Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 5/8/2012: Barnyard Match

Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Barnyard Match.

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Barnyard Match 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.

Barnyard Match is described as follows:
Down on the Farm

Barnyard Match is a matching game that features cute farm characters and fun, memory-style learning. You and your kids will enjoy identifying and matching images of common sights from down on the farm--chickens, cows, tractors, goats, and the farmer himself--as you progress through many levels of increasing difficulty.

Pick a Card, Any Card

It's easy to play a round of Barnyard Match. To begin, cards are briefly displayed face-up so you can get a quick look at them. Then they're all turned over. Each player selects two cards, and if a player's two cards don't match, he or she receives one strike.

If your two cards match, you'll earn points and have a strike removed from your score. Score bonus points by getting several matches in a row without making a mistake. Five strikes ends the game.

Must... Concentrate

Barnyard Match features progressively difficult levels, and a level-select feature is unlocked on Rounds 7, 14, and 21. Remember to watch carefully: on some levels, the pictures will rotate sideways or upside down. Try not to get distracted!
Barnyard Match has absolutely no ratings in Google Play. It is rated at 3.3 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

This is another one of those apps that has gotten absolutely no uptake in Google Play. That explains why it is free in the Amazon Appstore, in hopes that it will generate some real sales. In Google Play, it has somewhere between 10 and 50 installs at the time of this writing.

Lack of LG Optimus support and lack of working level selection are the reasons for the ratings that were made lower in the Amazon Appstore.

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Those who are considering "buying" a Free Amazon Appstore app might want to consider what it means to developers.

Amazon.com 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. Amazon.com has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.

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