Friday, September 14, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Sept. 14, 2012: Tetris has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Tetris. This is, in fact, the official Electronic Arts version.

Tetris 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.

Tetris is described as follows:
Play the puzzler that started it all.

Hundreds of millions of people around the world have played Tetris. Its simple, addictive gameplay spawned an entire category of video games, and trained a generation of very efficient packers.

Start Thinking in Tetriminos

Slide, rotate, and drop pieces into place with ease using the intuitive touchscreen interface. Feel the exhilarating rush of endorphins into your brain's central nostalgia region when you fit a piece into just the right spot.

Play the classic game you know and love in Marathon Mode, and clear your way through 150 lines in 15 pulse-pounding levels. Plus, keep a piece on "Hold" if it doesn't suit your fancy.

Face New Challenges

Experience a new twist on the original gameplay in Magic Mode. Achieve each level's unique goal to complete it, and employ an arsenal of tools to clear away blocks:
  • Minimizer
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Magic Crayon
  • Wrecking Ball
  • Smashdown
Get Hooked

Never played Tetris before? (Kids these days...) Get up to speed with a helpful tutorial that covers both standard Tetris rules as well as Magic Mode's new features.

Track detailed statistics in both modes. And rock out to a brand-new remix of the original catchy theme.

End User License Agreement:
Tetris has a 3.9-star rating in Google Play, and a 3.4-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

5% - 15% Off Select TVs
It's the official Electronic Arts app. There's no reason to question it. Just "buy" it now while it is free.

There is also an iOS App Store version of the game.  It is priced at $0.99 and is rated at 4.5-stars for the current version and 3.5-stars overall.

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.

Official Licensed T-Shirts
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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