Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 7/10/2012: Nanosaur 2

Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Nanosaur 2.

Nanosaur 2 is priced at $1.99 in Google Play, and is normally priced at $1.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Nanosaur 2 is described as follows:
Every once in a while, a mobile game comes around and knocks your socks off with its incredible graphics, intense action, and fascinating story. Nanosaur 2: Hatchling, a stunning 3D app for Android, is definitely one of those games.

Once Again, Dinosaurs Rule

The year is 4122 and human beings are history, wiped out by a terrible plague of their own making. An intelligent species of dinosaurs known as Nanosaurs now rule the Earth. But Nanosaur society is threatened by inbreeding, so they send one of their species back 65 million years to retrieve unhatched eggs. He returns with the eggs, which the Nanosaurs plan to use to increase genetic diversity and save their species from certain extinction.

Dinosaur Coup

But things don't quite go as planned. A rebel group of dinosaurs is bent on destroying Nanosaur society and seizing control of Earth for themselves. They steal most of the eggs and take them back to their own planets. The rebels' goal is to turn these hatchlings into warrior drones that will then be used in an epic battle for power.

But one egg is left behind. When this hatchling emerges, he is tasked with destroying the rebel bases and recovering the precious eggs for the good guys. Will he succeed? That's up to you.

Air Attack

It's a dangerous mission. As the hatchling, you must swoop through the air, dodging and shooting at enemy dinosaurs as you search for the eggs. Avoid hitting other dinosaurs, trees, or the ground, lest you die a horrible death. (You've got multiple lives and can collect more during the game.) The app's smooth tilt controls make flying easy and fun. The better flier you become, the easier it is to gather up the eggs and avoid your enemies.

Locked and Loaded

You'll have quite an arsenal to help you in your daunting quest. Sonic screams, blasters, fragment grenades, and heat-seeking missiles are just some of the weapons you can employ to eliminate the competition and clear the way for egg-gathering. They fire back, though, so be careful--they'll even jump up to bite you if you fly too low!

Your weapons aren't unlimited, nor are your other resources. While picking up the eggs, make sure to snag the many power-ups along the way, including more weapons, health points, fuel, and shields.

Beautiful Visuals

Written descriptions of this game's 3D graphics cannot nearly do them justice. (See the screenshots.) As you navigate through the planetary landscapes, you will actually see the trees and obstacles coming at you, enemy dinosaurs running and leaping, and bullets whizzing by. The luminous wormholes, which you must use to send eggs back to Earth and to advance through the levels, look genuinely otherworldly.

Combined with a compelling story and challenging gameplay, Nanosaur 2: Hatchling is a game you will play again and again. With three unique worlds to conquer, it won't be easy to overcome the odds and beat this game. Don't give up, hatchling--the very survival of your society and species hangs in the balance.

Note: Nanosaur 2 is a rich, graphics-intensive game requiring a large file download. Using a Wi-Fi connection is highly recommended.
Nanosaur 2 is rated at 4.5 stars in Google Play, and at 3.5 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

5% - 15% Off Select TVs
Nanosaur 2 is also available in the iOS App Store for $3.99. Indeed, that sounds expensive, but it includes AirPlay support to play your Nanosaur 2 games on your HDTV. It has a 4.5-star rating for the current version, and 3.5 stars overall.

There's no question in our minds: "buy" it, despite the lower ratings in Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. We believe it will only improve.

Official Licensed T-Shirts
Those who are considering "buying" a Free Amazon Appstore app might want to consider what it means to developers.

Amazon.com 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. Amazon.com has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.

You can see a set of screenshots here.

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