Saturday, September 22, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day for Sept. 22, 2012: Hero Mages has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Hero Mages.

Hero Mages 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.

Hero Mages is described as follows:
Hero Mages is a turn-based tactical strategy fantasy game that combines the fun of role playing games (RPGs) with competitive and cooperative cross-platform multiplayer gameplay.

Designed and developed by a single individual driven to share his passion for gaming with the world, Hero Mages also blends the best elements of tabletop miniature and collectible card games.

Hero Mages is played from a top-down perspective allowing the player full visibility over the battlefield. Each player commands a party of three fantasy heroes, including a powerful mage.

Equipped with a set of dice and a hand of cards representing magical spells, players take turns commanding their party of heroes. With the power to unleash the wrath of the elements, summon heinous creatures, and manipulate the world itself, the player's mage is their ultimate hero as they leverage skill, politics, and luck to eliminate their enemies and emerge victorious!
Hero Mages has a 4.1-star rating in Google Play, and a 3.4-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

The difference between the two ratings is not significant, considering that the users of the Amazon Appstore generally is more harsh in terms of ratings. We'd "buy" this while it is free.

There is also a version of the app in the iOS App Store. Hero Mages is $2.99 in the App Store but does have in-app purchases. It is rated at 4-stars overall but has insufficient ratings 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). 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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