Thursday, May 17, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 5/17/2012: Fragger has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Fragger.

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Fragger is only available as a free, ad-supported app in Google Play, and 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.

Fragger is described as follows:
The world of Fragger is at risk, and he needs your help to explode all enemies. Unleash your shooting abilities to kill all the enemies and unlock three different perks. Play the interactive tutorial to get comfortable launching the grenades, and then put your game face on; it's Fragger time.

Good Aim Is the Name of the Game

Featuring 340 challenging levels, and 11 different worlds, Fragger guarantees long hours of exploding fun. Once you become a grenade-launching expert, earn achievements and compare your score online with the millions of Miniclip users who play Fragger too.

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.


"Fragger is a seriously fun little game that strips out all the clutter to make way for delightful gameplay and, of course, lovely destruction."--SlideToPlay

"Fragger is a nice little game with good graphics, controls and audio... It's satisfying to play, trickier in places than you expect..."--Bronze Award, Pocket Gamer

"The controls are easy to use and the gameplay is unique and fun."
Fragger (free) is rated at 4.5 stars in Google Play. It is rated at 3.4 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

That 4.5 star Google Play rating for the ad-supported isn't one of those generated by just a few ratings. Instead, the app has 20,000+ ratings and still has a 4.5 star average.

However, the big problem, as exposed in Amazon Appstore ratings, is the in-app purchasing required to advance in the game. One reviewer called it a "ca-ching" game, meaning you are charged to buy the game, then "nickel and dimed" for in-app purchases.

As far as why there is no paid version in the Google Play, it's not all that unusual. In these cases, the developer will usually cite restrictions in Google Play, while not elaborating on them.

There is also a version by the same developer in the iOS App Store. That version is also priced at $0.99 and has a 4.5 star rating for the current version and 4.5 stars overall. That version also has a number of in-app purchases, all the way up to $14.99 for 20,000 Gold Coins.

You can see a slideshow of screenshots here.

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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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