The Amazon Kindle is an electronic device which is designed to allow users to read an endless supply of books, all from one tablet. Making reading easier and cheaper is the purpose of the Kindle; however precedent dictates that technology must come with some form of game to entertain the user. Computers come with solitaire, Nokia mobile phones came with snake and now the Kindle follows this trend by supplying two games for the reader to distract themselves with. Both are hidden within the Kindle software and can only be accessed by keyboard shortcuts.
The two games are Minesweeper and GoMoku, which is a variation of Connect Four. To access these, the reader must press alt-shift and “m”. This takes the reader to the last game they played. If the user has not yet played a game, the Kindle automatically goes to Minesweeper. To change to the GoMoku game, the player must then simply press “g” on the keyboard.
¤ Minesweeper ¤
Minesweeper is almost exactly the same as the computer version. The player must hunt down the mines, avoiding clicking on them, so that all other squares are uncovered. The player can mark a mine by pressing “m” while hovered on top of it. There are three difficulties available by pressing the menu button. Easy mode is on a 4×5 grid with 5 mines, Normal mode is on a 8×10 grid with 10 mines and the Difficult mode is on a 14×14 grid with 40 mines. Players must press the “r” key to restart the game.
¤ GoMoku ¤
The second game, GoMoku, is a variation on the classic Connect Four game; however in this version, there is no gravity to force players to start at the bottom row, instead they play wherever they like making the game incredibly more challenging. Also the players have to connect five in a row to win. The player can choose to be noughts or crosses and the score against the Kindle is listed at the bottom of the screen. The winner is the first player to get a row of five horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Players can swap positions with the Kindle by pressing “s” on the keyboard and pressing “n” starts a brand new game.
These games are hidden on the Kindle and many users do not even know they exist. They are simply one of the many secret features that the Kindle has to surprise the user. This information is relevant to the Kindle 3 and may not accurately reflect earlier versions of the device.