Gaming on Kindle Fire Review

As a hardcore gamer, the very first thing that I tried on my newly bought Amazon Kindle Fire ~ games. Lot of games testing… Kindle Fire is powered by 1 GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 dual-core processor and 304 MHz PowerVR SGX540 GPU. Kindle Fire has 7″ multi-touch (2 points only) IPS screen with resolution 600Γ—1024 px. Its IPS display really shines here (look better than iPad due to higher pixel density).

By the way, Kindle Fire is using the same SoC like Samsung Galaxy S II GT-I9100G model in Malaysia. Some SGS2 I9100G owners claim that PowerVR SGX540 GPU is better than SGS2 I9100 ARM Mali-400 MP GPU. Does PowerVR SGX540 GPU perform well in all 2D and 3G games? Let’s find out…

Angry Birds Seasons, Fruit Ninja, Cut the Rope, Airport Mania 2: Wild Trips, Xmas Pinball, Shine Runner, World of Goo, Where’s My Water?, Dungeon Defenders: Second Wave, Sprinkle, Roboto, Fieldrunners HD, Sleepy Jack, SHADOWGUN and Wind-up Knight are the games that I tested on Kindle Fire. Kindle Fire performs very well on 2D games like Angry Birds Seasons, Cut the Rope, Airport Mania 2: Wild Trips, World of Goo, Where’s My Water?, Sprinkle and Fieldrunners HD and 3D games like Fruit Ninja, Sleepy Jack and Roboto.

Shine Runner, Dungeon Defenders: Second Wave, Xmas Pinball and Wind-up Knight 3D games are okay to play but lag a bit sometime. Finally, PowerVR SGX540 GPU fails to perform well on complex FPS 3D games like SHADOWGUN.

As a conclusion, Kindle Fire is perfect for normal 2D and 3D games (except intensive 3D games like SHADOWGUN). Can’t argue much for the price that you pay @ $199. A nice Android tablet for kids, family and casual users…

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  • Projectgilda

    Nice video, Jayce. It’s not surprising that Amazon are making a loss on each unit sold with performance at that price. Shadowgun was nearly there and wind-up knight suffers from lazy programming as it can lag on my SGS2 (and it’s not exactly graphic intensive).

    I didn’t expect it to be that good to be honest.

    As someone who hasn’t had a hands on yet (I’m in the UK) a couple of questions:

    1) What is the overall build quality like?
    2) How responsive is the touch screen?
    3) Compared to say SGS2, how good is the screen in terms of brightness, contrast and resolution?
    4) How good and loud is the speaker?

    Thanks, as always.

    • 1. Build quality is good and solid.
      2. Not as responsive as SGS2. It is using 2 points touch screen like HTC HD2.
      3. Super AMOLED Plus sure win. But I have no complaint on Kindle Fire IPS display.
      4. Not so loud but enough for closed room usage.

  • fml

    PC & console gaming in serious trouble πŸ™‚
    actually have u use trading platform in tablet? am looking for suitable one to replace my net book, not too sure if android really suitable (of coz still waiting for asus transformer prime)

    • OSK mobile trading is okay to use. But those trading platforms which need IE ActiveX sure won’t work.

  • Hassen

    Could you provide clickable links for all these games, im lazy πŸ™‚

  • Ma

    So in your opinion, is PowerVR better than ARM Mali 400?

    • No, of course ARM Mali-400 MP GPU is better than PowerVR SGX540 GPU.

  • Kevin

    where can you find these games?
    what is the best kindle fire games? for you?

  • angi

    hi jayce nice set of games! thanks for sharing. did you have your kindle fire rooted? or just sideloaded the games?

    • Yes, rooted. And still sideloading because not all apps and games are available in Android Market on Kindle Fire.

  • andres

    What is the name of the games? Some of them are really intresting

    • Didn’t you read the article?

  • Chaitany

    Hi Jayce, you’ve published some wonderful info out there. i would like to know which operating system you’re currently using on your kindle fire? Is it ICS ? does the performance differ as per the OS ?

    • Using CM7 ROM. ICS is still a little buggy now. πŸ˜‰

  • Fabio Anselmi

    How to work Need for speed shift and real racing 2 on the kindle fire ?

    • No idea about NFS Shift. As for Real Racing 2, just sideload it to Kindle Fire.