Sunday, May 06, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 5/6/2012: X-Men has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is X-Men.

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X-Men is price 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.

X-Men is described as follows:
Experience the classic 1992 X-Men arcade game on the go! Humanity's last hope once again rests on the shoulders of Professor Xavier and his team of uncanny X-Men. Choose from some of your favorite classic characters like Wolverine and Cyclops, as you relive one of the best arcade superhero action games of all time. Take the fight to Magneto and his cronies as you battle your way through hundreds of Sentinels and classic supervillains such as Pyro, Juggernaut, and Mystique. A faithful reproduction of the original arcade hit, this Android version of X-Men merges the classic gameplay of the original with clean new visuals and wi-fi multiplayer support.


X-Men is a side-scrolling action game with simple, easy-to-learn controls. The three buttons at the bottom right corner of the screen allow your character to jump, punch, and unleash a devastating mutant power attack. Be careful, though--your mutant power can be used to clear whole swarms of enemies, but using it will drain a portion of your health or consume a Mutant Power Orb.

New additions to the original arcade game include the ability to change difficulties and select a starting level. You may choose to start from any level you have already unlocked while playing through the game. Select one of six different X-Men superheroes to begin your adventure--play solo, or host a multiplayer game and invite up to three other players to join the fight.

Key Features
  • Play as classic X-Men characters: Cyclops, Colossus, Wolverine, Storm, Nightcrawler, and Dazzler
  • Take down Magneto and his army of supervillains: Pyro, The Blob, Wendigo, Nimrod, The White Queen, Juggernaut, and Mystique
  • Experience the classic side-scrolling gameplay of the original, complete with spectacular mutant powers
  • Fight your way through cities, jungles, caves, and other locales
  • Climb to the top of the leaderboards with Local, Friends, and Global high score rankings
  • Unlock awards for completing special objectives in-game
  • Play over wi-fi with four-person multiplayer support
Reviews for X-Men
"For nostalgic comics fans or people that hung out in arcades during the early 90's, this game will be a worthwhile addition to their Android phone. Frankly, it's a perfect port of a game that was lauded as great." -- Android Police

"This is an extremely faithful port of the arcade game, save for a few nice updates such as a level select, "awards" to unlock, leader boards, OpenFeint integration, and 4-player multiplayer over wi-fi. Everything you loved about the classic, plus some nice, new additions to make it fun for a whole new generation of X-Men fans." -- Android Rundown
X-Men is rated at 3.8 stars in Google Play. It is rated at 2.9 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

X-Men has 1,159 ratings in Google Play. The low rating in the Amazon Appstore is due to force closes, particularly on tablets (though not on the Kindle Fire, according to one review) and controls that are difficult but that cannot be customized.

Still, the game is by Konami, and it brings back memories of the console. Our recommendation is to give it a shot.  You can see additional screenshots of the game here.

As you might expect since this is a Konami game, X-Men is also available in the App Store. It's priced at $0.99 and has a 4-star rating for its latest version, 3.5 stars overall.

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