Friday, March 09, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 03/09/2012: BubbleMech

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

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BubbleMech is priced at $0.99 in Google Play (remember, Google renamed 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.




BubbleMech is described as follows:
Bubble Trouble

Can you halt an alien infestation of your precious bubble supply? Find out in BubbleMech, an Android game that advances the evolution of classic bubble-shooter challenges to a new level.

BubbleMech proves that few things are more fun than bursting bubbles--especially when you're eradicating pesky, infectious aliens at the same time. Do you have what it takes to fend them off?

Buggin' Out

An alien bug infestation is spreading through your ship's bubble supply. Your job is to stop the outbreak by bursting all the infected bubbles on each level, collecting bonus stars along the way.

To burst bubbles, shoot them into clusters of three or more of the same color. But you'll have to hurry--the bugs are spreading quickly, and more bubbles are pouring in every moment.

Arcade and Battle Modes

BubbleMech features 80 specially-designed Arcade levels and 10 Battle tournaments. In Arcade mode, you'll complete each level by bursting infected bubbles and collecting stars. Battle mode ramps up the drama and pits you against the computer in turn-based tournament arenas.

As you play, keep an eye out for essential power-ups and bonus star achievements. The game's one-touch control system makes aiming and shooting simple, and there's even an easy-to-follow tutorial to get you started.
BubbleMech has a rating of 5.0 stars in Google Play and a rating of 2.6 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

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The 5.0 star rating in Google Play comes with only 2 ratings. There is a Lite version in Google Play with a 4.6 star rating but only 7 ratings overall. There are 20+ ratings in the Amazon Appstore, so that sounds like a more valid rating.

Many of the down ratings are over force closes and permissions (the developer used Adobe Air, which means certain permissions are required).

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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