Saturday, August 25, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app for Aug. 25, 2012: Jewel Twist has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Jewel Twist.

Jewel Twist is priced at $0.99 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.

Jewel Twist is described as follows:
Fun, relaxing Match-3 game with 100 unique levels!

Twist your way through 100 fun puzzles in this elegant and relaxing Match-3 game.

Rack up points to beat the high scores!

  • 100 unique levels!
  • Fun and relaxing gameplay!
  • Destroy chain tiles!
  • Install to SD card supported (App2SD).
Jewel Twist has a 5.0-star rating in Google Play, and a 3.2 star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

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The 5-star rating in Google Play comes with only two ratings. the 3.2-star rating in the Amazon Appstore comes with only 13 ratings. That makes it tough to judge the app.

However, it seems to be yet another "match three" game sort of like Bejeweled. It doesn't have any required permissions, so that's a positive. Aside from that, we don't see any reason to "buy" this game over any other similar game, except that it is free.

There is also a version of Jewel Twist in the iOS App Store. It is also priced at $0.99, but has insufficient ratings to list any.

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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