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Dots and Boxes (A Free Game for Kindle)

by Amazon Digital Services
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (564 customer reviews)

Price: $0.00 includes free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet

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The classic game of Dots and Boxes comes to Kindle!

In Dots and Boxes, you are presented with a set of dots in a 5x5 grid. One by one, each player must fill in a horizontal or vertical line between two dots. The player that completes a box by filling in the fourth side captures that box. Completing a box allows a player to immediately make another move. When all 16 boxes are claimed, the player with the most boxes wins.

Play against Kindle at Easy, Medium or Hard difficulty levels. You can also play against another person in Pass 'n' Play mode and select whether a match requires 2, 3 or 4 wins to complete. Dots and Boxes comes with tips and instructions to help you if you get stuck, and also tracks your best scores, wins, and ties for each difficulty level.

Enjoy Dots and Boxes on Kindle today!

Product Details

  • Version: 1.2 (What's new in version 1.2)
  • Release Date: February 13, 2012
  • File Size: 529 kB
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher License: Read
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (564 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,524 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

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126 of 129 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Little Free Game April 29, 2011
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Most of us grew up playing this game in some form or fashion - I can remember being in the back of the car on a long trip with a large pad of paper with a 100 square grid playing with my sister. We were usually good to be a little more quiet for ten minutes or so until one or the other would get frustrated with losing, or gloating a little too much with winning.

This game is pretty basic, with a 4 x 4 grid no matter what level you choose (easy, medium, hard): it would be nice if you could get a 10 x 10 grid, as the 4 x 4 grid goes really fast. I didn't find too much of a difference in the computer's level of play between the medium and the hard version. The speed of the game, in terms of how fast does the computer move as well as you being able to make your next move, is pretty good as compared to some of the other games I've played on the Kindle.

If you're looking for a quick "get away" game for your Kindle, you're probably going to like this and the price (free) is certainly worth it. Go ahead and pick it up and give it a try!
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun game from my childhood April 29, 2011
By Sheryl
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This game is fun and just like the one I played as a kid (and with my kids). I played my first few games on Medium against the computer and won them all fairly easily. Then I tried the Hard setting. Wow! The Kindle is really smart and very tricky. I played 3 or 4 games on Hard and haven't been able to beat the Kindle yet. I must say, it's a little frustrating.

All games are in a grid 5 dots across and 5 dots down, making for 4 boxes x 4 boxes. It would be fun to be able to play on a larger grid, but navigation might get difficult if the grid was too much bigger (thus making the boxes, dots, and lines smaller to fit on the screen). Navigation and game play is fairly simple and easy to get used to with instructions at the bottom of the screen to let you know what to do to select a line to draw. You use your arrows on the 5-way controller to arrow over to the box you want to draw the line in. The boxes are clearly outlined so there is no question what box you are playing. Once you are in the box you want, you select it by pushing the middle of your 5-way controller. Then arrows are displayed inside the box, showing you which lines are available for you to draw. You then arrow in the direction of the line you want to draw and the line is drawn. It's that simple. If you close a box, your "symbol" (either an elephant or a lion) is put in your box.

You can choose a 2 player pass and play version but i haven't tried that yet.

All in all this is a simple but fun game. Kids would like it especially on the easy or medium 1 player settings. Most definitely worth it for free!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun game with Nice Interface April 29, 2011
By Samuel
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I feel that this game makes very good use of the controls on the Kindle. It uses the five-point cursor in order for the player to select a slot to place a line. First, you use the five-way controller to select the "box" you want to place a stick, then you select whether you want to place the "stick" on the north, south, east, or west part. Due to the comfortable interface, it makes the game fun and easy to play.

My only concern is this game might get boring after a while if it is too easy, otherwise it's a very enjoyable game which makes good use of the buttons on the Kindle.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great free game from Amazon! May 2, 2011
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I never played this game as a kid, and after reading the reviews that others played it as a kid, I'm starting to wonder if I lived a sheltered life.

Regardless, the game is pretty cool - trying to beat the Kindle is a bit difficult - at Medium level, I'm getting beat regularly, but it makes for a nice distraction from reading. It would also make for a good game with kids that are say, under 8 (versus the other Amazon games) because it doesn't involve cards or gambling, but non-threatening lions and elephants.

It's free, so if you don't like it, then delete it. It's hard to argue with the value of something that's free.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More fun than paper! May 1, 2011
My 6 year old son and I downloaded this and were instantly yelling out loud "lion" and "elephant." The game is faster and funner than paper. The graphics are georgeous. A great lead in to our reading time... Maybe a little "Life of Pi" Thank you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a fun, free game that makes you think! May 20, 2011
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It's free, it's fun, and it makes you think about the moves you make. After three or four games, I finally tied the Kindle on Hard. After the fifth or sixth game, I finally won. A fun and challenging game, I only wish the board could be bigger.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick, Fun, and Just Like the Childhood Game. April 29, 2011
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Just like the paper version, however only a 4x4 square. Play against the computer or with 2 players. Keeps a running tally of victories. Great for playing with young kids. Very quick response unlike some Kindle games. The Price is Right! $0.00.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dots and Boxes. Just OK February 2, 2012
By Mark
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1) Could be improved by allowing one to vary the grid size. It is always 9x13 which makes for a pretty long game.

2) Didn't care much for the Human vs Machine setting. The AI is VERY weak. Even though I made several input errors, the machine never mounted a challenge. There isn't much strategy to the game, but for ONE simple move. The app has the potential to be a fun little time waster.

3) Also, as the board fills up, the machine's last move could use more contrast; it was a little bit difficult to locate.

I can, however, see the game would be attractive in a Human vs Human setting. The UI and the board design are clean. The last two concerns are resolved.

At the price, give it a try.
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