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    Kids’ Classic Card Games is true to its title.  It includes old familiar card games such as War, Old Maid, Go Fish, and Crazy Eights.

    If you aren’t familiar with any of these card games, you can play in tutorial mode.  I used it to refresh my memory on the rules, and to get a feel for how this particular version is played.

    In War, you go back and forth comparing the numbers on your cards.  The player who gets the highest card wins and gets all of the cards from that round.  If you both get the same card, it is war.  That just means that you put down three cards face down and one face up.  The winner gets all of the cards.  This cycle goes on until one player gets the whole deck.  It is pretty simple.  I got a little bored with it after awhile.  This particular game just doesn’t have the same feel on the Kindle as it does with physical cards.

    Everyone is probably familiar with Go Fish, and lots of kids learn it at a young age.  In Kids’ Classic Card Games you play against three other players.  Use the tutorial to help you leanr how to ask certain players for the cards you need to create matches.

    Crazy Eights is a lot like UNO.  You just have to match up your cards with the one in the center pile by suit or number.  Eight is a wild card.  The first player who runs out of cards wins.

    Old Maid is pretty simple.  Each player starts with 13 cards, with one holding 14.  The extra one is the Joker, and it doesn’t have a match.   With each turn, you give a card to the player on the left.  All cards that are matched up get discarded.  Once everyone runs out, whoever ends up with the Joker loses and is the Old Maid.

    Overall, I thought this game was designed well, and is pretty intuitive as far as navigation goes.  You just use the 5-way toggle, and are playing against the Kindle’s auto generated players.  A couple of additional games to add that might appeal to older kids: Black Jack and Hearts.

    Candace Kiekhefer

    “I puchased this game today and was not disappointed. I think Sonic Boom did a fine job putting this together. All 4 games use a standard deck of cards to play with. The cards themselves are very clear and easy to read. Each game plays in a timely manner with no lagging on Kindle’s part. There are no complicated control moves to learn. I have played each of the games and they all play the way we all learned how to play them when we were kids.”

    Kids Classic Card Games is now compatible with the latest generation keyboardless Kindle.

    Hangman

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    Everyone knows how to play Hangman. I still grab a piece of paper and pencil every once in awhile when I’m bored and play the game. Now that Hangman is available on my Kindle, I can help out the environment by not wasting paper and have it with me wherever I go.

    Hangman for the Kindle surprised me with the fairly elaborate graphics. There’s a medieval style man that looks like a character from a Shakespeare play, and there’s the traditional stick figure.  Everything is really clear and crisp. The letters are pretty big, and easy to see.

    It was surprisingly difficult even in the beginner levels. The hints were pretty broad. Watch out, the body parts sure do add up quickly. The general rule is to run through the vowels first. If you can use deductive reasoning to figure out the word, then you’re good. Don’t be like me and run through all of the vowels and waste precious letters that could be used on ones that can fit. Regardless of whether you win or lose, you’ll see your score and the correct word at the end of the level.

    I used the Kindle’s toggle button to navigate and pick letters. You can use the keyboard as well. Check the menu options for assistance with how to play the game and what keyboard shortcuts to use.

    For kids and those who prefer easy puzzles, there’s Hangman 4 Kids, also by Sonic Boom. It is a great way to keep kids occupied while improving their vocabulary at the same time.

    Hangman is a game I’ll definitely enjoy having handy. There is a wide selection of words in varying degrees of difficulty, so it should keep me occupied for awhile.

    Love Starbucks

    “You can either use your cursor to space over to the letter and then “enter” or you can type the letter using Kindle’s keypad. Typing it is much quicker if you know the QWERTY keyboard. The game gives a clue as to what you’re looking for. For example, if you have to guess a food item, the word “food” will be spelled out in the section of the screen to the right of the hanging. No pencil necessary. Good price. It would be handy to give over to the kids so they have something to play on a long trip or in a waiting room, for example. Or if you have to wait and it’s too noisy to concentrate on reading!”

    Match Genius

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    Many of you might remember playing the card game where you lay down a certain number of cards facedown, and you try to find two that match until you have revealed all of them. It is a good game to work on memory skills.

    Match Genius for Kindle is the same idea. Except with this game, you are matching geometric shapes instead of the numbers on playing cards.

    I recommend that you start with the easy level and work your way to Genius. Easy consists of a 5×5 grid. I completed it pretty quickly. If you uncover a Joker, it matches any symbol, like a wild card.

    As you move up in difficulty level, the grids get bigger. The Genius level consists of a 10×10 grid. I went ahead and gave it a try, and it sure does require some powerful memory skills!

    When you first enter the game from your Kindle’s Home screen, you’ll be in the Main Menu. I encourage you to review the “Help” section before you begin because it does a good job of explaining the rules and navigation in Match Genius.

    One thing you’ll need to watch for is the details of the geometric shapes. They appear to match at first, but one might have a different shading that would make it not work. So, that adds a more challenging twist to the game.

    The graphics are good in Match Genius. The only issue I had was with the 5-way cursor. I had to be careful about how long I needed to hold it down, or I’d accidentally hit the wrong card. So, watch out for the runaway cursor and make sure you’re selecting the right card!

    I didn’t notice this problem when I was playing the game, but there were quite a few complaints about the cards leaving a “ghost” of their symbol behind when they flip back over.

    kalonkakon

    “If you turned over two cards, say a square and a circle, and they are obviously not a match, they turn back over but you can still see a faint imprint of the square and circle. Once you see the imprint, you can’t stop seeing it.”

    I’m guessing this is probably an issue with the way the Kindle e-ink works.  I’m sure the upcoming updates on both this game, and the Kindle product line, this issue will be resolved.

    So, overall, Match Genius is a great game for all ages and skill levels.

    Match Genius is now compatible with the latest generation keyboardless Kindle.