Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day for 03/06/2012: Vegas Bowling

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

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Vegas Bowling is priced at $0.99 in the Android Market, and is normally priced at $0.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing between the two marketplaces.

Vegas Bowling is described as follows:
Hungry for cash, and sick of hustlin' the same sad folks of the Vegas Strip casinos, these savvy swindlers have taken their game to the North Las Vegas bowling alleys looking for some easy strikes. It's time to play Vegas-style, physics-based finger bowling on your Android device.

10-pin Hustlin'

Lace your multi-colored loafers and shine your ball, this isn't just for recreation anymore. The ball will appear at the end of the lane when it's your turn. Pull the ball back and release it to throw the ball. Pull back further for a faster throw. To throw a curve ball, pull back and flick forward to the left or right--but mind the gutters.

For a curve ball with more precise aiming, move the ball all the way to the right or left. When the ball is spinning fast enough, move it back to the middle, pull back, and release. Alter the weight of the ball to your liking. Heavier balls don't go as fast but pack more of a punch when they hit.

Strikes and Spares

Like standard 10-pin score-keeping, you get two shots at knocking down all 10 pins. Earn a strike, and get another turn. Your total score is the same as how many pins you've knocked down. After each turn, you'll get to view your scorecard.

The sounds and graphics create the pleasant illusion that you're at a real bowling alley, with the exception of league-tees and beer bellies.
Vegas Bowling has a rating of 3.8 stars in the Android Market and a rating of 2.9 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

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Criticism centers on gameplay (which is a bad thing for a game). Poor controls and playability make this game a probable pass, although there is the point that ... assuming the developer continues development on the game ... you could "buy" it now and hope for improvement.

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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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