Monday, August 20, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app for 8/.20/2012: Find It Mega Pack has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Find It MEGA PACK.

Find It MEGA PACK is free - but ad supported - 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.

Find It MEGA PACK is described as follows:
MEGA PACK, Mega Differences

Get ready to hone your observational skills and dive into a huge archive of the Find the Difference games. The Find It MEGA PACK features more than 250 photo pairs, the biggest collection of Find It games yet.

When the game starts, you see two photos that appear to be the same. But these two photos actually have four very subtle differences. It's your job to find the four differences before the timer runs out. Press on the differences to highlight them. If you press the wrong spot, you lose time. You have three free hints which you can use. Use the hints whenever you like, but use them wisely.

The Complete Set

The MEGA PACK includes all of the photos from the other Find It editions, which includes vivid pictures of animals, nature, sports, cities, and much more. You'll have hours of fun without coming across the same images twice.

Compete on the high score board, and save the game to the SD card. Just how sharp are your eyes? Are you ready to take on the Find It challenge?
Find It MEGA PACK has a 4.4-star rating in Google Play, and a 3.2 star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

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The 4.7-star rating in Google Play comes from nearly 1,200 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. The issue is the same as in yesterday's app: Scoreloop. From a review noted yesterday:

"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.

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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