Sunday, January 8, 2012

Top Apps of the Week for January 1-7

Looking at the week ahead, there's a lot going on for Kindle Fire fans. We're heading into the second half of our Kindle Fire Giveaway, we've got lots of excellent books to show off, there is some new hardware accessories for the Fire we'll be talking about, and we may get into alternative browsers for the Fire as well. As always, thanks for making us your destination for news, tips, apps, books, and more!

If you're a football fan who's excited about the playoffs, check out Amazon's new NFL Playoffs 2012 page for fan gear, party supplies, and electronic equipment that'll make each game the game of a lifetime!

Screen Dim is a great new utility that gives you greater control over the brightness of the Fire. We profiled it earlier in the week, and there was no mistake that lots of people were looking for a solution for this. We here at the Kindle Fire Department are very glad to be able to knock off another problem people have with this great and affordable app.

Name: Screen Dim
Rating: 4.4 stars over 7 reviews
Price: 0.99
Description: Is your minimum screen brightness still too bright? Dim your screen below what your device normally permits for comfortable use in darker environments, reading in bed, amateur astronomy, etc. No root required.

Save your five favorite brightness and contrast settings as a preset, and get it back by touching a single button or by a Launcher shortcut. ScreenDim also creates a notification item in your status bar so you can easily go back to it to adjust settings.

ScreenDim is the first dimmer that can both adjust backlight brightness below what the system normally permits on many LCD devices and dim the contrast. Some dimmers only lower the contrast, which keeps the black areas unchanged and glowing gray on LCD devices when in the dark. Other dimmers only change the backlight within the range normally allowed by the OS.

Get your copy of Screen Dim!

A great game that is well worth the dollar price, people keep flocking to Secret of Grisly Manor. It may not be the longest game ever, but it's a sure-fire source of entertainment.

Name: The Secret of Grisly Manor
Rating: 3.3 stars over 1,368 reviews
Price: 0.99
Your grandfather, a highly eccentric inventor, has mysteriously vanished, and the police have listed him as a missing person. But you receive a letter from your Grandfather dismissing reports of his disappearance! "Please come at once," his letter says, "I have something to show you!" Just what is your grandfather up to? You're about to embark on a very strange hunt for clues in his foreboding and strange mansion, Grisly Manor.

The Secret of Grisly Manor is a classic game of hunting down the clues and solving the brain busting puzzles. Scattered throughout your grandfather's mansion are a series of weird, seemingly unrelated objects that hold the secret to his whereabouts.

As you explore the manor, you pick and store items until you need to use them. What the devil do you need that fishbowl for? Which way should the four wooden owls be facing? And how are you going to extract the wrench that's frozen solid in the freezer?

Get your copy of The Secret of Grisly Manor!

I've already watched a few of the classic movies from this next app. I'll tell you, when someone catches you watching an old black in white movie, it immediately bumps you up a notch in their eyes. It would be harder to make people think I was cultured if I told them I went to Oxford!

Name: Movie Vault - Classic Films
Rating: 3.1 stars over 17 reviews
Price: 1.99
Description: Movie Vault - Classic Films features free, full-length classic movies, streamed right to your Android device. Rediscover or experience for the first time some of classic Hollywood's most exciting and memorable filmmaking and performances: Charlie Chaplin, Bette Davis, Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, Alfred Hitchcock, Judy Garland, John Wayne, Joan Bennett, Orson Welles, and many more.

Movie Vault currently has more than 1,000 classic movies ready for download, at no additional cost to you. You can browse movies in the Vault by genre or search by keyword, actor name, title, director, or other criteria. You can either watch a movie immediately or save it to a queue to watch later.

All cover art and movie information is fed directly from The app's elegant user interface includes custom-designed shelves for each genre: Western, Horror, Comedy, etc.

Get your copy of Movie Vault - Classic Films!

It's amazing how much people go for the classics. PAC MAN never gets old, despite being over 30, and I can't blame people for wanting this one for the Fire. So much fun!

Rating: 3.3 stars over 324 reviews
Price: 1.99
From his rise in the 80s to his 30th anniversary appearance on Google's homepage, PAC-MAN has been a staple in pop culture for three decades. After all, who can forget the countless hours and quarters spent avoiding pesky ghosts, devouring delicious dots, and snacking on sweet fruit? Now PAC-MAN, the world-famous arcade classic, returns in this faithful rendition for Android--with the same spectral chases, quick decisions, and insatiably hungry yellow hero you know and love.

What? You want a story? It's PAC-MAN! Eat all the dots in the maze to move to the next stage while avoiding four ghosts. Eat Power Pellets to temporarily turn the ghosts blue and soften them up for snack time. Swallow them to send their eyes scurrying back to their base. Use their recovery time to snag all the dots in every corner of the maze. Eat the fruits and bonus items that appear for additional points and see how high you can score.

Get your copy of PAC MAN!

This last app actually only appeared on the site for an hour. Someone posted that it didn't work for the Fire, and I was kind of freaking out when in that time a ton of people still bought it, but there were no other complaints, and as the reviews can attest, the app works great on the Fire. Phew!

Name: Pinball HD
Rating: 4.8 stars over 9 reviews
Price: $1.99 0.99
Description: Pinball HD will change your idea of pinball on your Android tablet. Each pinball table (Wild West, The Deep, and Jungle style) are masterpieces. You'll be stunned with the level of realism. This is a real pinball simulator with stunning 3D graphics both with or without 3D glasses.

Get your copy of Pinball HD!

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