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The online retailer jumps into the gaming business with an appropriately book-themed title

We should have figured that with Amazon getting involved in making TV shows, it was only a matter of time before it branched out into another form of entertainment: computer games. The retailer has launched its own game development unit, called Amazon Game Studios, to create social games for Facebook.

Its first title, Living Classics, is a hidden object puzzle game in the vein of Gardens of Time. Fittingly, it lets you pore over scenes from classic literature such as "The Wizard of Oz" and "Alice in Wonderland" in an effort to pick out hard-to-spot objects and earn points. In addition to hidden objects, the game mixes things up by giving you other challenges, such as finding all of the moving objects in a scene.

There's no word on what Amazon Game Studios will be doing next, but the company is hiring more game development staff. We wouldn't be at all surprised if it eventually goes on to create exclusive titles for Amazon's Kindle Fire.

[via Gamasutra]

This article was written by Randy Nelson and originally appeared on Tecca

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