Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 5/2/2012: Word Run Pro has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Word Run Pro.

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Word Run Pro is priced at $2.89 in Google Play, and it is normally priced at $2.89 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing between the two marketplaces.

Word Run Pro is described as follows:
Do the Alphabet Shuffle

How far can you run in Word Run Pro? That depends on how many words you can find from seven random letters. Form words of three letters or more. Don't repeat yourself--the more unique words you find, the more points you get. The longer the word you find, the more added time you get to find new ones. Once you run out of words, advance to the next level and get new letters.

Getting Warmed Up

Try Practice mode--a timerless version--before you start running, just to get a feel for the game. When you're ready to run, find as many words as possible from a pile of seven random letters as you work against the clock. Get a "run" of words from the same set of letters to increase your word score. Select letters from the Rack in the middle of the screen to form a word of three or more letters.

If the word you create is listed in the dictionary, and it hasn't already been used on the level, then the word is accepted. The word will be added to an area at the bottom of the screen for your reference. If you can't find any more words from the rack, then advance to the next level and receive new letters. The score for the level's seven letters is reset when you advance to the next level, so it pays to find as many words as possible on any given level.

You'd Better Run...

There are a number of achievements to complete outside the normal rules of the game. These include having a particularly good run of words within a level, having consistently good runs over a number of levels, and finding a set number of words in each word length group. Also, there is a small bonus added to your time when you start a new game based on the number of achievements you have completed. The dictionary uses professional word game tournament word lists (like SOWPODS and TWL06) and both U.S. and U.K. spellings.
Word Run Pro is rated at 4.5 stars in Google Play. It is rated at 3.5 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

That said, Word Run Pro is rated at 4.5 stars in Google Play, but with only 4 ratings, overall. There is also a free Word Run game that is rated at 4.2 stars.

Despite the Amazon Appstore's 3.5 star rating, we think this is a low 4's game. The Amazon Appstore's ratings are always skewed, particularly with so few ratings, by troll ratings.

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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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