Thursday, September 13, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Sept. 13, 2012: Cribbage Pro Online has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Cribbage Pro Online.

Cribbage Pro Online is priced at $2.99 in Google Play. It is normally priced at $2.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Cribbage Pro Online is described as follows:
Play the classic card-and-board game wherever you are with Cribbage Pro!

Whether you're a cribbage newbie or a hard-core player who throws around jargon such as "pips" and "His Nobs," you'll enjoy this fun app. Pick from among 50 avatars and customized colors and cards, then test your skills against the computer at three different levels of difficulty.


If you need a refresher on the rules, the Help section gives you the lowdown. Cut the cards to determine who deals first and dive right in. Evaluate your hand and select two cards for your crib (or your opponent's crib, depending on who dealt). Then cut for the starter card and play to 31 (pegging, in the vernacular). Each player counts up the points in their hand (and the crib, if necessary). The app gives your score numerically and displays a virtual cribbage board for a realistic touch.

Up for a Challenge?

Select your difficulty level. At the beginning and intermediate levels, your automated opponent will not always make the best play; go with the advanced mode and it shows no mercy. If you need a little help you can turn on the Hint feature, which gives you tips on how to earn more points and develop your strategic skills.

Do the Math (or Not)

You can count your points yourself or let the computer do it for you. Be careful, though--if you miss something, your virtual opponent can take your points! (Don't worry; this mode can be turned off if you tend to miscount.) The game tracks your statistics in a variety of categories, broken down by all three levels.

Online Play

Ready to take on a human? Go online and find a friend (or an enemy) to see how you measure up. You have the option of chatting during games and sending private messages. Save the names of your best opponents for repeat contests. There's also a tournament mode for playing a series of games to determine who's the best, and a global top 50 scoreboard if you are truly a master.
Cribbage Pro Online has a 4.6-star rating in Google Play, and a 2.9-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

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The 4.6-star rating in the Play Store comes with over 2,400 ratings. Meanwhile, the much lower Amazon Appstore rating comes with only 25 ratings, with most of the negative ratings coming via permissions paranoia and in-app purchases, which both cause apps to be hammered in the Amazon Appstore.

There is also an iOS App Store version of the game.  It is "free," but has an in-app purchase ($2.99) to the "unlimited" version.

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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