In the hierarchy of app stores, Amazon is in an interesting position. Apple is king, and where the most paying customers are. Google has a huge installed base but also a huge amount of piracy, so a lot of developers target Android after iOS. Ignoring various exclusivity agreements that impact the marketplace, Amazon’s Fire OS, … Continue reading The Missing Games
I’ve created a set of forums for the web site. I like the idea of forums better than an endless string of comments on articles. Right now these are integrated with the web site, but moving forward I will look at taking them to a more sophisticated forum platform to improve the feature set. Check … Continue reading Gaming on Fire Forums
Continuing a theme, Grand Theft Auto III is a PS2/Xbox game ported to mobile platforms, released for Android in 2012. Like other ports from the same era, you’re getting the full game, in this case called the 10 Year Anniversary Edition, adapted for touch screen input. This version actually has higher resolution, upgraded textures, and increased draw … Continue reading Grand Theft Auto III – 10 Year Anniversary Edition
The 2015 Amazon Fire TV (2nd Gen) is an update to the 1st gen device that accomplished several goals for Amazon. Obviously it’s a device refresh designed to make the platform more powerful, including adding 4K output. It transitioned the platform to their current System on a Chip (SoC) supplier, MediaTek. Finally, it let them make some additional … Continue reading 2015 Amazon Fire TV (2nd Gen)
The Bard’s Tale is a kind of reboot of the original Bard’s Tale series of my youth. It’s not actually tied directly to any of the 3 original Bard’s Tale games. InXile, which has been at the heart of some other cool projects like Wasteland 2, is also working on a true sequel called Bard’s Tale IV. … Continue reading The Bard’s Tale
Plague Inc. is a “Strategy Simulation” mobile game that’s been out since 2011 on iOS and that has been in the Amazon app store for almost 5 years after being ported to Android by Miniclip. It’s one of those apps that you see in the charts and it’s $0.99 and either you grab it at … Continue reading Plague Inc.
The 2014 Fire TV Stick (1st Gen) is the first Fire TV product I purchased, and that purchase eventually led to the creation of this web site. I initially reviewed it on my blog (lots of out of date information there) which lead to installing RetroArch, which lead to creation of this site. Hardware The 2014 … Continue reading 2014 Amazon Fire TV Stick (1st Gen)
This guide attempts to address various game controllers that you might consider using for the Fire TV or Fire Tablet. I am constantly updating it as I get new information.
Amazon offers a number of special offers that come and go all the time, but there’s a simple and obvious way to get the best deal on Amazon Games: Amazon Coins. The coins are basically worth about 1 cent each (note that the totals include sales tax, where applicable), but buying various amounts of … Continue reading Saving Money Buying Games
Amazon’s Underground ecosystem is, as I mention in multiple articles, really cool. One of the complaints Android developers have is that there is so much piracy that it’s hard to make money. Amazon’s solution is to monetize usage of the app. Amazon pays the developers to let them distribute the app for free, then the … Continue reading Amazon Underground on Fire TV Platform