Friday, June 01, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day for 6/1/2012: Score It (Word) has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Score It (Word).

We could not find Score It (Word) in Google Play, although the developer, Goldstar Apps, has many apps in that marketplace; 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.

Score It (Word) is described as follows:
Show your word power with Score It (Word), a challenging word game. Stimulate your brain while having fun. Score It (Word) is a great way to improve word building skills that you can apply to many other word games.

Guess the Word

The object of the game is to guess the word from the first given letter. After each guess, a letter is placed in the word that is in the correct position. Any letter in the red ball is in the word but not in the correct position. If an invalid word is entered, you lose a turn, and the word is displayed in red. When you run out of time, the answer is displayed.

Extra Credit

The number of turns to guess the word is equal to the number of letters (five, six, or seven letters). If you solve the word in fewer tries, you earn bonus points. You start with three credits; with every five correct words, you earn an extra credit.

Score It (Word) helps warm up your brain before you hit that next Scrabble or Boggle game. Can you beat the clock?
Score It (Word), as we said, does not appear in Google Play. It is rated at 2.7 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

To be clear, although this app sports the typical spoof one-star ratings that are done daily to be "funny" (while at the same time hurting developers, that is not solely the reason for the low rating. There are 19 ratings overall, and while four are one-star ratings, six are two-star ratings.

It appears the app has potential, but has issues; if you would like to buy it, we'd recommend you do so with the thought that it might get better. At least it is free, for now.

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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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