Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app for Aug. 29, 2012: Bubble Ball Pro has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Bubble Ball Pro.

Bubble Ball Pro 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.

Bubble Ball Pro is described as follows:
Bubble Ball has been downloaded over 16 million times!

NEW! Community Levels - make your own levels for Bubble Ball, and play levels created by others!

Go to on your computer to get started making your own levels!

Try this fun, new physics puzzle game, where you will test your ingenuity and thinking skills to get the bubble to the goal. Use the pieces and powerups provided, and come up with creative solutions!

There are two types of pieces, wood and metal. Wood pieces are affected by gravity when you hit Start, while metal ones stay where you placed them.

Use powerups to give the bubble speed boosts and even reverse gravity! Don't like the blue bubble? Make it a different color!

Don't want to start at the beginning? You can skip around to your liking and jump right into the 120 exciting levels.

A great game to test your logical thinking skills, and to play whenever you're bored!
Bubble Ball Pro has a 5-star rating in Google Play, and a 3.6 star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

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Notably, that 5-star rating in Google Play comes with only one rating - period. There is also a free version, with a 3-star rating and 7 ratings, overall.

Meanwhile, though, there are also (Old) - as labeled by the developer - versions of the game, with 3.7- (Free) and 4.1-star (Pro) ratings.

There is also a version in the iOS App Store, which is priced at $0.99 and has a 3.5 star-rating overall (the current version has insufficient ratings to display).

This seems like a decent enough app, but 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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