Sunday, August 26, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app for Aug. 26, 2012: Sudoku Samurai has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Sudoku Samurai.

Sudoku Samurai 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.

Sudoku Samurai is described as follows:
A Sudoku Game a Cut Above the Rest

Sudoku Samurai is an Asian-themed version of the popular number puzzle game. Attractive art and music make this a game you'll want to relax with when it's time to unwind. Enjoy HD graphics and natural sound effects (sword slices, flowing water, bamboo doors, etc.)

This app for your Android can be customized for as challenging as you wish. Play 10,000 unique sudoku puzzles on Classic 9x9 and Samurai (Gattai-5) boards. Choose from four different skill levels. For advanced puzzle solving, try Samurai (Gattai-5) puzzles to challenge your sudoku solving skills. Tired of staring at traditional numbers and plain backgrounds? Then select from 14 different background sets and choice of digit styles (including Kanji).

Lose yourself in hours of satisfying sudoku puzzle solving. Sudoku Samurai is a handcrafted masterpiece by the sudoku lovers at Sungift Games.
Sudoku Samurai has no ratings or reviews - none - in Google Play, and a 2.6 star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

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The app has only 50-100 installs on Google Play, explaining its lack of any ratings. At least none can accuse the developer of faux reviews. The 2.6-star rating in the Amazon Appstore comes with only 16 ratings.

There is also a version of Jewel Twist in the iOS App Store. It is also priced at $0.99, and has insufficient ratings for the current version, though the overall rating of the app is 3.5 stars.

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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