There are hundreds of games and apps that can run on the older generations Kindle eBook readers such as the Kindle Paperwhite 2. If you have a Kindle device registered to your Amazon account, you can check here to see the listing and descriptions of these games and apps.
Games and apps on the Kindle eBook readers are called active content. You just need to download them like Kindle books, and you can then run them on your device. Some of them are apps, while most of them are games.
Since the system running on the Kindle e-readers is simple (as it’s mainly for reading books), the tools and games that can run on it are simple too. Still, you can find them very helpful when you’re in need of them.
In this article, we will pick 5 good apps and 10 good games for you (some are free and some you have to pay for it), and they are from different categories.
Active Content on Kindles – the Basics
Games will definitely be faster and more beautiful on a phone or tablet, but when you don’t have a phone or tablet around, or they are out of battery, or you simply get tired of looking at those back lit LCD screens, it’ll be good to have an option to have some fun with your e-reader. Moreover, games on e-readers tend to be more educational and less addictive as compared to those on tablets and PCs, thus they’re good choices for kids too.
Before going into the list, it’s important to note that all the latest e-readers selling on Amazon right now don’t support these active contents, including the Kindle Voyage, the Kindle Paperwhite 3, and the basic Kindle Touchscreen (7th generation), and quite probably future models won’t either.
Right now, the previous Kindle Paperwhite 2 (6th generation) is the most recent Kindle e-reader that supports these active contents. In addition, the older generations Kindle e-readers, such as the Kindle Paperwhite 1, Kindle Keyboard, Kindle Touch, Kindle DX, etc., support these active contents as well.
On the other hand, all Amazon Fire tablets don’t support these active content.
You can read here in case you find any difficulty in installing these active contents.
5 Good Apps on the Kindle Paperwhite 2
1. Notepad Plus
This is one of the best notepad apps on the Kindle e-readers. You can use it to drop notes (up to 3,100 characters, which is limit imposed by Amazon), and have the notes kept in folders or as a daily diary under the calendar, and you can put a password protection on your notes as well. You can also edit the notes on your computer and transfer back and forth to the Kindle via USB cable.
The down side is that it doesn’t have select text or copy and paste functions, so don’t expect it to be an advanced text editor, but rather an app for diaries, daily reminders, memos, short notes, etc.
2. My Checklist
Do you often have a to-do list or a shopping list? If so, this is a handy app that works on your Kindle. It also lets you put a checkmark next to each item when you want to. By using this electronic version of the traditional list, you don’t have to waste paper needlessly. And this app is free!
Note, however, that this app is not for drafting anything lengthy. It’s for short lists. Moreover, you can’t sort the items once they are entered, and the lists you put in this app can’t be access by your computer. If you need a better notepad app, then go for Notepad Plus, which we mentioned above.
It lets you check the weather in different cities quickly, without launching the browser. It gives nine days weather forecasts as well as hour-by-hour forecasts for the next 8 hours. It will give you the forecasted high and low temperatures, cloud cover, wind speed and direction, visibility, humidity, barometric pressure and the sunrise and sunset times. This information is helpful for planning your day.
Note that it only works when you’re connected to Wi-Fi. It won’t work with 3G, even if you are using a Kindle Paperwhite 3G.
4. Utility Kit
It’s a tool kit with seven applications, including a calculator, a stopwatch, a countdown timer, world clocks, a calendar, a unit converter, and a notepad. Their features are pretty basic, but come in handy when you don’t have your smartphone or tablet with you. Each feature is designed to be very user-friendly, meaning just about anyone can pick it up and start using it.
If you need a more advanced calculator than the one from Utility Kit above, give this a try. It has a basic calculator mode, plus scientific calculator mode and more. It also keeps a history of what you’ve entered in a session, and allows you reuse them when needed. You can use this app to solve equations too.
10 Good Games on the Kindle Paperwhite 2
1. Sudoku Works
The infamous game Sudoku is perfect for e-reader, as you have to stare at the numbers on the screen to solve the puzzles and the e-reader E Ink screen won’t cause eyestrain easily. This app gives you a “Puzzle of the Day” every day.
