Friday, February 17, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 2/17/2012: Going Nuts has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Going Nuts. -Specializing in Cheap Flights
Going Nuts is only available in the Android Market as a free ad-supported version, although there isn't a note on the Amazon Appstore that today's release is exclusive. It is normally priced at $0.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted previously, prices sometimes differ between the two marketplaces.

Doodler (Ad-Free) is described as follows:
Going Nuts is a fun game for Android that involves navigating a cute flying squirrel through dense forests while gathering acorns. Enjoy power-ups, upgrades, exciting 3D graphics, OpenFeint achievements, and much more.

Go the Distance

As you fly though lush trees, burnt forests, and other landscapes, avoid colliding with trees and be sure to watch out for owls, bad nuts, and TNT tied to balloons. After each flight, see how far you flew and how many acorns you gathered. Level up and gain rewards by completing goals like collecting 50 nuts total or flying 1,000 meters in one try. You can also smash through obstacles with helmets or dress up as a classic stunt-person.

Go Shopping

After you've collected a stash of nuts, you might want to visit the Shop where you can buy power-ups, upgrades, and outfits. Get a Crash Helmet that allows you to survive one collision with a tree, a Magnet that pulls acorns toward you, or a Head Start that gives you a big flying boost. These and other goodies will set you back a few hundred or thousand acorns.

If you're in the market for some new duds, you'll be happy to know that the Shop offers an assortment of squirrel outfits, from Stuntman and Hot Rod to Skeleton and Flower Power. You can also check out your stats to find out how many acorns you grabbed, your longest flight, and the details of all your deaths.

Go Nuts

If you feel like flying all out, look into the various fun achievements available, including collecting 1,000 frozen nuts to achieve the Winter Coat, hitting 10 owls for the Avian Flu, and flying 200 meters without collecting a single nut to earn the Allergic to Nuts achievement. Show off with OpenFeint leaderboards and have fun Going Nuts!
The free version of Going Nuts has a rating of 4.2 stars in the Android Market and 3.3 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

Almost a point difference between the two stores is pretty significant, and always makes us ask "why?" There are actually more ratings in the Amazon Appstore than the Android Market (70 vs. 58) so we'd have to think mid-3's is a more accurate rating.

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.

No comments: