Ninety-nine cent Kindle Halloween games…and the Kindle Fire appstore

Ninety-nine cent Kindle Halloween games…and the Kindle Fire appstore

Amazon appears to be having a special right now on Halloween-themed Kindle games (the kind you play on the Kindle Keyboard, formerly the Kindle 3).

Before I list those, though, I do want to link you to the new Kindle Fire appstore on Amazon. I swear, I was planning to do a “Fire free” post today, ;) but I think you’ll be interested. If you not, I’ll hit you with the ninety-nine cent Kindle Halloween games. If you aren’t interested in either…hang in there for the next  post. :)

Kindle Fire Apps

Similar to the

Kindle Fire Newsstand

it’s a new storefront just for the Kindle Fire.

There are some interesting choices in the 47 games and apps Amazon has chosen to feature. I do want to note that these are apps in the Amazon appstore…they’d work on other devices as well. I have my Smartphone registered…if I didn’t, I don’t think I could actually get these apps at this point (if I was just waiting on a Fire).

One that caught my eye was

Dictionary.com

I use

http://dictionary.reference.com/

quite often…but why choose this free to feature on the Fire page? Perhaps that suggests strongly that the Fire will not have a built-in dictionary? That seems a bit odd, since my Kindle for Android has it on my phone.

Here’s a drawing app…I’ve seen questions about that:

SketchBook Mobile

Here’s an interactive kids’ book…including “read aloud”:

Green Eggs and Ham – Dr. Seuss

I’m sure many more will be added. Take a look at them and let me know what stands out to you.

Now, on to those cheap Halloween games for current Kindles…they are all ninety-nine cents (for some of them that’s a sale, and for some of them that appears to be normal):

Mahjong Solitaire Halloween Edition

Futoshiki Halloween Edition

Ultimate Halloween Quiz

Blossom Halloween Edition

Mystery Castle: Dawn of Illusion

Choice of the Vampire

Poker of the Dead

Ghostboy and the Nameless Grave

As with other Active Content titles, they don’t work on the K1, but do work on K2s, K3s (now called a Kindle Keyboard), and the KDX. We don’t know about the Fire yet. They don’t work in reader apps, and I assume they can’t be purchased outside the US.

You can buy them once and share them with all compatible devices on the account.

If you try any of these, feel free to let me know what you think.

For information on more games, see this category.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

 

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14 Responses to “Ninety-nine cent Kindle Halloween games…and the Kindle Fire appstore”

  1. tuxgirl Says:

    Hmmm… Just yesterday I requested a CS rep to pass along up the chain that we really need a way to tell what apps will work on the Fire…. Can I claim credit?? :P

    What? you mean they didn’t do this just because I asked???

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, tuxgirl!

      You can certainly claim credit…you’ll just need to be prepared to defend your claim. ;) However, in this case, I did start writing the post a few days ago…

  2. tuxgirl Says:

    uh… read the top section… are they saying *all* apps in the appstore work on the Fire, or is there a subset that has been tested to work on Fire, and I’m just not seeing how they’re labeled?

    • tuxgirl Says:

      that was “i read the top section”, not “go read the top section”… just to clarify… :)

      • bufocalvin Says:

        Thanks for clarifying, tuxgirl!

        I did read that as a…request. :) It’s no surprise that Tom has a problem with “read” like “reed” and “read” like “red”…very context dependent.

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, tuxgirl!

      This piece is interesting, and we do need to know more:

      “Kindle Fire features instant access to the Amazon Appstore for Android and thousands of apps, all of them Amazon-tested on Kindle Fire for the best experience possible.”

      Saying “thousands” doesn’t necessarily mean all of the apps…there are 3,366 game apps alone.

      There are also apps that simply can not do what they are intended to do on the Fire. I’ve mentioned before, I like my Paper Camera app on my SmartPhone. Without a camera, though, it wouldn’t do much. Actually, I think you could import photos to it…I suppose you could use it that way. Any augmented reality apps are not going to do what they are supposed to do.

      Does that mean they don’t “work” on the Fire? That may not be absolutely technically true. It may be a bit like when we get enhanced e-book editions with audio/video on our current Kindles. They work…but the audio/video can’t be heard/viewed.

  3. Mary Says:

    There are times when the dictionary in the Kindle comes up blank for something really obscure. I read a lot of medieval fiction and these are not everyday words. Dictionary.com usually has the missing word and the best thing about it is that it will pronounce words for you. Most of us who read a lot have a bigger reading vocabulary than speaking vocabulary in that we will often know the meaning of a word we are reading but not the correct pronunciation. I have had dictionary.com on my iPhone for 2-1/2 years and refer to it often. If I’m reading a print book, it is right next to me so I don’t have to look for a dictionary. Not really sure at this point where one is anyway since I’ve come to rely on electronics. So am happy to know it will be on the Fire as well.

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Mary!

      I absolutely appreciate the value of Dictionary.com. I just thought it was interesting to feature it as one of fewer than fifty titles…that calls attention to the dictionary question. I don’t think it’s bad to have it…just to trumpet it at this stage.

      I don’t know if I’ve told this story on the blog, but I think you’ll appreciate it.

      When I was brick-and-mortar bookstore manager, I heard a Mom upbraiding her kid for pronouncing a word incorrectly. I fairly casually said, “That’s the sign of a reader.” She looked at me quizzically, and I said, “It means he’s read the word, and not heard it.” Then, she was proud of him. ::)

  4. Becca Says:

    will any of these work on the kindle (k4, aka mindle)?

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Becca!

      Checking the Halloween specials, yes. If it just says “Kindle” under available devices, that means the Mindle. Not all games that play on the Kindle Keyboard play on the Mindle.

      I’ll check these for you:

      Mahjong Solitaire Halloween Edition – Yes

      Futoshiki Halloween Edition – Yes

      Ultimate Halloween Quiz – Yes

      Blossom Halloween Edition – Yes

      Mystery Castle: Dawn of Illusion – Yes

      Choice of the Vampire `- No

      Poker of the Dead – Yes

      Ghostboy and the Nameless Grave – No

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