Sunday, May 27, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 5/27/2012: The Floor is Lava has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is The Floor Is Lava.

The Floor Is Lava is priced at $0.99 in Google Play; 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.

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The Floor Is Lava is described as follows:
The Burning Man concept is fine for a big party in the Nevada desert; otherwise, it's best not to take the term literally. Keep this in mind as you play The Floor Is Lava, a red-hot 3D puzzle game for your Android device.

In The Floor Is Lava, your job is to cross a series of floor tiles and cause them to fall into the bubbling lava below. But it's not as simple as you might think! Unless you want to plummet into the lava, too, you'll need to be clever of mind and fleet of foot.

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Numbered tiles must be crossed multiple times in order to make them fall, and walls between tiles are impassable and must be navigated around. Choose your path carefully, because if you end up trapped, you're toast.

Oh, one more thing. If you take too long to clear a level, then the lava will slowly begin to rise until it engulfs both the tiles and yourself. So you'd better hotfoot it!

At the end of each level, you'll be rewarded with sparkling gems that fall from above. Catch them for extra points (and take a breath before facing the next fiery challenge).
The Floor Is Lava has a 5 star rating in Google Play. It is rated at 3.4 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

The Floor Is Lava may have 5 stars in Google Play, but that's because there is one, count 'em one, rating in that marketplace. There is, however, a free version with 11 ratings, rated at 4.4 stars. The full version, it says, includes online leaderboards and achievements.

That statement about online leaderboards and achievements, to us, was a worrisome one. It sounded a lot like OpenFeint, and indeed, it was. However, a look at the Amazon Appstore edition shows that the developer has removed not just OpenFeint, but also most of the permissions.

It doesn't appear that has happened in the Google Play edition, which has the version 1.0, while the Amazon Appstore version has a version of 1.2.

There is also a The Floor is Lava app in the iOS App Store. The iOS version is $0.99, and is rated at 5.0 stars, but has not received enough ratings to display an average.

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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