Friday, February 03, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 2/3/2012: Flick Kick Field Goal has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Flick Kick Field Goal.

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Flick Kick Field Goal is priced at $1.99 in the Android Market. It is normally priced at $1.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted previously, prices sometimes differ between the two marketplaces.

Flick Kick Field Goal is described as follows:
Bring the fun and accessibility of flick football to your Android device with this casual sports title from PikPok Games. Try to make kicks from different angles and distances, and even take into account shifting wind speeds and directions. Choose from Sudden Death, Arcade, Time Attack, and Practice modes, then use the intuitive flick controls to begin playing right away. Easy to pick up but hard to put down, this classic time-killer is sure to appeal to casual gamers and die-hard football fans alike.


In Flick Kick Field Goal, players take on the role of a field goal kicker on a football team as they try to make kicks of varying difficulty through the goalposts at the end of the field. Pick one of four different game modes: Practice, Sudden Death, Arcade, or Time Attack, and try out Flick Kick Field Goal's intuitive control system to begin making kicks like a pro.

To make a kick, simply line your finger up with the football and flick the touchscreen in the direction of the goalposts. Not every kick is straightforward though: experiment with curving left or right in your followthrough, or give a longer swipe to kick the ball further. Find the technique that works for you, then adjust each kick to account for changing windspeeds and angles.

Challenging Conditions

To add to the difficulty, factor in winds that can come from any angle or change severity with each kick. Anything from a light breeze to gale force winds must be taken into account if you want to succeed.

Online Scores and Achievements

Flick Kick Field Goal features online leaderboards and achievements with OpenFeint support. Rack up the points and then post your newest scores to Flick Kick's global leaderboards. Think you're good? Show off your skills online as you compete against others for the top spot!

Multiple Game Modes
Sudden Death

Challenge your concentration with this classic test of skill. Score as many field goals as possible without missing a kick. With no time limit given, just focus and keep making kicks to add multipliers to your score.

Arcade Mode
Make three kicks at eight different positions. Adjust your aim to score as many points as possible, then use the third kick at each position to score additional bonus points. Keep making successful field goals to build up a score multiplier, but watch out for changes in wind strength and direction: you'll need nerves of steel to keep that multiplier going under pressure!

Time Attack

Score as many goals as possible within the given time limit in this quickfire flick kicking challenge. As each successful field goal adds on bonus time, you'll have to keep cool and maintain steady aim to rack up a new highscore.

Practice Mode

Take the pressure of scores and time limits off your shoulders as you perfect your technique and learn how to become the best flick kicker in the world.

Key Features
  • Simple and intuitive flick controls make it easy to pick up and begin play
  • Challenging gameplay with shifting windspeeds and target distances
  • Loading screens with famous football quotes and trivia
  • Roaring crowds and full 3D graphics bring a new level of realism to flick football
  • Compete against others through OpenFeint online scoring and achievements
Flick Kick Field Goal has a rating of 4.3 stars in the Android Market and 2.8 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

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It's a huge difference between the two markets, and Flick Kick Field Goal isn't one of those in the recent trend of Amazon Appstore selections: it's not unknown in the Android Market. It has 1,495 ratings in the Android Market, and it still has that 4.3 star rating.

Now, the Amazon Appstore version is 1.1.0 and and the Android Market version is 1.0.8, so there's a chance some bugs were introduced with the new version, probably created to meet the requirements of the Amazon Appstore Approval process.

The majority of issues in the Amazon Appstore appear to be on the Kindle Fire (go figure). Since you can't install on the Kindle Fire from the Android Market (no Android Market in's customized Android build), it explains the much larger percentage of 1-star ratings in the Appstore.

That, and of course, the Kindle Fire is very new, and thus couldn't possible affect 1,495 reviews that much.

Our take: it's the Amazon Appstore and the developer will fix the Kindle Fire issues. "Buy" it now while it's free. It's certainly timed well, with Super Bowl XLVI nearly here.

There is an iOS version of the game, also for $0.99 (App Store link).

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Those who are considering "buying" a Free Amazon Appstore app might want to consider what it means to developers. 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. has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.

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