Thursday, May 03, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 5/3/2012: iStunt 2 has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is iStunt 2.

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iStunt 2 is only available in free ad-supported mode 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.

iStunt 2 is described as follows:
Get ready to hit the slopes in the most extreme snowboarding game on the Appstore! Escape deadly buzz saws, keep your balance through gravity shifts and speed boosts, grind your way to victory in this fast-paced and insanely addictive snowboarding game!

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.

  • "The sense of being just enough in control is cool, and adds to the overall thrill ride element of iStunt 2." -- IGN
  • "Pulling off a twisting move, a couple of grabs, and tilting just right, and just in time, for a perfect landing is what makes iStunt 2 a blast." -- PocketGamer
  • "iStunt 2 is full of clever and surprising levels that remain exhilarating all the way through. iStunt 2 is a stunner." -- SlideToPlay
Try the free web version of iStunt 2 on the Miniclip website.
iStunt 2 (the free version) is rated at 4.6 stars in Google Play. It is rated at 3.6 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

The free version of iStunt 2 in Google Play has 530 ratings, which makes it pretty solid. The Amazon Appstore rating has 56 reviews, though, which would mean it's fairly solid as well.

Why the big difference, then? It's true that the Google Play version is 1.0.4, and the Amazon Appstore version is 1.0.3, so there could be bug fixes that the Appstore version is missing. A number of negative ratings are over the size of the app, and the fact that it can't be moved to the SD card.

As far as why there's no paid version in Google Play, we've seen this before, where app developers have cited restrictions in Google Play that prevent them from offering a paid version.

iStunt 2 is also available in the iOS App Store, also for $0.99.  It has a 4.5 star rating for the current version as well as overall.

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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