Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 07/17/2012: Flick Kick Rugby has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Flick Kick Rugby.

Flick Kick Rugby is priced at $0.99 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.

Flick Kick Rugby is described as follows:
Feel the intense pressure, excitement, and skill of Rugby conversion kicking with this fun sports title from PikPok Games. Try to make kicks from different angles and distances, and even take into account shifting wind speeds and directions. Choose from Sudden Death, Arcade, Time Attack, and Practice modes, then use the intuitive flick controls to begin playing right away. Easy to pick up but hard to put down, this classic time-killer is sure to appeal to casual gamers and die-hard rugby fans alike.

In Flick Kick Rugby, players make conversion kicks of varying difficulty through the goalposts at the end of the pitch. Pick one of four different game modes: Practice, Sudden Death, Arcade, or Time Attack, and try out Flick Kick Rugby's intuitive control system to begin making kicks like a pro.

To make a kick, simply line your finger up with the ball and flick the touchscreen in the direction of the goalposts. Not every kick is straightforward though: experiment with curving left or right in your followthrough, or give a longer swipe to kick the ball further. Find the technique that works for you, then adjust each kick to account for changing windspeeds and angles.

Challenging Conditions

To add to the difficulty, factor in winds that can come from any angle or change severity with each kick. Anything from a light breeze to gale force winds must be taken into account if you want to succeed.

Online Scores and Achievements

Flick Kick Rugby features online leaderboards and achievements with OpenFeint support. Rack up the points and then post your newest scores to Flick Kick's global leaderboards. Think you're good? Show off your skills online as you compete against others for the top spot!

Multiple Game Modes

Sudden Death

Challenge your concentration with this classic test of skill. Score as many conversions as possible without missing. With no time limit given, just focus and keep making kicks to add multipliers to your score.

Arcade Mode

Make five kicks from five different positions on the field. Adjust your aim to score as many points as possible, then use the last ball at each position to score additional bonus points. Keep making successful field goals to build up a score multiplier, but watch out for changes in wind strength and direction: you'll need nerves of steel to keep that multiplier going under pressure!

Time Attack

Score as many conversions as possible within the given time limit in this quickfire flick kicking challenge. As each successful kick adds on bonus time, you'll have to keep cool and maintain steady aim to rack up a new highscore.

Practice Mode

Take the pressure of scores and time limits off your shoulders as you perfect your technique and learn how to become the best flick kicker in the world.

Key Features
  • Simple and intuitive flick controls make it easy to pick up and begin play
  • Challenging gameplay with shifting windspeeds and target distances
  • Loading screens with famous rugby quotes and trivia
  • Roaring crowds and full 3D graphics bring a new level of realism to the virtual pitch
  • Compete against the global community through OpenFeint online scoring and achievements
Flick Kick Rugby is rated at 4.4 stars in Google Play, and at 3.2 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

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The 4.8 star rating in Google Play comes with 242 overall, while the Amazon Appstore rating includes the requisite spoof 1-star ratings and only 19 ratings overall. The inclusion of OpenFeint leads to a lower Amazon Appstore ratings. With all that, we'd say this is a "buy" while it's free.

Flick Kick Rugby is also available in the iOS App Store, for $0.99. It's rated at 4.5 stars for the current version and 4 stars overall.

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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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