Sunday, August 19, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app for 8/19/2012: Run In Crowd has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Run In Crowd.

Run In Crowd is free in Google Play. 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.

Run In Crowd is described as follows:
"Run In Crowd" - Race alongside other players in a new world each day.

"Run In Crowd" is a game where you race alongside other players in a new world each day (note: you get one new "level" each day)

Tap to jump and double-jump. Longer you tap, higher your runner jumps. Avoid obstacles and try to run longer distance than other.

  • Multiplayer - you race alongside other players
  • Level generation - you run in a new world each day
  • Simple and addictive gameplay with simple controls
  • Cross-platform competition - you run with players from ios/android/blackberry devices
Run In Crowd has a 4.7-star rating in Google Play, and a 2.1 star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

[Screenshots can be seen here.]

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The 4.7-star rating in Google Play comes from nearly 700 ratings. So why is the Amazon Appstore rating so much lower?

The reason is because reviewers in the Appstore, although there are fewer of them than on Google Play, seem much more hip when it comes to things like privacy. From one review:

"To keep your score, you need to sign up with and enable Scoreloop (a subsidiary of Research In Motion) - which is a DATA MINING company. Here is a quote right from their Facebook page: 'Drive discovery and increase sales and Sophisticated social data mining.' Checking their EULA, you basically give them rights to share this data with their 'partners.'"

The data mining is possibly why the app is free in Google Play. Scoreloop may (or may not, it's unclear) pay the developer for this data.

There is a version of the app in the iOS App Store. It is also free, and has a 4.5-star rating overall and for the current version.

The iOS version also has a number of in-app purchases.

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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