Friday, April 15, 2011

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for 4/15/2011: Wordsmith

Amazon.com has promised a free app every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Wordsmith, a crossword puzzle-style game.

Wordsmith is $2.49 in the Android Market, and normally is priced at $2.49 in the Amazon Appstore (as noted previously, the two marketplaces sometimes have differing prices).

[Caution: there's also a free Word Smith game, with a space in the name, by a different developer.]

Wordsmith is described as follows:
Second Breakfast Studios' Wordsmith is a scrabble-esque crossword style game. Featuring classic gameplay and up to 60 concurrent matches, it's perfect for both long time players and budding word addicts. Second Breakfast Studios provides a faithful recreation of the classic board. Filled with double letters, triple words, and infinitely massive potential point totals, it brings the timeless excitement of challenging word play to your Android device.

When in Doubt, Just play "Oxyphenbutazone"
Wordsmith balances traditional board play with a rich online gaming community. Play with up to four other opponents. Invite your friends or pick a random user. Connect Wordsmith with your Facebook profile for even greater social connectivity. Use the chat feature to discuss advanced game strategies or two letter words beginning with the letter X.

Switch through up to 60 ongoing competitions with Wordsmith's easily manageable game listings. Matches are listed under two tabs: Your Turn and Their Turn. Wordsmith uses Push Notifications to alert you to when it's your turn. Fit game play around your schedule.

Double Score Letters, Triple Score Words
Wordsmith features all of the key components one would expect from a Scrabble-esque Android app, from double letters, to triple words, to the star-designating starting square. It's a world where success is not based on social confidence or athletic prowess, but on one's mastery of words involving deep alphabet letters. From improving vocabularies to improving mental dexterity, Wordsmith is an essential Android gaming experience.

Score preview indicator
Constantly updated game statistics
Detailed player profiles
Wordsmith has a 4.5 star rating in the Android Market. There is also a free, ad-supported version, Wordsmith Free, which has a 4-star Android Market rating. In the nascent Amazon Appstore, it has a 2.5-star rating. The Amazon.com reviews are negative because of the permissions required by the 1.1.2 version, which Amazon is pushing to devices. The Android Market is shipping a 1.1.3 version, which has fewer permission requirements.

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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