Sunday, March 04, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 03/04/2012: Robo 3: Gears of Love

Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Robo 3: Gears of Love.

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Robo 3: Gears of Love is priced at $0.99 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.

Robo 3: Gears of Love is described as follows:
First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes Baby...

A robot's reproduction is a very interesting, but rather laborious process. You have to wrestle with the problem creating of a new cybernetic organism. So our good friends the robot couple Robo and Eny have decided to make a baby. Unfortunately, they don't have the suitable components handy. Microchips cost a lot in shops, and modern processors are lacking, even on the black market.

A Parent's Work is Never Done

Robo would do anything for a happy future for his cyber-child. That's why he has to penetrate a frozen military laboratory. However, it's not easy getting there because the laboratory's factories are located on a gigantic proving ground. This vast territory is full of abandoned machinery, deadly lasers and reflectors, and dotted with portals and tunnels. There are few brave enough who'd dare enter this zone, let alone pass through it from beginning to end.

Every level of the game is a maze full of different obstacles, traps, and dangerous equipment. Upon passing 30 levels, you can use the level editor and try to create your own levels, or download the creations of other players.
Robo 3: Gears of Love has a rating of 4.5 stars in the Android Market and a rating of 3.0 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

The ratings between the two markets are way, way apart. It's also strange that Amazon.com lists the "normal" price of the game as $1.99, vs. the $0.99 in the Android Market, since part of its initial list of requirements to be in the Appstore was that the app be priced lower or the same as the Android Market.

Notably, the Market rating is based on only 11 ratings. Herocraft, the developer, has created a number of successful and highly rated games in the Android Market, so we'd at least give it a shot: it's free after all.

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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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