Sunday, June 10, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 6/10/2012: Let's Bowl 2: High Roller has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Let's Bowl 2: High Roller.

Let's Bowl 2: High Roller is only available as a free, ad-supported app 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.

Let's Bowl 2: High Roller is described as follows:
Why go to the Bowling Alley? Use your Smartphone!
Be the 10-pin King wherever you are! A perfect follow-up to "Let's Bowl," "Let's Bowl 2: High Roller" is the runaway bowling hit of 2011 and 2012! These apps have over 350,000 installs in the Let's Bowl series.

Great Programming

Finely-tuned physics mean this simulation is easy to play but impossible to master, just like the real thing! It's endless entertainment and challenge right at your fingertips.

Easy and Accurate Controls

Intuitive controls use a swipe motion to send your ball flying down the lane for a STRIIIIKE! Can you get three in a row for a TURKEY? Fast ball return keeps the action going. Perfect your technique and bowl a 300--if you can!

  • No Ads (In-App Advertising Removed)
  • $30,000 in Free Bowling Bucks
  • Brand new alleys to choose from! Endless entertainment with a variety of alley options!
  • Dozens of new balls! Each ball has its own unique characteristic with different weights and bonus points for bowling spares, strikes, and turkey's!
  • Earn bowling bucks every time you roll
  • Earn points, score big, and reward yourself by upgrading your ball or alley in our all-new Pro Shop!
  • Everyone loves to bowl! Realistic 3D graphics immerse you into the feel of a classic bowling alley.
Let's Bowl 2: High Roller (free, ad-supported) is rated at 4.7 stars in Google Play, and is rated at 2.8 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

5% - 15% Off Select TVs
It's not unusual for an app in the Amazon Appstore to be paid while it only appears as free and ad-supported in Google Play. Generally the developer will site issues with restrictions in Google Play (but not detail them).

Among the issues in the Amazon Appstore are OpenFeint, poor controls, and in-app purchases, which for a paid app are often seen as bleeding customers. There are 19 one-star ratings in the Amazon Appstore, so we can't attribute the poor rating to the spoof ratings that always appear. Note that the Google Play version is 2.0.50 while the Amazon Appstore version is 2.0.51, so it's possible there were some bugs introduced.

Official Licensed T-Shirts
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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