Saturday, September 01, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app for Sept. 1, 2012: Bow Assassin has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Bow Assassin.

Bow Assassin 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.

Nintaii is described as follows:
Corrupt-O-Corp. has kidnapped your son and it's up to you to save his life. They are holding him ransom for blueprints of a secret government weapon, and they know you were assigned to the project. If they got their hands on the blueprints they could use it to start a war. You have no choice but to face them head-on.

Luckily, you have natural hunting skills and know how to use a bow. All you have to do is head towards Corrupt-O-Corp's headquarters and silently take out their goons along the way. If you can make your way through the city and infiltrate their base, you will be able to rescue your son. And when you find the man in charge... he'll know he chose the wrong stickman to mess with!
Bow Assassin has a 4.3-star rating in Google Play, and a 2.4 star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

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That's an amazingly large spread between the two app stores, so what happened? The app has only three ratings in Google Play, so that is one explanation. However, the app has 65 reviews in the Amazon Appstore, a much better sampling.

It appears, from the 1-star ratings in the Amazon Appstore, that the has poor controls, fake reviews, excessive permissions; that's probably enough.

It's a return to the poor offerings in the Amazon Appstore after Thursday's Angry Birds release. In general we continue to be disappointed with the 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.

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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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