Ah ha! Amazon is Serious About Kindle Games

In my first impressions of the Kindle 3, I wrote:

Kindle 3 First Impressions: Thumbs Up! Lots of Kindle Game Apps Available Now Too

The one Kindle game app I’ve tried, Shuffled Row (free), is a lot more entertaining than I expected. The game presents up to 9 letter tiles at the top of screen. The goal is to type words based on the current letters displayed. 60 tiles are presented over time. A Scrabble-like letter and letter combination point system is used. Amazon has what appears to be a couple of dozen Kindle games available on Amazon.com now.

Little did I know at the time that just a few hours later we would learn just how interested Amazon is in mobile gaming:

Amazon steals Microsoft’s Director of Game Platform Strategy for some reason (Engadget)

Engadget refers to its own earlier report that Amazon is looking at building more than just Kindle hardware. I’m not sure the world is clamoring for a device dedicated solely to buying stuff from Amazon. Their apps for other platforms do that job quite nicely already. But, more engaging Kindle games makes a lot of sense to me now that I’ve actually tried one on the Kindle 3.