Sunday, February 19, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 2/19/2012: Mahjong Artifacts has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Mahjong Artifacts.

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We can't find the paid version of Mahjong Artifacts in the Android Market, although there isn't a note on the Amazon Appstore that today's release is exclusive. It is normally priced at $4.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted previously, prices sometimes differ between the two marketplaces.

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Mahjong Artifacts is described as follows:
The Hunt is On!

Ready to search the world looking for treasure? Mahjong Artifacts will take you on an epic puzzle-quest! The prequel to Mahjong Artifacts: Chapter 2, you'll be occupied for hours with everything it has to offer.

This is a classic Mahjong tile matching puzzle game--match and remove two tiles with the same symbols that can be shifted either left or right without disturbing any other tiles. Clear out all the tiles to finish the layout before you run out of moves to make.

But that's not all--Mahjong Artifacts also features special tiles with powerful abilities that open up new strategies to clear tiles. Use them wisely, and you'll get far.

Game On!

Three game modes offer a wide variety of play experiences. Story mode features the epic artifact-hunting quest, with 25 layouts in five exotic locations. Classic mode allows you to choose from 100 layouts to clear. Then there's Endless mode, which challenges you to keep removing tiles from an ever-rising tower. How long can you last?

Mahjong Artifacts boasts 27 beautiful backgrounds, five artistic tile sets, and music tracks inspired by ancient cultures. Exercise your planning skills and guile to take out all the tiles!
Mahjong Artifacts (the free version) has a rating of 4.6 stars in the Android market, and a rating of 4.6 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

Amazing synchronicity between the two markets. And those ratings are done with a large number of ratings, too. There are over 2,000 in the Android Market and over 200 in the Amazon Appstore. Despite the Market ratings being for the free version, we'd still say, "buy" it while it's free.

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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