Thursday, May 31, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 5/31/2012: Clown Ball has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Clown Ball.

Clown Ball 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.

Clown Ball is described as follows:
Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls...

Fans of marble rolling games like Super Monkey Ball, Labyrinth, and Neverball will love Clown Ball with its fantastic tilt controls. If you enjoy playing marble maze or marble labyrinth games you've got to give it a try. You'll be tickled pink.

Swerve through mazes as you roll your ball past hammers, through tunnels, and over balance beams in this 3D circus game. Try your acrobatic skills on the trampoline, or dare to be fired from a circus cannon. Challenge your mind as you unravel some deviously tricky puzzles.

Kids love Clown Ball because the intuitive tilt control is easier to use than a touch screen. Parents love the game because it's good, clean circus-themed fun for the kids...and for the adults. Children can simply play through each level, while adults can attempt the more difficult challenges, such as getting all the stars or finishing before the bonus timer runs out.
Clown Ball has no rating in Google Play, because it was just introduced. It is rated at 3.2 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

In general, the ratings in Google Play are higher, and there are usually more of then, which can give consumers a better idea of an app's true rating (minus the spoof one-star ratings that always lower an app's rating in the Amazon Appstore).

However, the Clown Ball app is version 1.0, and was just introduced - today - in Google Play. There appear to be no downloads as yet.

It appears to have been released in the Amazon Appstore on April 18, but it still has only 32 ratings, eight of them one-star. For once, though, only one of those appears to be a spoof review (superman75 who spoofs every single FAOTD with a one-star rating).

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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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