Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Second Straight Day? Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day for Sept. 27, 2011: Treasures of Montezuma 2

Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Treasures of Montezuma 2.

Treasures of Montezuma 2 is priced at $3.07 in the Android Market, and is normally priced at $1.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we noted previously, prices sometimes differ between the two stores.

We're wondering why Treasures of Montezuma 2 is the free app of the day for the second straight day. It's not like the game is Angry Birds. It's something that's never been done before, although when Amazon.com launched it made Angry Birds Rio its first free app when the store opened, and continued to keep it free for a while. At the time, however, it continued to have issue new free daily apps.

Treasures of Montezuma 2 is described as follows:
Welcome Back to the Jungle

Ancient Aztec secrets and riddles, plenty of magical artifacts, and three game modes await you in Treasures of Montezuma 2 for your Android phone. Combine pieces of the same color and complete missions within the given time for bonus scores and gold, which you spend on various upgrades. When you discover Aztec magic and gather all the precious jewels, you will rebuild the Heavenly City: Tenochtitlan.

Switch and Click

In The Treasures of Montezuma 2 is an all new match-three game with more levels, more challenges, and more fun. Charge up your totems and unleash special powers by making multiple token matches. Rack up a high score by activating Lightning Speed with a series of insanely fast matches. Finally, unlock trophies for performing amazing feats as you collect all of the gems on each level before your time runs out.

This cleverly designed and beautifully animated rendition of the original Treasures of Montezuma for your PC, originally created by Alawar, brings the match-three fun to your mobile phone.
Product Reviews

"The Treasures of Montezuma 2 features the relatively standard modes of Adventure, Survival, and Puzzle at its core, but the game also jams two extra styles of gameplay into the match-three gameplay to keep things fresh, with the aforementioned buildings helping add spice to the bonus blocks, and hidden treasure adding much-needed additional interest." - Peter Eykemans, Pocket Gamer

"Surprisingly the game is fun and addicting. I was not expecting to play a game like this but it really is. Solid 8/10." - Jay Booshay, What's Good Blog
Treasures of Montezuma 2 has a 4.3-star rating in the Android Market, and a 4.0-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

invisibleSHIELDWe don't have much to say today in addition to our prior comments. We hope Amazon.com isn't entering into a "phase" of these sorts of repeats. If they want to repeat an app, let's make it something useful, like a useful utility (Tasker?).

Just to rehash, there is a free version (Lite) in the Android Market as well. Some of the complaints in the Amazon Appstore are not about the game itself, but the game genre. In other words, they were "aaagh, not another Bejeweled clone!" type reviews, rather than commenting on the game itself.

10% Off Carrot Ink Products Today!Those who are considering "buying" a Free Amazon Appstore app might want to consider what it means to developers.

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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