Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Amazon Appstore free app of the day for Sept. 18, 2012: Down the Hatch

Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Down the Hatch.

Down the Hatch 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.

Down the Hatch is described as follows:
Meet Stinky, a young little imp who’s always getting into trouble in DOWN THE HATCH! Constantly hungry, Stinky goes to desperate lengths to fill the rumbling in his tumbling.

His latest adventure has brought him to a tremendous treasure trove of treats: the Great Refrigerator in the Sky. It contains an endless supply of food, but its stores are so heavenly an imp is forbidden to eat them! Things like cake and pie and his favorite snack of all… donuts. Donuts! The very shape of a halo and the heavenliest of pastries! Naturally, the temptation is too great to resist. In his excitement, Stinky topples the Great Refrigerator and all the goodies go falling out...

Join Stinky as he falls from grace in a sinful shower of decadent desserts. Tilt your device around to help him cram in as much as he can before he hits bottom!

DOWN THE HATCH is developed by the fine folks at Nom Productions, and brought to you by END Games Entertainment. We love making fun games, and hope you enjoy them too! Be sure to check out some of END's other top games like the #1 hits GOING NUTS and BOUNCE THE BUNNY, and our classics CLICK!, and RECYCLING MOO.

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Down the Hatch has a 4.0-star rating in Google Play, and a 3.6-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

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We'd "buy this game" while it is free. Despite the Amazon Appstore's tendency toward harsher reviews, the app still rates 3.6 stars.

There is also a version of the app in the iOS App Store. Down the Hatch is priced at $0.99 in the App Store and has 5-stars overall and with the current version, but with very few ratins.

It's a better-than-normal app for the Amazon Appstore. In general we continue to be disappointed with the FAOTD program. 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 (we just assume every day that it's going to be a game; it's gotten that bad).

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Those who are considering "buying" a Free Amazon Appstore app might want to consider what it means to developers.

Amazon.com 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. Amazon.com has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.

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