Saturday, March 24, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 03/24/2012: Heavy Gunner has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Heavy Gunner.

Heavy Gunner is priced at $4.99 in Google Play, and is normally priced at $4.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing between the two marketplaces.

Heavy Gunner is described as follows:
Ready... Aim... Fire!

Dust off that bandana, light your cigar, and put away your teddy bear, because it's time to become a turret-turning, machine-gun wielding soldier! Get ready for the ultimate melee in Heavy Gunner, an intergalactic shooting game for your Android device. With its manic action and tilt control, Heavy Gunner is the kind of game that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Be the last man standing in defense of humanity. Now get started!

Campaign and Challenge Modes

Are you the type to complete a campaign where your aim is to eliminate the target in a series of operations or do you prefer test your ability and endurance with challenge mode? Either way, Heavy Gunner has you covered. In Campaign Mode you have a designated amount of time to complete the objectives and two difficulty levels. Challenge Mode offers an Infinite option where you have endless enemies in five different scenarios as well as a Survival option with 50 stages of extreme situations. Conquer both if you're tough enough.

Trade Points for Upgrades

Outfit your tank with the meanest, deadliest weapons possible. As you play through the game, you earn points to purchase or upgrade your weaponry. To arm your tank, select up to two weapons that can be used alternately in battle.

Custom Gaming Experience

Heavy Gunner features robust setting options to customize the gameplay experience. You can calibrate the settings to your device and play style. Choose from tilt or touch controls, adjust the sensitivity, select touch style from multi- or single-touch, and select priority from speed or quality.

Achievements and Ranking

There are dozens of unique achievements to earn in Heavy Gunner. Earn achievements by racking up enemy kills, getting upgrades, clearing stages and chapters, and more. The app also features local leaderboards to track your high scores.
Heavy Gunner has a rating of 3.6 stars in Google Play and 3.0 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

The biggest complaint appears to be frustrating controls. However, comments from people who "stuck with it" indicate that you do get used to the controls after a time. It's free, give it a shot.

There is also an iOS version, which has a similar rating of 3.5 stars. That version is free, but there are in-app purchases for weapons.

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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.

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