Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Amazon Appstore free app of the day for Sept. 19, 2012: Find the Differences: Pirates has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Find the Differences: Pirates.

Find the Differences: Pirates is free, but not really, in Google Play. It is normally priced at $1.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Find the Differences: Pirates is described as follows:
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Ahoy, me hearties! Come along with Find the Differences: Pirates for a high adventure puzzle on the high seas. Prepare for boarders and hoist the Jolly Roger as you try to find the differences between maritime-themed pictures. Find the Differences: Pirates is designed for kids ages five to nine.
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Now listen up, swabbie. Your job is to find the difference between two pictures. You must uncover five differences between two very similar images.

The pictures are familiar to buccaneers everywhere, such as a treasure chest guarded by an octopus, crabs scuttling across the beach, and a pirate captain. You must finish the first 10 scenes in levels one, two, and three to unlock the last three scenes.

Give Find the Differences: Pirates a try to test your observational skills, which will come in handy in the crow's nest. Play at three levels of difficulty. At the first level, there is no time limit. Levels two and three have a timer, so you have to be quick. See if you're qualified for Blackbeard's crew.
Find the Differences: Pirates has a 3.1-star rating in Google Play, and a 3.1-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

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As far as being free, but not really free, in the Play Store, the app only allows a few levels to be played before saying you must unlock it with a payment of $1.99.

Since both stores give it a 3.1-star rating, we'd probably skip this game. It's also a children's game, if that wasn't clear.

There is also a version of the app in the iOS App Store. Find the Differences: Pirates is free in the App Store but requires $1.99 for extra levels. It is rated at 3-stars overall and 3-stars for the current version.

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. 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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