Sunday, July 08, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 7/8/2012: Juminja has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Juminja.

Juminja is available as Juminja Premium in Google Play, priced at $1.99, 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.

Juminja is described as follows:
You'd Better Break the Chain

Do you love ninjas? Love to watch things predictably moving along a chain, but then moving faster and faster? Love to shoot colorful ninjas out of cannons at other same-colored ninjas so they explode and clear all of the invading ninjas off the map before they reach the end of the chain? You don't? That's weird. We all love these things, and think you should, too!

Round and Round They Go

In fact, Ximad--the Ninja and Panda experts--love it so much that they hired real-life Ninjas and Pandas as consultants to build Zuminja, an action-adventure puzzle game based on a (not very) true story filled with gorgeous graphics and sounds. Enjoy 20 unique levels of ninja action, and don't forget to alternate your tapping finger, as Ximad can't be held responsible for how quickly you'll become addicted.

Where They Stop, Only You Know

A chain of little ninjas slowly works its way along a winding path. Your job is to destroy the chain before it reaches the end of the path. To destroy the chain, shoot ninjas from a cannon, matching to create combinations of three or more of the same color. When you do, they disappear, you earn points, and the chain shortens. Simple? It starts out that way, but as you progress deeper into the game, you find far greater challenges.

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.
Juminja (Premium) is rated at 5.0 stars in Google Play, and at 1.4 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

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There is also a free version, Juminja, in Google Play with a rating of 4.4 stars over 28 ratings. That's a good thing, because the 5.0 rating for the Premium version is 5.0, but only across 5 total ratings.

Meanwhile, the Amazon Appstore rating of 1.4 is based on a number of issues. 84 percent of the ratings are 1-star, and that's because the app has a number of the features that are reviled in the Amazon Appstore.

Juminja has the following negatives: it is a paid app with in-app purchases, it includes OpenFeint, it has no SD card support, and it includes Airpush ads. What else could you want?

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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