Saturday, April 28, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 4/28/2012: Zen Hopper has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Zen Hopper.

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Zen Hopper is priced at $0.99 in Google Play, and it 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.

Zen Hopper is described as follows:
A Zen Master... of Hopping?

Welcome to the Cave of Transcendence, where Zen masters apply their skill and training. Prove yourself worthy of the title Zen Hopper.

Move Without Moving

The concept is simple. Hop across a series of wooden pillars over a bottomless pit. Don't miss any; try to touch the center of each pillar as it passes for a perfect score. The poles move faster and faster, increasing the challenge. See how far you can go in Endurance Mode or find out if you can complete the Belt Mode challenges from white belt to black belt--achieve your black belt for a special ending.

Focus Without Looking

A dragon slides gracefully up the left side of your screen, marking the time until the end of your current challenge. Meanwhile, your sense of balance is marked by the lotus flowers on the right. If you close all of the lotuses, you've missed the pillars too many times, and you must repeate your training for the current level.


"I think that part12studios have done a fantastic job of capturing the essence of making a captivating game that will entice users to carry on playing to their hearts delight." - RGC Mozza (Renegade Gaming)

"All I have to say is this app gets my two thumbs up!!! Zen Hopper is no doubt my new favorite game to play...." 9/10 - Daily Appetizer
Zen Hopper is rated at 5.0 stars in Google Play. It is rated at 3.4 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

The reason Zen Hopper has a 5.0 rating in Google Play is because at the time of this writing it has one, count 'em one, rating. However, there are 25 ratings in the Amazon Appstore, so we'd go with a mid-3s rating for this game.

The game is also available in the iOS App Store, where it is also $0.99, and also seems to have had trouble with getting attention. It has a 5-star rating overall, but only 6 ratings, total.

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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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