Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 5/30/2012: Homerun Battle 3D has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Homerun Battle 3D.

Homerun Battle 3D is priced at $4.99 in Google Play; it is normally priced at $4.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing between the two marketplaces.

First Puzzles HD Pro is described as follows:
You're on deck! Are you prepared to go head-to-head with more than ten million big sluggers in Homerun Battle 3D? The incredible graphics, realistic sound effects, and real competition will make you feel like you've joined the big leagues. Take a couple of practice swings because you're about to step up to the plate.

Uniforms and Equipment

Outfit your rookie with more than 100 items from hats and uniforms to cleats and bats. As you move up in the ranks, earn better equipment. Choose from official baseball wear like DeMarini CF4, Voodoo, and other M2M bat equipment.

Statistics and Game Modes

Play in 4 different game modes: Online Match up, Arcade, Training, and Classic. Login to the Com2uS hub and your play data will automatically be saved in. Enjoy a game on multiple devices with the same ID and all data is saved in your personal hub account. Guest Play allows you to play a game without logging in.

  • More than 10 million players in more than 300 million match-up games
  • The Best of the Best Apps Awards Winner
  • Nominated as IMGA's Best Game
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.
Homerun Battle 3D has a 4.3 star rating in Google Play. It is rated at 3.2 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

The difference between the two marketplaces, in terms of ratings, is very disappointing. Despite being priced at $4.99 it has nearly 18,000 ratings in Google Play and between 100,000 - 500,000 downloads. That's coming from the market that everyone says can't sell paid apps.

Meanwhile, in the Amazon Appstore, it has only 22 ratings, 7 of them one-star. The major negatives: the app has a number of in-app purchases, despite the fact it is "paid" there are ads, and it requires a ton of permissions.

Still, we would "Buy" it while it is free.

There is also a version of Homerun Battle 3D in the iOS App Store.  It is priced at $0.99 there, with just as many in-app purchases, and has a 5-star rating for the current version, and 4.5 stars overall.

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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