Saturday, May 12, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 5/12//2012: Fruit Sorter has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Fruit Sorter Extreme.

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Fruit Sorter Extreme is not available in Google Play, but the free Fruit Sorter is. 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.

Fruit Sorter Extreme is described as follows:
Apples, Grapes, and Lemons, Oh My!

In Fruit Sorter Extreme, you're working in a sorting plant for fresh fruit. Your task is to sort out different types of fruit (such as apples, lemons, grapes, and cherries) moving on a conveyer belt by putting them in separate boxes. You must sort all the fruit before they reach the end of the belt and fall into the mill. It may be humble factory work, but this job requires rapid hand-eye coordination.

How fast can you sort?

Your job seems straightforward enough. You sort the fruit by putting one type of fruit in each box. You earn bonus points for sorting out one or more kinds of fruit at the same time. This job only gets more hectic as more fruit and boxes appear.

Three Fun Games

Fruit Sorter Extreme includes three game modes. In Normal mode, you sort out a fixed quantity of fruit. In More Fruits mode, new boxes are added from time to time as new fruit comes down the belt. In Time Attack mode, you have 25 seconds of basic time, and you gain an additional four seconds for each box you fill.

Who's the True Fruit Sorter Master?

Fruiter Sorter Extreme is integrated with OpenFeint and Game Center leaderboards and achievements, so you can see who's really the best fruit sorter in the world. Unlock new fruit as you progress up the levels.

"I tell you, Fruit Ninja has nothing on Fruit Sorter, and if you want a true test of your hand-eye-coordination skills, then see how long you can last sorting fruit in this frantic-paced casual game." --
Fruit Sorter (the free version) is rated at 4.5 stars in Google Play. It is rated at 3.5 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

We're actually surprised at the 3.5 stars in the Amazon Appstore. OpenFeint hatred usually results in much lower scores for any game that includes it, in the Amazon Appstore.

As far as why there is no paid version in Google Play, it's not unusual for a developer to place a paid version in the Amazon Appstore while leaving it out of Google Play, citing restrictions in Google Play.

Give this game a shot.

There is also a version in the iOS App Store, also for $0.99. That version has a rating of 4.5 stars, but with 8 ratings overall (not just for the current version).

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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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