Thursday, August 16, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app for 8/16/2012: Word Board - Board Series has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Word Board - Board Series.

Word Board - Board Series is available as a free app in Google Play, but the full version is available as an in-app purchase, for $0.99. It 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.

Word Board - Board Series is described as follows:
Word Board is a Brain teaser game.

Race to stop falling letters to fill the space by creating as many words as you can!
If you like word games, you’ll love this brain booster! Challenge yourself and others and see how well you can do!

Since the above blurb is so short, some additional yet still minor information from Google Play:

-A Mature library of words.
-The ability to quit the game and continue later on.
Word Board - Board Series has a 4.6-star rating in Google Play, and a 2.8 star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

5% - 15% Off Select TVs
Despite the fact that there are only 11 ratings in Google Play, that's a huge difference. Permissions paranoia seems to be associated with many negative ratings in the Amazon Appstore.

We'd pass on this game, as it ran very sluggishly on a dual-core device.

We continue to be disappointed by the Amazon Appstore FAOTD. It began promisingly enough, with Angry Birds Rio, but we've gotten tired of the endless games or niche apps, and especially apps which have no uptake in Google Play, and seem to be FAOTD as a desperation move by the developer. We'd like to see free versions of say, Office-compatible software or useful utilities such as CalenGoo instead of niche apps or endless games.

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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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