EA, Activision, and Crytek put their weight behind new Kindles, announce Kindle Fire optimized titles
Just a couple of days have passed since Jeff Bezos summoned the press in an aircraft hangar in Santa Monica to introduce Amazon’s new Kindle Fire family of tablets. Now, a number of high-profile game publishers have already revealed that they are working on games that are optimized for the new Kindle Fires.
First off, Electronic Arts announced they are hard at work bringing their mobile games to the new Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD. According to Droid Gamers, EA already has ten games that are optimized for the Fire HD slates, including Madden NFL 12, Tetris, The Game of Life, and Plants vs Zombies. Moreover, the publishing giant has a number of other games in its Amazon Appstore that we could expect to see optimized for the new Fire HD at some point.
Another video games heavyweight, Activision, announced a new title for the Kindle Fire and Fire HD – Skylanders Cloud Patrol, a gallery style shooter currently available for iOS. The title will feature a unique game mechanic (or should we call it a selling mechanic?) that Bezos showcased during the launch event. Players will be given the opportunity to buy physical toys right from the game. You like the Trigger Happy character? Buying a real life version is just a few taps away, and you won’t even have to leave the game. As a bonus, purchasing the toy will also unlock its virtual version in the game.
I just hope that Activision and Amazon have put some thought into making the system kids-proof. Otherwise, I could just write the “5-year old buys $2,000 worth of toys in Skylanders Cloud Patrol” post right now.
Finally, Crytek (of Crysis and Far Cry fame) has announced that owners of the new Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD will be able to buy Fibble, a physics-based puzzler that’s currently only available on iOS. As you would expect from a game made by Crytek, Fibble features beautiful 3D graphics that will definitely look gorgeous on the 1920 x 1200 resolution screen of the Fire HD 8.9. The title will go for 99 cents and should hit the Appstore in the following weeks.
We’ll keep you posted about new titles announced for the Kindle Fire family. Meanwhile, tell us, which game do you look forward the most?