Friday, March 23, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 03/23/2012: Tiny Village has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Tiny Village.

Tiny Village is free in Google Play (but there's nuance there), 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.

Tiny Village is described as follows:
It Takes a Village to Make a Village

Join more than a million fans playing one of the top-rated games, Tiny Village. Can you develop your small settlement into a thriving prehistoric village?

PLEASE NOTE: This app lets you purchase digital content using actual money. You can configure parental controls for in-app purchases, which will require your Amazon account password or a 4-digit PIN, by tapping the Menu icon and then Settings.

Civilized Cavemen

Rupert and Regina, like most prehistoric folks, are at the mercy of the elements, often ending up as lunch for rampaging carnosaurs. During one particularly frenzied chase, the couple hides behind a huge rock that possesses special powers, frightening a pursuing dinosaur and giving Rupert and Regina a sense of security. So, they decide to stay near their Magic Rock and make a home for themselves, and they need your help to build their village.

Your Village Evolves

The game offers four main resources--rock, food, trees, and fur--plus three other resources that require a refinery: stone, lumber, and woven fur. You need to develop your village with its shops and resource buildings, as well as gradually upgrade your Magic Rock, to access some of the top-level production items.

Build a pre-historic village in which you harvest resources, build homes, and construct cool shops. Assign your villagers to work different jobs and use the seven different resources to craft tools, clothes, candy, and more. Upgrade the Magic Rock at the center of your town to unlock beautiful buildings and gorgeous decorations. Follow the quests through the tutorial, then pick and choose as several quests open at once. Arrange your buildings, farms, and decorations however you wish.

An Internet connection is required to play this game.


"The graphics and sound are rather adorable and the game seems to have a sort of Flintstones theme that is relatively new in this genre." 4.25/5 - Paul Wilks, Android Tapp

"It is a solidly made game that has a quirky and amusing style all its own." - Christopher Mack, Gamezebo, Inc.
Tiny Village has a rating of 4.5 stars in Google Play and 2.9 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

So why is Tiny Village free in Google Play? It's because this version, the Amazon Appstore version, not only supports the Kindle Fire, it adds 20 free crystals, a $2 value.

That's right, this is one of those games that has in-app purchases, but you can continue to play without them; you just need to gather crystals yourself. In the Amazon Appstore, that's the main reason for the low ratings. In Google Play, it doesn't seem to have affected ratings, as there are 101,001 ratings for that 4.5 star average.

The game also has over 1 million installs on Google Play.

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Those who are considering "buying" a Free Amazon Appstore app might want to consider what it means to developers. 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. has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.

There is an iOS version that has a 4.5-star rating and is free, but also has in-app purchases that fuel the developer's well-deserving bank account.

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