Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day for 03/20/2012: Doodle God

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

Doodle God is priced at $2.96 in Google Play, and is normally priced at $2.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing between the two marketplaces.

Doodle God is described as follows:
With a name like Doodle God, you might think this is a simple doodling app. Wrong! In this game you mix fire, water, earth, air, and more to create storms, build armies, and grow civilizations. The graphics may be simple doodles, but make no bones about it--in this game, you are an almighty god!


"In the beginning there was only Doodle God." This proclamation kicks off your adventure in godhood. The premise of the game is simple: mix the four basic elements to create new ones, then mix those together, and so on. For example, by combining fire and air, you make energy. Mix fire and water and you make... alcohol? Why not--you're a god, after all.

Limitless Possibilities (Well, Almost)

Keep combining because your first assignment is to create more than 100 items (dust, clouds, dolphins, etc.). The full app boasts almost 200 items and concepts, much more than the online game. Your ultimate goal? To forge your own complete world, right down to the insects and mud. Can you do it in less than seven days (or seven hours)? Doodle God dares you to try.

It Can Be Punny

Just to keep it fun, Doodle God throws in relevant quotes and maxims along the way. For example, when you mix water and earth to create a swamp, the app tells you a joke: "What do swearing frogs say? Oh, bull frog!" OK, we said they were fun, not funny.
Doodle God has a rating of 4.4 stars in the Android Market and 2.6 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

That is a semi-ridiculous difference in ratings. There are 2,649 ratings in Google Play, and also of note is that there are 11,316 ratings for the free version (Doodle God F2P) in the Android Market with a 4.8 star rating.

Why the difference? It looks like the last update broke a few things, including force closes, with notes in Google Play about it as well. In the nascent Amazon Appstore, there aren't the historical ratings that buoy the rating.

That said, we'd say that if it was good in the past, if the developer hasn't quit, it will be good again. Get it while it's free.

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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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