Monday, June 18, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App, 6/18/2012: To-Fu: The Trials of Chi has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is To-Fu: The Trials of Chi .

To-Fu: The Trials of Chi is not available 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 and availability between the two marketplaces.

Dead by Dawn (Ad-Free) is described as follows:
He's pliable, resilient, and tasty. Besides pairing nicely with noodles or soup, he's an excellent weapon for sticking, slinging, and flinging through the Trials of Chi. Go on: play with your food in this entertaining game for your Android device.

Avoid the To-Fu Traps

Join our stretchy protagonist as he gets ready to undertake the infamous Trials of Chi. Ping, stick, and rebound our little hero through treacherous booby-traps and complex mechanisms using only your finger and To-Fu's unique stretch control. The objective is to get to the Fortune Kitty while collecting as many blue Chi as you can. Don't fall victim to a trap and become Tofurkey. Conquer the trials and help To-Fu become the illustrious Master of Chi.

Tough as To-Fu

To-Fu may quite possibly be the world's most malleable martial artist. Stretch To-Fu with your finger and aim. Release your finger to ping him. Return To-Fu to his normal size and release to cancel the ping. Drag your finger to the spot you want To-Fu to land for precision aiming. Drag the screen to adjust your viewpoint which is very useful for floating platforms.

You and To-Fu will fight your way through five different surface types and 150 unique trials with simple touch-screen controls. Don't underestimate his strength: even Meat knows he's a formidable foe.

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.
To-Fu: The Trials of Chi is rated at 2.3 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

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When To-Fu: The Trials of Chi was announced in mid-May, the developers said it would appear in Google Play by early June. Currently, it's still missing, so we can only believe that there is still some restriction in Google Play's ToS that continues to prevent its entry.

Most of the negative reviews are because it is a paid app that still has in-app purchases. In addition, one reviewer said it failed on three devices he tried it on. We'd pass on this one.

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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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