Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 02/28/2012: My First Tangrams

Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is My First Tangrams .

My First Tangrams is priced at $1.99 in the Android Market, and is normally priced at $1.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing between the two marketplaces.

My First Tangrams is described as follows:
Smart Fun

My First Tangrams includes 36 Tangram-style puzzles that have been simplified for young children. Featuring vibrant colors, smooth animations, and a clean interface, this app helps kids recognize shapes and objects while improving spatial skills and having fun.

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Puzzles appear on a wooden backdrop, with the puzzle outlines on the left and colorful puzzle pieces randomly arranged on the right. The pieces are already properly oriented, so rotation is not required. Simply touch a puzzle piece and drag it to the appropriate space. If correctly placed, you'll be rewarded with the sound of a bell.

Puzzle-Solving Star

My First Tangrams features kid-friendly objects including a boat, a fish, a house, a flower, and much more. You'll also enjoy relaxing background music while you play. Best of all, you'll feel like a puzzle-solving star when you hear the applause after successfully completing each puzzle. Have fun learning shapes and solving puzzles with My First Tangrams.
My First Tangrams has a rating of 4.2 stars in the Android Market and a rating of 3.2 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

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There's a big difference between the two stores, but My First Tangrams's 4.2 rating in the Android Market comes with only 8 ratings at the time of this writing. The Amazon Appstore has 48 ratings at the time of this writing. There's also a free version (Lite) in the Android Market with a 4.4 star rating with, again, 8 ratings.

Quite a few complain that this is yet another children's game in the Amazon Appstore, arguing that Amazon.com needs to change the FAOTD for TAOTD (Toddler App of the Day).

Others note that these aren't really Tangrams (2). By simplifying the game, the developer has changed the game so much that it isn't really a Tangrams app.

There is a very highly rated free app in the Android Market called simply Tangram. Done by the well known Magna Mobile, it has nearly 9,300 ratings and a 4.5 star rating overall.

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Those who are considering "buying" a Free Amazon Appstore app might want to consider what it means to developers.

Amazon.com 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. Amazon.com has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.

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