Friday, August 10, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app, 8/102012: Ichi has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Ichi.

Ichi is priced at $0.99 in Google Play. 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.

Ichi is an easy to play but challenging one button puzzle game. Don't be deceived by the game simplistic look, it’s a braintwister for sure! Collect golden rings by rotating objects, using teleporters, breaking blocks and more. If that isn’t enough, the game includes a level editor that allows you to create your own levels and share them with anyone around the globe!

[If it sounds confusing, watch the demo video, embedded.]

"Ichi is a cute yet tricky one-button puzzler"
- Michael Rose, Indiegames

"A fun, stylish and challenging indie experience"
- Chad Awkerman, DualShockers

"There's only one key to press, after all, so how challenging could that be? Try a whole lot of challenging."
- john bardinelli, JayisGames

"The sketchy art style extends beyond the title screen to a game with rich visuals"
- John Polson, DIYGamer
Ichi has a rating of 5.0 stars in Google Play and a 4.7 star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

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To be clear, the 5.0-star rating in Google Play comes with only 14 ratings. Meanwhile, there are 16 ratings in the Amazon Appstore, and considering ratings there are usually harsher, and the obligatory spoof faux ratings, we'd "buy" this app while it's free.

It's unusual, we have to say, to see an app with a higher price in the Amazon Appstore than in Google Play. has had a trend of late, picking a number of apps that have almost no uptake in Google Play as the FAOTD, so this is a good app to see. Still, we're still disappointed in We'd like to see free versions of say, Office-compatible software or useful utilities such as Tasker instead of niche apps or endless games.

There is also a version in the iOS App Store.  It is priced at $0.99, with 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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