Amazon has released the first paid Kindle App. It’s Scrabble and it’s for $4.99.
You must have Kindle 3 or Kindle 2 or one of the Kindle DXes. It does not work on Kindle 1 and it works only for US Kindle owners.
Scrabble is actually a really good choice though it’s the third word game in a row and makes you wonder why Amazon is fascinated with word games.
Here’s the write-up –
With SCRABBLE for Kindle play the game you know and love – anytime, anywhere.
Simple controls make it easy to play any way you want, whether you’re a casual or experienced SCRABBLE player. Pass N’ Play with a friend, challenge the Kindle, or play a solo game. If you need help, use the Best Word feature to create the highest scoring word possible. You can even pause the game anytime and pick it up later.
Thanks to The Little Professor for the update. Check out his blog – It’s a work of genius.
Quick Thoughts on Scrabble
Well, will update this after playing the game.
- $4.99 is a bit high. At this price, especially after the free apps, it’ll be hard to sell much.
- Electronic Arts gets to have the first paid app out. C’est la vie.
- It’s been released today – September 23rd, 2010.
- To the best of my knowledge Amazon hasn’t yet started actively promoting it.
- Haven’t found any mention of it on any sites.
- It’s around 600 kb in size. Impressive that they got the game in using just 600 kb.
- The first review is very positive –
Absolutely amazing! This is a great game that looks and plays perfectly. Scrabble on my Kindle. It doesn’t get any better
How customers respond to this app will be interesting. Of course, we aren’t going to know since Amazon will probably talk in vague sentences – We sold as many as there are Cirrus clouds on a non-rainy day.
My suspicion is it’ll sell around 20,000 units and then EA will realize they need to hit $2 or $1 to sell more and they’ll go down to $2 and sell around 200,000 copies. That ‘200,000 copies sold at $2’ estimate assumes that with the influx of Kindle 3 owners there are around 3 to 5 million Kindles in circulation.