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on December 10, 2010
I was really surprised to see "SLINGO", an old favorite of mine, suddenly available for my Kindle. Years ago I had a hand-held version, and to this day it had remained my favorite Slingo. The newer ones have gone off on too many tangents. I'm happy to report that this version of Slingo is almost the same as the original!

The board is the typical Slingo type, with five columns of five numbers.....just like a Bingo card. There are five reels at the bottom, one for each row, and when you spin them, numbers appear. If a number matches one on your Slingo card, you get to mark it off. The idea is, as in Bingo, to eliminate all numbers on your card.

You get a total of 20 spins to clear your card. As you clear one or more rows, columns or diagonals (called a "Slingo"), you are awarded points. If your removal of a single number creates more than one Slingo, you are awarded bonus points. Removing numbers on your card is easy done by using the 4-direction button on your Kindle.

Along the way, there are other items that may or may not show up on your reels. Jokers can be used to match and remove any number in a column. Devils will take 1/2 your score, unless a Cherub also appears to save you. The Cherub might on occasion also double your score! Coins sometimes appear to give you an extra 1,000 points each.

Spins 1-16 are free, but your last four spins will cost you from 500 to 2,000 points. You can win free spins when they appear on your reels during the game.

The stats page is very nicely done, and includes some interesting stats such as average score, average card-fill percentage, total Slingos, etc.

The only thing missing from this game is the sound. But I never did like listening to the Devil laughing whenever he took half my points, so I enjoy not having to hear him.

This Kindle version is a very good adaptation of a classic hand-held and PC game, and I think it is well worth the price. If Amazon keeps this up, I may have to unload a few books from my Kindle to make room for the games! (Not really, as each game seems to take up the same amount of memory as just one book.)
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on January 1, 2011
You may notice that most of the reviews mention having played Slingo in other forms, so they were obviously written by fans of the game. Apparently the developers did a very good job of porting the game to Kindle, so if you like the game already, this is a good purchase.

But what about the game itself? I'd never played Slingo, so I went to the Slingo website to try it for myself in the "original" version. (The game started, from what I can tell, on AOL back when AOL content was separate from the rest of the internet.) It's--well--just what it says on the tin: a combination of slots and bingo. You spin a simulated slot machine for numbers, which you then use to fill out a bingo card. There are jokers and devils to liven things up slightly and provide you with a few choices, but it's still remarkably straightforward and . . . well, boring, at least to me.

I'm not one to criticize other people's passtimes. I'm nearly addicted to the Blackjack Kindle game, and it's just as mindless. But even in the world of mindless, no-skill gambling-style games, I can't imagine two more boring games than slot machines and bingo. (Well, maybe roulette.) Other people LOVE slots and bingo, as any trip to a casino or senior center will show. And not just for the flashing lights, casual companionship, and chance of winning a jackpot, apparently, since this game provides none of those.

So, know what you're getting before you buy this game. Go over to Slingo's website if you want to try playing it for free. If hearing the words "slots" and "bingo" together gets your heart pumping, this may be the best thing since sliced bread. If they make you yawn and shake your head like me, you probably want to skip this game.
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on December 9, 2010
This is another insidious attempt by the Kindle to eat-up our free time! And enjoying every minute of it!

Combine the thrill of playing a slot machine (minus the gambling aspect) with the pure luck of Bingo (solitaire) and throw in a dash of strategy (to garner more points and improve your "stats")....and you have Slingo. Don't let the somewhat silly name throw you....there's some great entertainment here for everyone!

This game plays great on the Kindle....looks great on the Kindle....and is, to be quite honest, addictive and a heck of a lot of fun. I just went through a few hours playing this game and found it to be almost mesmerizing.

At first, it seems rather simple....until you get half-way through your first game and begin to realize there's a strategy to be developed here. The impressive "stats" that the game keeps on your play only serves to make one try harder, play again....and again....and again. I highly recommend you read the brief 3-short-page "Help" section first. Three minutes of effort, and you'll get a whole lot more out of Slingo from the first play!

As I've said in other Kindle game reviews....if you love using your Kindle for entertainment, and need a break from reading, this is a great time-killer, relaxer, and challenger all in one!
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on December 13, 2010
I bought my Kindle to read books..that's it, just to read books. But I saw that Slingo was available for download and decided to give it a try. Now I wish I hadn't because it is so darn addictive! I can't stop playing it! The game is just like the online version. A bingo/slot hybrid. Its a quick game that keeps you occupied. If I have one complaint its that I wish it could have sound. Other than that, its a fun game and works well on my Kindle!
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on December 16, 2010
I hadnt played this game in years and now it shows up on Kindle! I used to play on my PC for hours. Its like reuniting with a long lost friend! I wish I could play online against other users as I could on PC but its still a fantastic way to spend some downtime!
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on July 27, 2011
Best money spent, I can take my kindle (Thank God!)to the hospital, & to skilled nursing where there was no wi-fi. Slingo's addicting, & I got the 1 for my husbands DS. He's had a brain tumor & can work it. Now, my kindle synced on my droid phone.
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on December 27, 2010
I like playing this game on my new Kindle.Reviewers could be hasty in some of their reviews. What do they expect on a Reading Device anyway? I am happy with Slingo on the Kindle, it will be a change of pace in between books.It plays like the Slots, and Bingo and is based on the roll you get. Simple and easy. Strategy well not much at all but neither is a slot machine. You pull the lever and hope for the matches. Same with the Slingo game.I do like it.
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on December 26, 2010
I haven't played Slingo in so long. I grew up playing this game on a small handheld my grandma got me. We would play constantly and eventually the game broke. I haven't played it in years and once I saw this on the kindle market place I knew I just had to buy it!

This game may not be a game for rocket scientists or people who want a very challenging game, but I play it to pass the time and entertain myself. There is some skill involved, even though it may not seem like it.

Use your jokers wisely and have fun!
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on December 23, 2010
My mom got me hooked on SLINGO many years ago. I got the kindle for reading but then I was surprised at how many games were available too. Slingo is a fun game and this version is great. Unfortunately I've stayed up way past when I should playing it because it's addicting. I keep saying, one more round and then off to sleep. No, this time it will be one more round and then sleep. Etc.
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on December 29, 2010
I played this game for the first time yesterday while I was waiting for my car to get fixed. I had so much fun that I had not realized that I had played constantly the entire time. I was amazed to see that I had been playing for 3 hours straight! This was fun...and it kept me from realizing how long it was taking to get my car fixed! Even this granny enjoyed it! Try it!
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