Friday, May 04, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day for 5/4/2012: Star Diamonds Paradise has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Star Diamonds Paradise.

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Star Diamonds Paradise is priced at $1.99 in Google Play (named Diamonds Paradise), and it is normally priced at $1.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing between the two marketplaces.

Star Diamonds Paradise is described as follows:
Your Ticket to Paradise

Star Diamonds Paradise is the relaxing sweep-all-you-can sister of Star Diamonds Capture. The game strategy is very similar: capture a large enough area of the play field to win. The Paradise version offers a unique twist with the gems now arranged in a honeycomb formation, making it possible to create new and inventive combos. There also some added special items to help you in your quest. Are you ready to dominate?

Take Control of the Honeycomb

In Star Diamonds Paradise, your objective is to link three or more diamonds in the honeycomb to gain control of that area. Your captured area is shown in blue and your opponent's area in red. Link enough diamonds together to unlock a pack of dynamite, which you can activate to capture a larger area. You can also earn a honey bee if you link an extra-long chain of diamonds. The honey bee will help you gain control of an even larger area of the honeycomb. You have a limited amount of time, so get busy.

Get Social with the Star Arcade Community

Star Arcade is a social gaming platform where gamers from all over the world meet and play against each other. Joining Star Arcade is quick, easy, and best of all, free. You only need to register once to play all Star games with your Star account. Once you have created your account, remember to verify your e-mail address.

The latest version of Star Diamonds Paradise features a Social Lounge where you can chat with other players and make new friends. There is also a shop where you can access Special Items and customize the gaming experience for your needs.
Star Diamonds Paradise is rated at 4.4 stars in Google Play. It is rated at 1.7 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

Star Diamonds Paradise (again, as Diamonds Paradise) has only 7 ratings in Google Play. There is also a free version with 40 ratings that has a 4.0 star rating.

Why, then, a 1.7 star rating in the Amazon Appstore? It has no way to play a single-player game. That's enough to make us wonder how it could possibly have such a high rating in Google Play.

We'd skip this app.

There is also a version of Star Diamonds Paradise in the iOS App Store, but it only has a 3-star rating there overall, with not enough ratings give to rate the current version.

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