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Ten (or So) Top Gaming Apps for Kindle Fire HD

Here are 11 great games that will provide hours of fun and create the core of your Kindle Fire gaming library. People using tablets of all sorts will tell you that one of the great uses for them is to play games of all sorts.

1

Cut the Rope

From: Zepto Lab

Price: $0.99

This is a very addictive game. The whole idea is that there’s this monster you have to feed candy (don’t ask why). The candy swings on ropes, and you have to figure out how to cut the rope so the candy whacks into various star-shaped objects, exploding them, and eventually ends up in the monster’s mouth.

2

Plants vs. Zombies

From: PopCap Games, Inc.

Price: $2.99

If you’re somebody who worries about zombies attacking your home (and who doesn’t?), this game will appeal to you. A phalanx of zombies waits on the street outside your house.

You get to put plants in your front lawn to spit little seeds to cut down the zombies as they approach. You have to tap small suns that appear to help grow new plants that you can then place on your lawn to defeat yet more zombie attacks.

3

Fruit Ninja

From: HalfBrick Studios Pty Ltd.

Price: $0.99

This game combines the concept of a ninja warrior and fresh fruit. Essentially, pieces of fruit are thrown up on the screen, and you use your finger to swipe across them, cutting them in half.

The trick is that occasionally a bomb gets thrown up with the fruit and you have to be quick enough to not swipe at the bomb; otherwise, you blow it up and end the game with fruit salad everywhere.

If bombs aren’t your thing, you can play the Zen mode, where you’re merely slicing up fruit with no bombs involved. If you’ve had a hard day at the office, trust me, this one is great to work out your tensions (just imagine the fruit is, well, anybody or anything that really annoyed you today).

4

Quell Reflect

From: Fallen Tree Games

Price: $0.99

Quell is a peaceful afternoon in the park compared to some of the other games listed here. It doesn’t involve bombs or zombies. Instead, you get a playing board with a small raindrop on it. You can move the raindrop up or down a row to collect the pearly objects in its path while peaceful oriental music plays in the background.

5

Airport Mania for Kindle Fire

From: Amazon Digital Services

Price: Free

Imagine you’re an air traffic controller. You sit in front of your Kindle Fire screen, allowing incoming planes to land, taxi to the terminal, let passengers off, move to a holding area, and take off again. Sounds easy, right?

It is until you have five or six planes coming in and out. Then, it becomes seriously like rubbing your stomach while patting your head as a tornado approaches. But give it a try. Nothing really crashes and nobody dies, so what can you lose?

6

Jetpack Joyride

From: Halfbrick Studios Pty Ltd

Price: Free

If you’ve ever wanted to take to the skies, you must try this fun game. You ride around the virtual world using a jetpack of your choosing in the persona of Barry Streakfries, who is trying to steal cutting edge jetpacks from bad guy scientists. Tap the screen to go up into the skies or land, and use weapons in the forms of rainbows, bubbles, and lasers to win the day.

7

Chess Free

From: Optime Software

Price: Free

If chess is your thing, you’ll enjoy this electronic version. You can play the computer or play against another person using the same Kindle Fire. With the latter approach, the board swaps around after each play so that the next person can take his or her turn. There’s a game timer if you’re in Chess Tournament mode. You can also change the style of the pieces and board.

Tap a piece, and then the game shows you all possible moves unless you turn off Show Legal and Last Moves in the game’s Options. Tap the place on the board where you want to move the piece. If you have a change of heart, this game includes a handy Undo button.

8

Jewels

From: MH Games/Mika Haittunen

Price: Free

If you have a thing about jewelry, or even if you don’t, you might enjoy Jewels. This matching game lets you play with jewel-colored baubles to your heart’s content. The idea is that you can flip two gems on this grid-like game board if doing so will allow you to line up three items of the same kind. When you do, the lines of gems shift to provide a different arrangement.

9

Wordsmith

From: Second Breakfast Studios

Price: $2.49

Wordsmith is kind of like the popular word game Scrabble. You build words from available tiles and take advantage of double-letter and triple-word tiles to score extra points.

10

Solitaire Free Pack

From: Tesseract Mobile Software

Price: Free

There aren’t too many surprises to this game, but for those who are devoted to solitaire, it offers an electronic version you can play on the go on your Kindle Fire. Rack up the points with 43 different games, including Klondike, Pyramid, and Monte Carlo.

11

Asphalt 7: Heat

From: Gameloft

Price: $0.99

If you love to race fast cars, this game will give you that experience on your Kindle Fire HD with sharp graphics and quick moves. You can play around with more than 150 races with any of several vehicles in a wide variety of settings. You can play locally on your Kindle Fire HD or play with up to six people online in a multiplayer environment.

 
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