Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 7/25/2012: Noogra Nuts has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Noogra Nuts.

Noogra Nuts is available as a free app in Google Play - but has an in-game purchase to remove the ads, for $1.99. It 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.

Noogra Nuts is described as follows:
Aw, Nuts!

Face it, we're all a little nutty sometimes. But Noogra Nuts takes things farther than most of us would choose to go--unless you're a squirrel.

In this quirky, arcade-style game for your Android device, you control a cute squirrel who possesses a unique ability: he can crack nuts using his head. How many nuts can you crack? There's only one way to find out!

Now That's Using Your Head

When the game begins, nuts will fall from the sky. (On the screen, that is. If actual nuts fall from the actual sky, move away from the tree you're standing under.)

Using your device's accelerometer, control the squirrel's movement and press anywhere on the screen to make him jump. Each nut that the squirrel head-butts will start to crack and yield valuable points.

Once you crack open a nut, your squirrel can eat it and get more points. But hurry up! You have only 120 seconds to achieve the best score. Good luck!


"We immediately fell in love with the cute graphics and easy-to-master gameplay. Toss in vibrant colors, fun sound effects, and OpenFeint integration, and you have a recipe for a high-replay game. We've played a couple of rounds of Noogra Nuts when we should have been otherwise working." --Scott Webster,

"What drew me the Noogra Nuts is its simplicity and ability to be as addictive as many of the old 2D games that we all know and love." --Imran Sarwar,

"It's popular, enjoyable, and a darn good challenge for one reason: you can never get all the nuts and you know you never will, but you can't accept it! This really is a game for those who want to kill a lot of time, and have a lot of fun doing so." --Sam Caplat,
Noogra Nuts is rated 4.7 stars in Google Play and at 3.1 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

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We'd take the Google Play rating to heart. It's 4.7 stars, but over 17,231 ratings overall, which certainly says something. With only 14 reviews in the Amazon Appstore, a one-star review can really hurt the rating. One one-star review, in fact, hammers the app for being $1.99 when it's free in Google Play. As we said above, it's not really free in Google Play.

The other one-star rating hits the app for OpenFeint and HeyZap integration, both things that raise an uproar among Amazon Appstore buyers (less so among Google Play buyers).

In addition, there is a version of Noogra Nuts in the iOS App Store. There it is priced at $2.99; it has not received enough ratings for listing purposes.

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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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