If you’re competitive, you’ll love this app as it gives you a chance to compare your results to friends and family members. Use the timer provided so you can see who is able to complete Sudoku the fastest! If you don’t have enough time to play, you can just stop anywhere and resume the game later.
These are great games for brain exercises. There are daily challenges that can be done in a few minutes with progress charted, or practice mode in which you can choose any game and level. A player commented in the reviews that the game still brought new challenges even after playing for 2 years daily.
This game is good for both adults and kids (from 6 years old, according to a user comment). Up to 4 players can keep their scores on a Kindle and compare the results.
3. Math Blender
This free math game has 100 puzzles, each needs you to put in numbers and operators in the correct place to make up equations. From players’ experience in the user reviews, the game is good for kids from seven years old and up. Teenagers and adults will find the higher level puzzles more challenging, though, so there’s something for everyone.
Puzzles are categorized by the operations they contain, including addition, subtraction, division, multiplication and a combination of the four. Solve them in any order you like; skip the hard ones and come back later if you so choose.
4. Word Search
This is the classic word search game, and also one of the most popular paid word game on Kindle e-readers. The game is not only fun but also good for your brain. It also causes less eyestrain to search for words on the paper-like Kindle screen than in a smartphone LCD screen. There are 50 puzzles in total spread across different category themes.
The game is good for both adults and kids. There’re also Volume 2 and 3 of this game, try them too if you like Volume 1.
Another wonderful word game, this one is free and with thousands of puzzles to play. Some said in the reviews that it doesn’t work on the Paperwhite 2, but we’ve tested and it works well on our device.
If you like this game, you’ll like its original game Every Word too. Just get both and play with them alternatively.
Note that there’s a warning in these two games, saying that they “may contain content inappropriate for children.” It is due to some more mature words, like “sex,” appearing in the game, other than that this game is great for kids trying to improve their spelling and vocabulary.
If you feel the games above use too much for your brain, this typical game of Mahjong will probably suit your taste. You can play it casually, and it has unlimited undo’s and will provide you with hints, if you need a suggestion for your next move. When you’re ready to get serious, this game has 10 different layouts, and it tracks your best time for each.
You can choose to play with two tile sets, one is easier and the other one is more difficult. Even though it’s played on a black and white screen, it’s still easy to distinguish the tiles.
7. Bubble Pop
This is a little bubble matching game that can be a lot of fun. It comes with two modes. In the Classic mode, new bubbles keep coming in as you eliminate groups of three or more bubbles. While in the Puzzle mode, there’ll be no new bubble, but it’ll be even more challenging as you have to eliminate all bubbles on the screen and figure out the best moves all along the way.
This game can be both entertaining and challenging, and it’s good for both adults and kids.
Have you thought of playing chess on your e-reader? You can play this classic game against the Kindle or challenge a friend. 10 different levels of difficulty are available, but you can always increase the pressure by adding a timer to the mix.
For those just learning the game of chess, this game will let you take back moves you regret, so you can slowly get better at making the right one the first time. Save your game whenever you want too, as it can often be tough to fit in a whole game at once.
There are some weak points of this game, but overall the reviews the game received are positive. Specifically, this Amazon customer review from a player with USCF rating around 2,000 will tell you the weaknesses and difficulty level you should expect from this game.
It’s a classic game for testing your logical deduction skills. This game only has 30 puzzles (10 easy, 10 moderate, and 10 hard), but they are good. Plus, this is a free game too!
In Grid Detective, each game begins with some background that helps you understand your objective. Then you’re given just six clues to crack the case, which requires you to pick the correct outcome out of dozens provided. Your skills of deduction will need to be sharp to make it through all 30 levels.
If you love Fighting Fantasy, then this game is definitely a must have.
This game outlines a compelling and fun story that forces you to make decisions along the way about what you’ll do next. Of course, every time you make a decision, your adventure is altered. Aside from the story, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain also provides a gorgeous map with which you can track your efforts. It will show you where you’ve been and what monsters you’ve run into.
Any games you love that you think we missed? Write us a comment below!
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