Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day, 4/5/2011: Backbreaker Football

It's gone. If you hadn't opted-in for a chance at Angry Birds Rio (ad-free), gratis at the Amazon Appstore, it's no longer free as of this morning. We speculated yesterday that the app, which had been free in the Appstore since its launch two weeks ago, was at the end of its free reign when yesterday Amazon again made it the free app of the day. The ad free version is now $0.99 cents. There is still an ad-supported free version, however.

Meanwhile, Amazon.com has promised a free app every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Backbreaker Football.

Backbreaker is $2.99 in the Android Market, and normally is priced at the same price in the Amazon Appstore (as noted previously, the two marketplaces sometimes have differing prices).

Backbreaker Football might be the only football you see for a long time, if the NFL lockout continues as many speculate. It's described as follows:
NaturalMotion Games Limited's Backbreaker is an intense three-dimensional arcade football experience. Like a football combine on steroids, Backbreaker focuses on individualistic feats of football-based athleticism. Backbreaker eliminates all of the excess, leaving only the essential parts; namely high speed end zone runs, early onset dementia-inducing tackles, and howboating. Leave the team work to the soccer players; Backbreaker is you against wave after wave of glory crushing defenders. You score touchdowns by sprinting, juking and spinning; racking up combos and score multipliers on your way to the end zone. Backbreaker features 90 waves, 9 challenges, and 3 difficulty levels. Set in a stunning 3D stadium with multi-angle instant replays, Backbreaker is a thrilling offense-based take on America's most popular pastime.
Backbreaker Football is another example of an app receiving horrible Amazon.com ratings, but great Android Market ones. The app has over 2,000 ratings for a 4-star average out of 5 in the Android Market. The THD version, which is more expensive at $4.99, but supports NVIDIA Tegra 2 devices for enhanced gameplay, is in the 4.5 star range (the Motorola Xoom is an example of a Tegra 2 device). In the nascent Amazon Appstore, it has only 35 reviews, and is in the 2.5-star range. Still, it's free: how can you go wrong?

The Amazon Appstore requires sideloading, which means that for now AT&T devices can't use it. As we noted before, however, there is a way to at least "reserve" these free apps for installation later, when AT&T corrects the issue, as it has promised.

Amazon opened up the Appstore despite a lawsuit by Apple, which has previously trademarked the term "App Store." Microsoft has filed an appeal against that trademark, saying the term is too generic.

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