for all non-touch Kindle e-readers.
Sorry, Kindle Touch owners. Nothing yet this week for you.
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