Friday, September 28, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Sept. 28, 2012: Kids Word World, My First Words: Animal has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Kids Word World - My First Words: Animal (Ad-Free).

Kids Word World - My First Words: Animal (Ad-Free) 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.

Kids Word World - My First Words: Animal (Ad-Free) is described as follows:
This is an educational and entertaining game for your kids (even for adults) to learn English words.

How to play: Drag and drop to arrange the letters in the correct order to make up a word.

The game has 3 difficult levels:
- The first one: Hint: the right order is in gray. You just drag and drop the right letters here.
- The second one: Hint: There is no gray letters in right order, but when you drop a letter in the right place, it will be stick here otherwise it will not.
- The third one: There is no hint at all: no gray letters, no stick effect. You have to find right order yourself.

- Funny way to learn English words
- Letters are pronounced when touched.
- When word is completed, it's pronounced (you have to have TTS – text to speed - installed on your phone/table)
Kids Word World - My First Words: Animal (Ad-Free) has no rating in Google Play, and a 2.7 star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

The reason the app has no rating in Google Play is because it only has between 1 and 5 installs. There is a free, ad-supported version which, strangely, lists a different developer, but which is definitely the same app, which has a 4.2-star average rating but only five ratings total.

In the Amazon Appstore, the app is railed for being buggy, and with misspellings, totally horrific for a word learning game. We'd pass on this one, and have to add: doesn't look at these before selecting them as the FAOTD?

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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