Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Sept. 25, 2012: Moto Mania HD - Dirt Bike Challenge

Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Moto Mania HD - Dirt Bike Challenge.

Moto Mania HD - Dirt Bike Challenge has a slightly different name in Google Play and is priced at $0.99. 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.

Moto Mania HD - Dirt Bike Challenge is described as follows:
Race your way through dozens of levels in this physics based ragdoll dirt bike game. Tilt your device and use the accelerometer to lean your rider to perform back flips, front flips and to stick that perfect landing.

Choose your bike color and custom wheels. Race in a city, country, and Egypt location. In the country you will have to tackle huge ramps, loops, massive jumps, bridges, treacherous cliffs and much more. Use hidden mine shaft entrances for shortcuts or alternate routes.

The country levels are a relaxing stroll in the park compared to the Egypt levels. In Egypt you will have an ancient shield pursuing you through all the levels over ancient columns and pyramids. If the shield hits you, you'll be violently ripped off your motorcycle and have to restart the level. You will have to decide if you want to outrun the shield or find a hiding spot and let it pass, but remember the clocks ticking.

In the city levels you will have to jump over cars and take on huge ramps and jumps, run over stray dogs and tons more. Watch out for the hazards. Avoid the construction zones or you will disappear in the giant hole. Slow down when you see a slow sign or the cops will run you down (literally).

Be careful or you will wipeout and your rider will fly through the air like a ragdoll, complete with screaming and bones crunching.
Moto Mania HD - Dirt Bike Challenge has no rating in Google Play, and a 2.8-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

The lack of ratings in Google Play come from the fact that the app has seen only 100 - 500 installs, overall. Meanwhile, the Amazon Appstore ratings are clear: a poorly implemented app.

There is also a version of Moto Mania HD - Dirt Bike Challenge in the iOS App Store.   It is priced at $0.99 and has a 3-star rating overall, and 4-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).

Amazon.com 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. Amazon.com has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.

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