Sunday, May 20, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 5/20/2012: Farm Mess Pro has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Farm Mess Pro.

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Farm Mess Pro is priced at $0.99 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.

Farm Mess Pro is described as follows:
Farm Pen Puzzler

Oh no! Your farm is a complete mess. Your mission is to restore some order to your agricultural enterprise. Are you up to the task of sorting out these mixed-up farm animals?

Keep Them Doggies Rollin'

You must move the animals to their correct places within the pen. The horses belong with the horses, the cows with the cows, the pigs with the pigs, and so on. You sort the animals two ways: Tap three small animals to rotate them, or tap a large animal so the smaller animals around it rotate.

For every level, you're allowed to make a specific number of moves. If you exceed the number of taps, you'll have to start that level over. Essentially, these animals act as a challenging puzzle of rotating cogs.

Plenty of Puzzles

Farm Mess contains 54 levels and three levels of difficulty. Choose from small, medium, and large boards. Every board features a relaxing farm scene with funny animations, but your brain will be far from relaxed trying to puzzle out these progressively more difficult boards. So get those goats in order, or you're out of the farming business!
Farm Mess Pro has absolutely no ratings in Google Play. It is rated at 2.5 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

Although Farm Mess Pro has no ratings at all in Google Play (and somewhere between 1 and 5 downloads), it has 11 ratings as Farm Mess (which is ad supported), but that is still with only 11 ratings.

Somewhat ironically, the app image on Amazon Appstore shows an S.O.S. sign. With these ratings (or lack thereof) and lack of uptake anywhere at all, it seems the developer has decided to go free in the Amazon Appstore as a mayday to save the app.

With a rating of 2.5, it's not going to happen (although, as always, there are the spoof 1-star ratings in the Amazon Appstore that bring down the overall rating, unnecessarily).

You can see a slideshow of screenshots here.

The developer is having similar issues in the iOS App Store.  Farm Mess Pro (also priced at $0.99) and Farm Mess (free) have not had enough ratings to be displayed.

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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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