Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app for 8/21/2012: Pix'N Love Rush

Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Pix'N Love Rush.

Pix'N Love Rush is priced at $1.99 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.

Pix'N Love Rush is described as follows:
Take command of Pixel the cat and complete the different levels as quickly as possible, collecting as many bonuses as you can along the way! Your heartbeat cannot resist the Rush! All you love about classic Jump & Run games condensed into 5 minute sessions, or in infinite play mode, for those who have nerves of steel and incredible reflexes!

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Pix'N Love Rush has a 3.7-star rating in Google Play, and a 3.0-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

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Basically, this seems to be a game with a mid-3-star rating overall. One reviewer did hit the nail right on the head with the following comment, though (emphasis ours):

"graphics are ok, game itself is ok, but the controls is bad, when you first play your gonna have to move them, and is it just me or has the free apps of day getting lamer?"

There is a version of Pix'n Love Rush in the iOS App Store. It is priced at $0.99 and has a 5-star rating for the current version and 4.5 stars overall.

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.

Amazon.com 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. Amazon.com has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.

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