Sunday, September 23, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Sept. 23, 2012: Pair-Up has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Pair Up.

Pair Up is called Pair Up - Brain Teaser and is priced at $1.99 in Google Play. It is normally priced at $1.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Pair Up is described as follows:
Pair-Up is an addictive educational game that will keep your child engaged while developing their cognitive skills, including language, quantitative and reasoning skills development.

With over 300 unique questions, and high definition gorgeous graphics your child can enjoy hours of gameplay. In addition a lot of the questions are randomly generated so each time the game is played the question will be a bit different and challenging even if it was already solved before.

The game includes 3 main categories, "Visual Perception", "Quantitative Reasoning" and "Associative Thinking" and in each category we've included a basic and advanced set of questions.

Your child will be presented with a single image and four possible answers of which only one is correct. Drag the right answer to the empty frame and you'll advance to the next question in the set. Complete the whole set of questions and you'll be awarded with up to 3 stars depending on your performance.

For the young audience that is not capable of reading yet we've included a narrator that introduces each set, this helps explaining what needs to be done. In addition there is also a hint page which will explain in more details the logic behind each set and how to solve it (Press the '?' button in the game )

The default game mode is the 'Drag Mode', but if your child is lacking the fine motor skills of dragging the images you can turn on the 'Tap Mode' through the setting screen. In this mode just tapping the right answer will be enough and you won't need to physically drag it into the empty frame.

Pair Up was designed for children ages 4 and up, though some sets within the game will be more advanced. this is on purpose and will help to further develop your child.
Pair Up has a 5.0-star rating in Google Play, and a 4.2-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

The 5-star rating in Google Play comes with only 9 ratings, but bolstered with the 4.2-star rating and 33 ratings at the Amazon Appstore, we'd "buy" this while it is free.

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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