Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day, 12/28/2011: MONOPOLY

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

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MONOPOLY is priced at $4.99 in the Android Market and is normally priced at $4.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted previously, prices sometimes differ between the two marketplaces.

MONOPOLY is described as follows:
Legend has it that the modern version of the MONOPOLY board game was invented during the Depression by an unemployed man named Charles Darrow. Rebuffed by the major game companies of the time, he published it himself--and it went on to become perhaps the world's most popular board game.

Now, in the 21st century, you can play the same classic game of MONOPOLY on your Kindle Fire. And it's a ton of fun.

Amass Your Fortune

So, do you like to buy Boardwalk and Park Place and hope to make it big on a few unlucky rolls by your opponent? Or is your strategy to go with the Green, Red, or Yellow properties and slowly bleed your adversaries dry? However you like to play MONOPOLY, you'll love playing the Android version.


Single-Player Fun

One of the great things about playing the digital version of MONOPOLY is that you don't have to track down someone willing to take you on--you can match your business acumen against the computer any time you feel like it. Set the AI opponent at three levels of difficulty, so you'll always get a challenge (or if you prefer, an easy win). Of course, it's much more fun to switch to Pass 'N Play mode, just so you can see your rivals' faces when you crush them.

Smooth, Intuitive Interface

This is quite simply a great-looking, well-designed app. Just pick your favorite piece, shake your device to roll the dice, and you're off. Tap the screen to zoom in and examine the details of any space or property. Turn the board with a quick swipe. Your money and properties are automatically tracked for you. All you need to do is scheme your way to economic domination.

The Game You Know and Love

There are also many options regarding your money, how many houses you need to buy to create a MONOPOLY, theme music, and more. Just set up the type of game you like to play and get to it.

Are you ready to become a real-estate tycoon? Aiming to be the next Bill Gates or Warren Buffett? Show everyone your true financial genius with MONOPOLY for Android.
MONOPOLY has a rating of 3.4 stars in the Android Market, and 3.4 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

It's not often that anything is rated identically between the two stores, and although 3.4 stars rates as somewhat mediocre in our book, this is MONOPOLY, so we're sure you know how to play the game already, and it is a $4.99 game, normally.

It appears the game has more than a few bugs, so that's one problem to be concerned about, and one reason for the lowered ratings. Improvement can only be expected, though, so we'd recommend getting it free, now, while you can.

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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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