Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 5/23/2012: CrossMe has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is CrossMe.

The paid version of CrossMe is CrossMe Premium in Google Play, and is priced at $4.95; it is normally priced at $4.95 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing between the two marketplaces.

CrossMe is described as follows:
Cross Me is a Japanese crossword known as a Nonogram. The objective is to discover a hidden image by marking cells or leaving them blank, according to the numbers displayed on the side of the grid.

Facing a grid of cells, you will carefully determine which cells to mark and which to leave empty. The darkened cells will begin to take shape and reveal an image.

What Will You Reveal

Look at the numbers displayed across the top and the left-hand side of the grid. Each number represents the number of filled cells in that row or column. Fill all cells in the correct way to solve the picture. All numbers should have a strike-through after filling in the appropriate cells. If you tap on a cell, it will be filled. If you tap on that cell again, it will be crossed. If you tap on that cell one more time, it will be empty again.

A few simple crosswords are provided for you to learn how to play the game, as well as the step-by-step tutorial. Those familiar with Japanese crosswords may skip this and go to more challenging larger pictures. All crosswords have been checked.

Tip: To fill the line of cells at once, tap and hold the cell. A ring will appear and after that, move it. You can find other tips in the game rules.
CrossMe is rated (as Premium) at 4.8 stars in Google Play. It is rated at 4.2 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

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CrossMe Premium's 4.8 star rating comes from 24 overall ratings in Google Play. However, it also has a free version, CrossMe, rating at 4.7 stars after the lucky number of 777 ratings in Google Play. Remember that the Amazon Appstore paid version is CrossMe, and it is rated 4.2 stars after 26 reviews (including the normal spoof one-star reviews that lower its overall rating).

It's an easy judgment call: "buy" it while it is free.

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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