Video: Amazon's "Living Classics" goes live on Facebook

Posted by Trent Nouveau



Amazon has rolled out its first "moving object" game on Facebook.

Dubbed "Living Classics," the social networking game allows players to control a family of foxes who wander into animated illustrations from various fairy tales, including Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz and King Arthur.



In addition to debuting the above-mentioned Facebook app, the Seattle-based 
retailer took the opportunity to introduce its newly minted Game Studios, which Amazon says will focus on creating innovative, fun and well-crafted titles.



It should be noted that the introduction of "Living Classics" is only the latest step the Seattle-based corporation has taken as part of a larger strategy to eke out its own space in the lucrative mobile gaming market. 

Indeed, Amazon recently rolled out GameCircle for the Kindle Fire which offers tablet owners a slew of new gaming options - such as easily keeping track of achievements, accessing leaderboards and syncing across devices.

Amazon's decision to debut GameCircle and "Living Classics" at this juncture is likely anything but arbitrary, as the Seattle-based corporation is reportedly prepping at least three new Fire devices for launch later this fall.



As Richard Shim of NPD DisplaySearch notes, there will be at least three new iterations of the "Kindle Fire 2," and perhaps even a fourth as Amazon may be be readying an 8.9-inch Fire tablet with 1920 x 1200 resolution for Q4 2012.

In the meantime, says Shim, Amazon is prepping three new Kindle Fire tablets with 7-inch screens weighing in at various resolutions:  1024 x 600 (no camera), 1280 x 800 (with camera), 1280 x 800 (includes camera and 4G connectivity).

Although detailed specs haven't been officially confirmed by the retail giant, most industry watchers expect the devices to be powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor or a TI OMAP chip. Screen pixel density would likely be set at 216 pixels per inch, the same as Google's Nexus 7, but still significantly lower than Apple's flagship iPad.