October 20, 2010
By the ZippyCart Shopping Cart Reviews Content Team
Paid gaming apps have not been a major reason why people have been flocking to Amazon.com to purchase a Kindle, as these types of apps only started to appear last month when EA debuted Scrabble, and went to the top of the Kindle bestseller list. Now two new paid gaming apps, released on October 14, are topping the Kindle bestseller list with EA Solitaire currently ranking at #1, and Triple Town from Spry Fox at #9. EA Solitaire is much more affordable than most ebooks for the Kindle, as consumers only have to pay $3.99 for the app that offers players 12 different modes of solitaire. Reviews on Amazon thus far are very positive for EA Solitaire, as Kindle owners are enjoying purchasing fun apps to complement their library of ebooks. Some Kindle users are upset that this does not work on the first generation model, but most of the new paid gaming apps are geared toward the newer Kindle models. While this is disappointing for consumers, it does help out Amazon, as more people will want to upgrade to the new Kindle models to ensure that they have the option to utilize all of the newest apps.
Triple Town is the first independently published game for the Amazon Kindle, and it is also getting great reviews, as it is currently averaging a 5 star review among owners. The new paid app is from Spry Fox, which is a match-three puzzle game that is easy to learn and fun to play. This marks the beginning of Amazon offering a wider variety of paid gaming apps for the Kindle, which will allow them to better compete with devices like the iPad or iPhone. The Triple Town game is not available on the first generation Kindle, so again these device owners are out of luck, unless they want to upgrade to the Kindle 2 or 3 model.