Monday, September 17, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Sept. 17, 2012: Birds on a Wire has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Birds on a Wire.

Birds on a Wire 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.

Birds on a Wire is described as follows:
You'll have a chirping good time helping the birds on a wire escape from the evil witch's spell in this Zuma style arcade puzzler. The cute and colourful birds are walking in a trance to their doom and only you can stop their untimely end by shooting birds of the same colour into groups which snaps them out of their trance and let's them fly away to safety. With over 50 engaging levels, a multitude of bonuses to make saving the birds a breeze and 5 distinct game modes.

Game features:
  • Battle your way through a whopping 50 levels of avian arcade adventure!
  • Pit your wits against 5 distinct game modes
  • Compete against your friends' scores via Twitter and Facebook integration
  • Use the myriad bonuses wisely to clear the levels quickly
  • Cute, not angry birds!
Birds on a Wire has a 4.3-star rating in Google Play, and a 3.5-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

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The developer is Herocraft, which has seen other games featured as FAOTD previously. We'd "buy this game" while it is free.

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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