Thursday, September 20, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Sept. 20, 2012: Tiki Lavalanche (Ad-Free) has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Tiki Lavalanche (Ad-Free).

Tiki Lavalanche (Ad-Free) is free, but ad-supported, in Google Play. It is normally priced at $10.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Tiki Lavalanche (Ad-Free) is described as follows:
The Tiki Gods are not pleased. A giant lavalanche has demolished the entire village. You have one last chance to make this right!

Don't let the golden blocks fall into the lava. Fail to do so and you shall face the wrath and anger of the Tiki Gods! Do you have what it takes to save what is left of your village?

PLEASE NOTE: This app lets you purchase digital content using actual money. You can configure parental controls for in-app purchases, which will require your Amazon account password or a 4-digit PIN, by tapping the Menu icon and then Settings.
Tiki Lavalanche has a 4.6-star rating in Google Play, and a 2.4-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

5% - 15% Off Select TVs
That is a huge difference between the two markets, and probably not related to users who miss ads. Instead, it appears the lower Amazon Appstore rating is due to being a paid app that has in-app purchases, permissions, and fake reviews.

Due to the fact that Google Play has over 500 ratings, we'd probably still give it a shot.

There is also a version of the app in the iOS App Store. Tiki Lavalanche is free in the App Store but does have in-app purchases. It is rated at 4.5-stars overall and 4.5-stars for the current version.

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 (we just assume every day that it's going to be a game; it's gotten that bad).

Official Licensed T-Shirts 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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