Friday, August 03, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 8/3/2012: Fairy Mahjong 3D has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Fairy Mahjong 3D - Ad Free.

Fairy Mahjong 3D - Ad Free is not available in Google Play, but there is a free, ad-supported version. 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.

Fairy Mahjong 3D - Ad Free is described as follows (note that the developer refers to the game as Fairy Cubes, which is sloppy editing:
It's 3D Mahjong With a Twist

Fairy Cubes is a highly innovative and 3D skill-based puzzle game. This gaming app for your Android device cleverly combines mahjong and match-three games. Fairy Cubes features outstanding levels, colorful graphics, and great audio effects, making for a fun and exciting game.

There are 45 levels, 3D graphics, three game modes (Easy, Normal, and Hard), and wonderful audio. Just flick the 3D board around and find your matches. The game starts out easy, but it steadily ramps up in difficulty. As you complete levels, new levels are unlocked.
Fairy Mahjong 3D (with ads) has a rating of 4.0 stars in Google Play and Fairy Mahjong 3D - Ad Free has a 3.8 star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

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The 4.0-star rating for the ad-supported version in Google Play comes with 330 ratings overall. There are 20 ratings in the Amazon Appstore, so it seems that things are consistent - "buy" this app while it is free.

We're still disappointed in We'd like to see free versions of say, Office-compatible software or useful utilities such as WidgetLocker Lockscreen instead of these niche apps or endless games.

There is also a version dubbed "Fairy Cubes" in the iOS App Store.  It is priced at $1.99 and has a 4-star rating for the current version and 3-stars overall.

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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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