Friday, February 24, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 02/24/2012: Astral Plague has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Astral Plague.

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Astral Plague is priced at $1.49 in the Android Market, and is normally priced at $1.49 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing between the two marketplaces.

Astral Plague is described as follows:
Defend humanity from destruction in Astral Plague!

Zap 'Em

Play as Captain Riley of the spaceship SEPP Paladin, and blast your way through the cosmos. Your mission: To defend humanity against the invasion of hostile aliens. The motives of these Cholerans are unclear, but they are bent on destroying everything in their path!

Zap those aliens to smithereens in this fun, addicting action game. Play through tons of varied levels, and get lost in the deep storyline.

Get Hooked

Astral Plague's gameplay is simple but unique. Combining classic top-down shooters and "tower defense" elements, it is a test of both your reflexes and strategic skills. The intuitive touchscreen controls make it easy to steer the ship and shoot the bad guys.

Play through multiple chapters filled with rich story and varied levels. Engage in planetary protection, escort convoys, and see how long you can survive. Upgrade your arsenal with in-game power-ups , and tailor the SEPP Paladin to your playing style.
Astral Plague has a rating of 5.0 stars in the Android Market and a rating of 3.6 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

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So, the reason Astral Plague has a 5.0 rating in the Android Market is that the game only has 3 ratings, period. There is a demo version that also has a 5.0 rating, but only 4 ratings. We'd guess the high 3's is the appropriate rating.

One thing is that the game isn't compatible with Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) at the time of this writing, so there are some 1-star ratings based on that, which means the overall rating in the Appstore would rise somewhat once that is corrected.

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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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