Monday, June 11, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 6/11/2012: Rocket Weasel has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Rocket Weasel.

Rocket Weasel 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.

Rocket Weasel is described as follows:
Weasel school isn't just fun and games; it's the training ground for future expert chicken hunters. It's where weasels enter as little weasels and leave as warrior weasels. And they must learn from no other weasel than the Dojo of all weasels--Mr. Weasel, himself.

But, as young weasels do, this bunch got into a little trouble in the hen house. Prepare to incite some serious rodent wreckage in this physics-based puzzler for the whole family.

It Ain't Easy Weaselin'

Mr. Weasel was guiding his students on a midnight coop raid, Operation Chicken Dinner, when things went horribly wrong. The crotchety old farmer was waiting with cages and treacherous traps. Now these amateurs are all locked up--with the exception of their sly mentor.

Operation Chicken Dinner

Playing as Mr. Weasel, you must harness your inner-rodent to outsmart the ruthless farmer and free your little weasels from their confines. As you may have expected, Mr. Weasel doesn't mess around. Strap on a rocket and put chicken back on the menu. Smash crates, blow stuff up, and eat as many chickens as possible for more points while you free the other weasels.

A Helping Hoof

While the farm is in a frenzy, other animals try to help Mr. Weasel free the little critters. All 64 levels are full of colorful characters and spectacular graphics. Farm animals unite! (Except the chickens. No one cares about the chickens unless they're served with a side of mashed potatoes.)
Rocket Weasel (free, ad-supported) is rated at 3.8 stars in Google Play, and is rated at 3.7 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 cite issues with restrictions in Google Play (but not detail them).

Among the issues are force closes on some devices. The commenters did not, in general, leave their device types, which will make it difficult for the developer to fix. It's called Android fragmentation; get used to it.

Rocket Weasel is also available in the iOS App Store for $0.99.

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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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