Scrabble Goes On Kindle, First Premium Game

Posted: Sep 24 2010, 2:12pm CDT | by , in News | Hot Gadgets

Scrabble Goes On Kindle, First Premium Game
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Hey, who doesn't dream of playing Scrabble in black-and-white in the year 2010? Yeah, it may not be the most advanced gaming platform ever but at least it's something.

Amazon has scored Electronic Arts as a game publisher that sees value in the Kindle platform. And today, EA has launched Scrabble on the e-reader, adding the first premium game download for the device.

The Kindle experimented with games by launching two word puzzles - Every Word and Shuffled Row - but this is the first time it's released a game that costs money.

It's pretty basic Scrabble. Players can do a solo game, compete against a computer-controlled opponent, or use "Pass N' Play" mode which lets multiple players take part in standard turn-based gameplay. The game also provides detailed statistics about each match.

Amazon has been pressured to release non-book content for the Kindle especially after the release of the iPad. Of course it is very limited because the Kindle screen is black-and-white and is very limited in its output potential, which makes it easier on the eyes for standard book reading but takes away an enormous amount of potential for expanded content.

Nevertheless, you have to hand it to Amazon for trying. A fun casual game like Scrabble might just attract enough Kindle owners to make it worth EA's investment and encourage more multimedia content on the device.

The game is available for a $4.99 download and can of course be downloaded on the go via Amazon Whispernet.

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