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Edited By BradNicholson

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? 
 

 Shuffled Row, the coolest game this side of Minesweeper.
 Shuffled Row, the coolest game this side of Minesweeper.


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.    
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#1  Edited By BradNicholson

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? 
 

 Shuffled Row, the coolest game this side of Minesweeper.
 Shuffled Row, the coolest game this side of Minesweeper.


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.    
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#2  Edited By TonyBlue87

Much as I love the idea of the Kindle, I'm still a physical book guy.
 
Also, quest complete.

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#3  Edited By Jeknod

k00l beans

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#4  Edited By DrBeardface

Is it just word games on the Kindle?  Seems pretty stunted.

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#5  Edited By gingertastic_10

But I don't own a Kindle...

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#6  Edited By MrKlorox

As if it couldn't look any worse being a Kindle game already, they use serifed fonts. Blech!

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#7  Edited By RE_Player1

I don't mind downloading games, I don't mind downloading movies, but I draw the line when it comes to books. I like the feel of a book and no device can replicate that. 

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#8  Edited By Brians

Odd

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#9  Edited By TrueDivinty

You buy a kindle for reading. Playing lame word games, no.

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#10  Edited By DanielJW
@TonyBlue87 said:
"Much as I love the idea of the Kindle, I'm still a physical book guy."

This. Also if I want to play a game with one, I'll draw a Tic-tac-toe board on the inside of the cover.
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#11  Edited By mosdl
@RE_Player92 said:
" I don't mind downloading games, I don't mind downloading movies, but I draw the line when it comes to books. I like the feel of a book and no device can replicate that.  "
It does avoid paper cuts!
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#12  Edited By mammo

So with the WiFi only version you can still read your books and stuff anywhere right?  The only use for the 3G one is if you're out and need a new book at that moment?  And who are you paying the the 3G coverage?

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#13  Edited By itsnottaken

There is no point in games on the kindle... enough said.

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#14  Edited By CyleMoore

Cool it looks like old Game Boy Pocket games!

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#15  Edited By Methdragon

word

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#16  Edited By RE_Player1
@mosdl said:
" @RE_Player92 said:
" I don't mind downloading games, I don't mind downloading movies, but I draw the line when it comes to books. I like the feel of a book and no device can replicate that.  "
It does avoid paper cuts! "
You got me sir. 
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#17  Edited By Post25DayXfer

quest

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#18  Edited By BarrenMind

I enjoy Every Word.. decent little time waster

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#19  Edited By BrockSampson
@mammo said:
" So with the WiFi only version you can still read your books and stuff anywhere right?  The only use for the 3G one is if you're out and need a new book at that moment?  And who are you paying the the 3G coverage? "
3G is free and included with the reader
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#20  Edited By ManlyBeast

 Cool I'm getting the new kindle when it comes out at the end of the month.

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#21  Edited By Dustpan

I'm illiterate.

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#22  Edited By valentin_rad

I can already play games on my pc, mobile phone, console and laptop do I really need kindle games? does anyone? And why would I buy games for it when I can find much better versions online and free.
 
On a sidenote, Limbo would be a great game for the kindle but I doubt it could handle anything that requires more CPU than pacman

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#23  Edited By icansmell

ummm....cool?

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#24  Edited By Castro

You know what game would be great on the Kindle? Zork! In fact, they should just release an Infocom pack with all of those old games.

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#25  Edited By ster

I actually kind of want a Kindle. 
 
I haven't read a book since High School, and even then I never finished the books. :(

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#26  Edited By Little_Socrates

Tragic, if there are games on the Kindle there's not a chance I'll actually read using the blasted thing.

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#27  Edited By Ineedaname

Love me some gaming news.

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To be totally honest I'd prefer if they just left it as an e-reader. I don't think it can really attempt to compete with the ipad in terms of a multi-media device.

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#29  Edited By stilllife
 may i'll get a kindle now!!!! just for playing games ;)
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#30  Edited By louiedog

Is "I only read physical books" the new "I only listen to vinyl" or what?
 
I love books. I use my local library frequently to check them out. However, I don't buy physical books anymore. My Sony Reader is so much nicer for most of my daily reading. I used to carry around books with me at all times for reading on the train, for waiting in line somewhere, etc. What a relief it was when I traded in new hardcovers for a 10 oz Reader. I'm not looking back. That's just my opinion after having actually owned one. Most of my friends who insist they wouldn't like ebooks haven't actually tried.

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I was under the impression you were writing sarcastically half the time, Brad. :P

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#32  Edited By murderblood7

lolwordgames

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#33  Edited By WiFiPirate

Snake or possibly centipede could be interesting to play on kindle. Still it's all just speculation at this point. 
;) 

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#34  Edited By Magneticlens
@valentin_rad:  There are a few other problems with the display for games. The e-ink on the kindle takes a second or so to refresh, accompanied by some screen flashing as the device sort of shakes the e-ink particles like an etch-a-sketch to make sure you don't have ghost images of the previous display.
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Looks I'll have to quit playing Starcraft 2 for this.

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#36  Edited By jerrkat

Kewl, If you only have your kindle with you and looking for a break from reading some small games like this seem to be a perfect fit.  Going have check these out later.

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#37  Edited By xenogamer

yup

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#38  Edited By ChrisColina

Boring!

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#39  Edited By voodooterror

what the fuck is a kindle?

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#40  Edited By neckface

I just threw my iPad in the bin and I'm doing my mobile gaming on this bad boy!

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#41  Edited By Gav47

When I can get a Kindle for less than €100, I'll buy one. 

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#42  Edited By Typical

Looks like I wont need this laptop anymore.
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#43  Edited By geenome

yay

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#44  Edited By haplar

Not sure how well this will work -- even when using the web browser, the Kindle has to flash completely black each time the screen is redrawn.  Doesn't mean I wouldn't enjoy a nice game of TextTwist Knockoff.

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#45  Edited By Brunchies

I think I would buy a kindle if it gets rid of the headache I always got from reading books for some reason. 

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#46  Edited By rev_vadaul

I too prefer physical books and a gameboy version of scrabble isn't going to sway me away from them.

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#47  Edited By Lunar_Aura

When will they port Limbo on this thing?
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#48  Edited By omgwtfbbq

Yeah, I see absolutely no point on gaming on the Kindle.

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#49  Edited By DefaultGen

Bah, still don't really like my Kindle.

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#50  Edited By NeoUltima

Wow, graphics as good as the original gameboy