Monday, August 27, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app for Aug. 27, 2012: Word Crank Elite has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Word Crank Elite.

Word Crank Elite 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.

Word Crank Elite is described as follows:
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Word Crank offers 3, 4, 5 - letter levels each with its own unique music and background. Play at 3 different difficulty levels from 'Basic' to 'Bananas'!

Integrated with the Open Feint platform you can compete with your friends and collect fun badges along the way!

Upcoming releases will include new beats and backgrounds for your visual and auditory enjoyment.

Word Crank is truly addictive and will become your favorite word game!

Please feel free to e-mail us with any bug reports, requests, or questions!
Word Crank Elite has a 4.3-star rating in Google Play, and a 2.6 star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

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The 4.3-star rating in Google Play comes with only seven ratings. However, there is a free, ad-supported version of the app that has 79 ratings, for 4.4-stars overall. The 2.6-star rating in the Amazon Appstore comes with only 7 ratings. Among the issues noted in the Amazon Appstore are OpenFeint support. 

There is also a version of Word Crank Elite in the iOS App Store. It is also priced at $0.99, but has insufficient ratings to list any for the current version, and a 5-star rating - from only nine - oveall.

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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