Monday, January 9, 2012

Free and Cheap Apps for the Kindle Fire (1/9)

Have to say that was an impressive response to some of the accessories in our noon post. Those speakers were particularly popular, and that means I'll probably add them to the lineup of our Best Fire Accessories page to make sure it's easy for people to find them. Now on to some cheap and free apps!

Going off the international theme from our Free App and Book of the Day (1/9), we're featuring a great language learning app for Spanish with lots of cute drawings that'll help make it fun for kids. It's always nice to expose kids to other languages, even if you're not planning on taking a trip anytime soon.

Name: InstaSpanish Kids
Rating: 4.3 stars over 9 reviews
Price: $1.99 0.99
Description: The InstaSpanish Kids app is a fun and colorful educational app which presents six Spanish teaching lessons for children. With over 300 individual pages of audio-visual activities in Spanish and English, this app is great for homeschool families, Montessori toddlers, and kids of all ages. Topics include colors, animals, family words, weather, telling time, and body parts.

This app includes two bonus sections: The La Cucaracha Song lesson with a full length song animation, and a Spanish Alphabet page where the child can explore words associated to the sounds of the alphabet.

This is a play-to-learn app, with fun activities that engage the child in active learning, with a variety of different types of learning and play methods used for each set of vocabulary words.

The user interface was designed to be both kid and parent friendly. The app features encouraging feedback, kids' voices, a bonus Spanish alphabet, and no in-app advertisements or purchasing.

Get your copy of InstaSpanish Kids!

Aces Spades has to be the prettiest, most-detailed card playing app I've seen. Everything looks good, right down to the finish on the table. Also note that there's a version for Hearts!

Name: Aces Spades
Rating: 5.0 stars over 1 review
Price: 0.99
Description: 
♦♦♦ Kindle Fire Edition and other 7" tablets ♦♦♦
Want quality card games? The Aces Spades app is for you!!
The team that brought you Aces Hearts, Aces Cribbage, and Aces Solitaire is back with a new offering in the Aces line of quality card games. Aces Spades brings the classic card game to mobile with gorgeous graphics, intuitive AI, and fully customizable gameplay. You’ll team up with one of 11 beautifully rendered Victorian-era characters to test your skill against a variety of colorful opponents, each with their own unique styles of play. Take tricks, bid nil, and pass to your partner in the most complete Spades experience available for mobile: Aces Spades!

Get your copy of Aces Spades!

A nice handy drawing app for kids, this one also contains puzzles and things that can also keep kids occupied. Definitely worth checking out for random doodling.

Name: Kids Ultimate Finger Painting
Rating: 4.1 stars over 13 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: Kids Ultimate Finger Painting (Free) is an advanced finger painting app with a built-in puzzle game to keep kids occupied on road trips, in a waiting room during appointments, or anywhere kids get impatient or fidgety.

With customizable background color and orientation for your child's new Da Vinci masterpiece, your child can also load and paint on images and photos already saved on your smartphone's SD card, or paint on the included drawing templates. Loading images or templates will auto rotate to portrait or landscape to match the image's orientation and scale to your screen size.

With the child in mind, Kids Ultimate Finger Painting features a kid-friendly auto-naming feature for saving the art to your SD card. It also has many drawing brushes and sizes: dots, continuous free style, lines, triangles, rectangles, rounded rectangles, circles, and stars. A colorful morphing shape tool can be tweaked by easy sliders to many shapes such as crosses, snowflakes, flowers, plus you get a paint bucket fill tool. Your child can specify pen thickness, shape size, whether to automatically fill shapes, select and change the color palette, plus select pen style from ordinary solid, to hue cycle, palette cycle, and random color.

Get your free copy of Kids Ultimate Finger Painting!

Our last app today is a Sim City type game featuring some very nice graphics and a price tag to match. The developer, G5 Entertainment SA, has produced a number of great games as well. Give this one a look!

Name: Virtual City
Rating: 3.9 stars over 123 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: 
Build the city of your dreams, whether it's a residential paradise or an industrial powerhouse. This virtual city-building app for your Android device is a free version of the full Virtual City game--if you enjoy trying this edition, try the Premium version for more features, various settings, and plenty of distinct mission scenarios.


Construct homes and factories, produce goods, and transport commodities. Start small and then watch your fledgling metropolis grow!

Once citizens start flocking to your fair city, you'll have to create a way for them to get around town. Design and create a mass transit system to take people to places like parks, movies, and stadiums.

Get your free copy of Virtual City!

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