Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Sept. 12, 2012: Aces Spades has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Aces Spades.

Aces Spades is priced - free - 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.

Aces Spades is described as follows:
Spades card game!

If you’re looking for the finest card games available for mobile, Aces® has got them in Spades!

The team that brought you Aces® Hearts, Aces Cribbage, and Aces Solitaire is back with a new offering in the Aces line of quality card games.

Aces Spades brings the classic card game to mobile with gorgeous graphics, intuitive AI, and fully customizable gameplay. You’ll team up with one of 11 beautifully rendered Victorian-era characters to test your skill against a variety of colorful opponents, each with their own unique styles of play.

Take tricks, bid nil, and pass to your partner in the most complete Spades experience available for mobile: Aces Spades!

Game Features:
  • Play Standard, Mirror, Whiz, or Suicide
  • 11 distinct animated opponents
  • 5 difficulty levels and intuitive AI
  • Customizable bidding options
  • Gameplay suited for all skill levels
  • Leaderboards and achievements
We used the Play Store summary due to its greater detail. Aces Spades has a 4.4-star rating in Google Play, and a 4.0 star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

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The 4.0 star rating comes with 44 reviews in the Amazon Appstore, this is a "good enough" app to "buy," while it's free.

A few comments though: the app saw a number of lower ratings in the Amazon Appstore due to alleged fake reviews, and the fact that the app is already free in Google Play.

Of course, the problem is these reviewers didn't look in Google Play. That app is ad-supported. It's not really free. One problem with Amazon Appstore reviewers is they often don't look deeply enough.

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.

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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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