Saturday, February 04, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 2/4/2012: Vanessa Saint-Pierre Delacroix & Her Nightmare has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Vanessa Saint-Pierre Delacroix & Her Nightmare.

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Vanessa Saint-Pierre Delacroix & Her Nightmare is exclusive to the Amazon Appstore for 30 days. It is normally priced at $0.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted previously, prices sometimes differ between the two marketplaces.

Vanessa Saint-Pierre Delacroix & Her Nightmare is described as follows:
Vanessa Saint-Pierre Delacroix faces a serious issue--and it's not just signing her name. She is stuck. She is stuck on a six-sided, 3D cube with nothing but a key, a door, and her wits--which are controlled by you. Did her nightmare just become worse?

This is more than just a puzzle game. It's a 3D, spider-infested, stupefying, wonderfully-horrific puzzle nightmare.

Curiosity Captured Vanessa

Vanessa loves two things: puzzles and exploring, and her meddling curiosity has gotten you both into all kinds of mind-boggling trouble. One day, while exploring her father's antique shop, she discovers a mysterious, mechanical box. After fiddling around with it, the box sucks her and her world inside. Use your considerable puzzle-solving skills to twist and turn her way to freedom.

The Stuff of 3D Nightmares

Across more than three dozen levels, guide Vanessa from the entrance of each level to the exit until she finally makes it home. Standing between her and freedom are a number of gameplay mechanics. Move blocks and turn faces of the cube to navigate Vanessa out of this nightmare.

What's so mind-boggling about that, you ask? The two-dimensional world lies on the surface of a three-dimensional magic cube, and you must rotate each face of the cube to find the multiple solutions to only one exit per level.

Return to the Underworld

And it's not just hard the first time. You'll be tempted to go back and replay levels to earn more coins, achievements, and better solutions to each puzzle--as if your productivity in the real world wasn't disrupted enough the first time around.

Now We're Just Showing Off

Maybe you normally dream in black-and-white, but this game is a nightmare deluxe. Vanessa Saint-Pierre Delacroix and Her Nightmare won Best Design in the Independent Game Developers Competition and was a nominee and finalist for the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Awards, Indie Game Challenge, sponsored by GameStop. Additionally, it was the PAX 10 Official Selection by Penny Arcade Expo.

Enjoy award-winning game design from acclaimed designer, David Sushil complemented with music by Telethon.
Vanessa Saint-Pierre Delacroix & Her Nightmare has a rating of 3.7 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

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3.7 stars we'd consider so-so, but the app is also available in the iOS App Store (iPhone, iPad) for $0.99 or $1.99 (HD version for iPad). There the ratings are well above 4-stars.

Replay Games is the team responsible for the upcoming reboot of the Leisure Suit Larry franchise.

Our verdict: even if the Android version is only rated at 3.7 stars, it will improve. "Buy" it now while it's free.

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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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