Saturday, March 31, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 3/31/2012: Brixter has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Brixter.

Brixter is priced at $0.99 in Google Play, 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.

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Brixter is described as follows:
Brixter offers an original approach to the classic blocks-style puzzle genre. This game for your Android device is a compelling brain puzzle that stimulates thought and challenges your coordination skills.

Block by Colorful Block

When you start playing Brixter, you're given an assembly grid. In this grid, you'll assemble groups of blocks with the same color in tile-puzzle fashion. Once you've grouped three or more blocks, and at least one of them touches the top boundary of the grid, a new shape is activated.

You're not completely at the mercy of circumstance as you play, either. You can create your own shape and send it up to complete full rows as they accumulate on the upper area of the screen.

After a short learning curve, you'll master the game functions and enjoy cruising through the levels. But don't worry, you'll definitely be challenged as the game progresses. And you can always set the difficulty level to match your skills (you'll find this in the options menu).

No Colors, No Problem

If you happen to be color blind, you can still enjoy this game! It's easy to enable Color Blind mode if you have trouble distinguishing between the blocks' colors.

Brixter supports OpenFeint. You can choose to play against the rest of the world and save your high scores globally, or you can turn OpenFeint off through the menu and use the local high scores table.
Brixter has a rating of 5.0 stars in Google Play and 3.0 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

That's a big diffence. The 5.0 star rating in Google Play comes with only 7 ratings. There is also a Brixter Free app with 13 ratings in Google Play also with a 5.0 rating.

Much of the problem in the Amazon Appstore comes from the OpenFeint opposition in that market. However, as the developer has commented in the Appstore, OpenFeint is disabled by default. We'd give it a shot.

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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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