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KenKen Vol. 1 Presented by Will Shortz (A Logic Puzzle for Kindle)

by Gameblend Studios
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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KenKen is a puzzle in which you combine simple math and logic to fill in a grid of numbers.

Presented by New York Times puzzle editor Will Shortz, KenKen is a challenging follow-up to Sudoku. As in Sudoku, KenKen requires that you fill in a grid with numbers without repeating a number in any row or column. In KenKen, you are also shown heavily outlined sets of squares called cages, each of which has a target number and a mathematic operator (addition, subtraction, multiplication or division). The numbers in each cage must combine to produce the target number in the cage using the mathematical operation indicated. Easy cages are made up of one or two squares and are in just one column or row. More difficult cages can cross multiple columns and rows and are made up of many squares, requiring creative thought to figure out how many ways you can create the target number with one operator!

KenKen Volume 1 contains 50 puzzles ranging from Easy to Expert, with grid sizes between 3x3 and 9x9. You can use inline notes to help you jot down potential solutions, and if you get stuck, you can always get a hint.

Give your brain a workout with KenKen today!

Product Details

  • Version: 1.2 (What's new in version 1.2)
  • Release Date: November 22, 2011
  • File Size: 594 kB
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Gameblend Studios
  • Sold by: Gameblend Studios
  • ASIN: B005BJ2TXQ
  • Publisher License: Read
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,013 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KenKen finally on the Kindle July 29, 2011
There is a YouTube video (KenKen--Will Shortz Introduces New Puzzle Sensation) that's worth watching if you're unfamiliar with KenKen.

This is a Sudoku variant. Each row and column must have the digits 1-5, for a 5x5 puzzle. In addition, math operations (+ - * /) are applied on each region. Logic can be used to figure out each square.

This is a lovely puzzle game. Other sudoku-like Kindle games I've liked include Strimko and Futoshiki. I also like EA Sudoku.

It was Will Shortz that tracked down Indianapolis architect Howard Garns as the inventor of Sudoku. Will is a great puzzle historian, and picks great puzzles. I liked his KenKen selection a lot, and the program worked quite well.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Math + logic = addiction August 6, 2011
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If you love math.. or if you don't, but want to practice, you will enjoy this. An interest in Sudoku is not required (I never liked Sudoku). I hadn't heard of Ken Ken before finding this, and absolutely love it. My favorite game on the Kindle. I actually have to be careful--lately at night I'll turn on my Kindle's music, sit down to do a puzzle.... and a couple hours later, I'm realizing I need to go to bed. Good healthy fun.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I have been really enjoying this game. However, I did have a problem after the first 10 games. I have the Kindle Touch and couldn't figure out how to get to the next set of games. Tapping on the right side of the screen didn't work, up/down swipe didn't work, and the pull down menu didn't have an option for getting to the next page either. Contacted the game developer and they wrote back the next day. (great service!) Swipe from left to right or right to left to get to the next/previous group of puzzles. (this wasn't mentioned anywhere in the instructions and the tutorial does not use a side to side swipe to get to the next page)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent August 7, 2011
great.. very fun puzzle.. game.. i find that the kindle is a great device for playing this type of game.. much better than say a gameboy.. review typed on a kindle .. pleae release a volume two
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I have to SHARE my Kindle October 29, 2011
By Terry
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So silly of me to download this game AND show it to my husband ! I am now back to reading my books on my ipod Touch because he is enjoying using the Kindle. This game has kept his interest. He has been working thru all of the puzzles and is just about done. The first ones took about a minute to complete but these later ones are taking about 45 minutes each. I do hope they come out with the next volume soon..... did I just type that????? I may need to add a Kindle under the tree for him just so I can enjoy mine
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my new favorite kindle number game September 4, 2011
i never tried KenKen before but now i am HOOKED.

the user interface is easy to learn and use.

it took me a while to get used to the concept of the grids, because i am so used to sudoku. but when a reread the directions i finally got that a grid can contain the same more tthan once as long as they are in different rows/columns. this results in added complexity and fun.

highly recommended but a note of warning ~ this is highly addictive. ;~>
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I love these games and I love playing them on my Kindle e-reader. I am moderately disappointed, however, that I can't play this on the Kindle Fire. Not a reason to reduce the 5* rating - and yet another reason why I will continue to use my Kindle e-reader along with the Fire. Still, I thought I'd point it out for future buyers as an FYA. Hopefully, an app for Ken-Ken will be available for play on KF soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a good easy to hard ratio January 11, 2013
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I love KenKen, I do a KenKen puzzle every day online, and I wanted to have it on my Kindle. I'm disappointed with this purchase unfortunately. I just don't think 50 puzzles is very much for 2 dollars, mainly because they consist mostly of easy and medium and 4x4 to 6x6. The 4x4 puzzles including the hard ones take a minute or less to solve, so you're done with a quarter of the puzzles within 10-15 minutes. The configuration is nice and it's easy to navigate, but I could have bought a paperback KenKen at the grocery store with 100+ puzzles for the same price, or I can just play online for free on several websites. I just wish that this either contained more puzzles, or that there were more of the larger puzzles so that it would have taken me longer to get through. I don't think I'll be purchasing KenKen for Kindle again unless it's a package with all larger puzzles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Sodoku!
Oh lordy, my new numbers game! I thought Sudoku was great; but this is a thousand times better than that. Very addictive!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great new challenge
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Nice puzzle when you don't have the paper version and a pencil, A handy carry around way to keep the grey cells working.
Published on May 1, 2013 by Automat54
4.0 out of 5 stars Good late nigth fix for a KenKen junkie like me
I read every late evening in bed. If I am in the mood for something a little different, I can now bring this game up on my Kindle and play as easy or hard a game as my mood and... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars KenKen Vol. 1
Item was downloaded, and it is fun to play. I wish there were more puzzles included in the download. I went through them all fairly quickly.
Published on February 15, 2013 by Margo Wagner
3.0 out of 5 stars don't play this much.
this game is not one that i enjoy too much. so i do not play it very often. kinda difficult to play. would not recommend it to others.
Published on February 9, 2013 by P.D.Rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars Jjjken
I like how these grow in difficulty and size. I think they are fairly rated according to difficulty. These challenge you but are not impossible to do.
Published on January 31, 2013 by JJJ
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