Sunday, June 24, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 6/24/2012: MASH has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is MASH.

MASH is priced at $0.99 in Google Play (as MASH Elite), 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.

MASH is described as follows:
Discover who you'll marry, where you'll live, how many kids you'll have, and if you'll be filthy stinking rich (or just stinking). Play MASH the classic way, or mix it up and discover even more about your future. MASH Elite offers a variety of stories to download. For each story, fill in the blanks with your choices and make it your own.

In the old days, kids used to waste paper playing this game, but now you can discover all the secrets of your future on your seemingly psychic Android.

Fill-in Your Future Fantasy Life

Once you choose a story to play, you'll be prompted to enter information. Carefully contemplate and select a choice; or, for a more serendipitous approach, roll the dice and let the app choose. You can even randomize your choices.

The Spiral Has Spoken

Once you make all of your choices, it's time to leave the rest up to your spiral art and the MASH powers-that-be. Draw a spiral using your finger and discover your destiny. Watch the pencil eliminate choices based on your MASH number and then--voila! See what your future holds!

Once your MASH fate finally lands you Justin Bieber in a mansion off the coast of France with two beautiful children who never sass back, save and share your results with your friends via e-mail or Facebook.
MASH is rated at 4.6 stars in Google Play (as MASH Elite) and at 2.9 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

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MASH (as MASH Elite) has a 4.6 star rating in Google Play, but with only five ratings, overall.  However, it also has a 4.2 star rating in its free form (with 184 ratings).

So why the big difference between the two marketplaces? There are 50 reviews in the Amazon Appstore. Twenty of them are one-star reviews. As noted in the comments, the app might not be so low-rated if the developer had noted this is really a kid's program (we assume and hope that's how it was intended).

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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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