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Big Fish Brings First Hidden Object Game To Kindle
Big Fish Brings First Hidden Object Game To Kindle
July 28, 2011 | By Kyle Orland

July 28, 2011 | By Kyle Orland
More: Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Major casual PC publisher Big Fish Games has released Hidden Expedition: Amazon, its first game for Kindle.

The title, which follows a search for a missing professor in the Amazon jungle, is the first Kindle game in the popular "hidden object" genre, according the Amazon Kindle vice president Mike Nash.

Big Fish has optimized the game for the Kindle's high-contrast, grayscale e-ink display, according to Big Fish Games Studios vice president Patrick Wylie, including 19 levels and 4 different puzzle types in the Kindle release.

The Kindle's slow-to-refresh e-ink screen makes it ill-suited for games that include fast action or require quick reflexes, but that hasn't stopped a handful of puzzle, card and word games from finding success on the device. In fact, EA's Scrabble for Kindle at one point outsold all e-books sold on Amazon.

In an interview with Gamasutra last year, Spry Fox co-founder and Triple Town developer Daniel Cook said the limited supply of games on the Kindle makes it a more intriguing market for small developers than the overcrowded iOS marketplace.

"As a smart developer, you need to be creating the next opportunity, not mooning after the successes that happened two years ago," he said.

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Jeremy Reaban
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Some games work on a Kindle, some don't.

Scrabble works pretty well, because it happens to be word based and the Kindle has a keyboard.

I can't imagine how a HOG would work on it, because the Kindle's 4 way controller is not even remotely a substitute for a mouse. Even in Scrabble, it can be a pain moving the cursor to the right tile.

The best games on the Kindle (IMHO) are two adaptations of Fighting Fantasy books.