Earlier this year, Amazon announced the Kindle Development Kit, a platform in which content publishers could push out "active content" (read: games) for the e-ink reading device. If you're hip to the Kindle, then you've experienced the fruits of the KDK with Minesweeper and Gomoku, but two more games are now available, for free, via Amazon. Both are word-based, and neither as dazzling as a Bionic Commando Rearmed or as complex, as say, a Peggle.
Every Word and Shuffled Row are the new joints, as spotted by I Love My Kindle. Every Word is a simple word soup game where you attempt to spell as many words as possible from a six-letter jumble before a timer runs out. Shuffled Row is the same, except you'll have sixty letters to pick from. Exciting stuff, right?
The file sizes are 900KB each, so we're not talking top-of-the-line visuals. Also, if you have an original Kindle, it appears as though these games are just too hardcore for your reader. Consider an upgrade (or an iPad).
The Kindle isn't a powerhouse platform for games. Heck, it can't even push out color, so Unreal Engine 3 is definitely out of the picture. But I'm guessing that multimedia is the direction Amazon wants to head towards at some point down the line. Games will certainly be a part of this, so says my crystal ball, which has this weird image of the App Store floating in the middle of its inky abyss.