Sunday, July 17, 2011

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day 7/17/ 2011: Archipelago

Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Archipelago.

Archipelago is priced at $2.99 in the Android Market. Meanwhile, it is normally priced at $2.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we noted previously, prices sometimes differ between the two stores.

Archipelago is described as follows:
Looking for a highly-addictive real-time strategy game that is easy to learn and hours of fun? Look no further than Archipelago! The goal of the game is quite simple: just capture all of the enemy islands on the map.

Gameplay
Archipelago's gameplay is astonishingly straightforward: Tap an island controlled by your forces to select it, and then tap an enemy A.I. island to send your troops there. Half of an island's available troops participate in the attack; the other half say behind to defend the island. To take over an enemy island you must overwhelm the island with more troops than they have currently defending. It may take several attack waves to capture the island!

The best strategy may include capturing a neutral (grey) island. Large islands can station more troops, and your forces will grow faster. You can send an attack wave from multiple islands. Drag your finger across the screen to select the islands you wish to have participate in the attack.

Game Modes
Archipelago can be played with more than on A.I. player and includes Campaign and Single Game modes. In Campaign Mode, you will always control the blue player, and you have no allies. In Single Game mode, you can configure teams as you desire using seven colors and up to four teams. A useful tutorial is also available to walk you through the game functions.
Archipelago has a 4.5-star rating in the Android Market, and 4-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

Any game that uses an image of a B-24 Liberator earns an extra star from us. Although the B-17 was perhaps the most well-known Allied bomber of World War II, the B-24 was a more modern design with a higher top speed, greater range, and a heavier bomb load, and was an unsung hero in that war.

Amazon.com 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. Amazon.com has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.



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