Sunday, September 09, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Sept. 9, 2012: Dummy Defense has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Dummy Defense.

Dummy Defense 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.

Dummy Defense is described as follows:
The spin-off of SimplePhysics. Protect your dummy from explosions, boulders, spiked walls, and more!

Use the blueprints editor to design a structure that will protect your dummy, Melvin, from some random danger. You'll have to work with the available materials. Most of the time you'll use wood, sometimes you'll use concrete, but you must always use your most important asset: your brain.

A wise person once said: "An engineer is someone who can do for a dime what any fool can do for a dollar." In Dummy Defense, your design must not only be strong enough, it must be cheap enough to win. Building cheaper structures will earn you more stars on a level.

Create your design in seconds with the blueprints editor. If you make a mistake, simply tap the Undo button. Zoom in and out by pinching the screen and pan the view using a two finger drag.

While testing, you can see how the strain is distributed across your design. Areas that are under immense strain are colored bright red, while other areas are colored green. This allows you to find and fix problem areas in your design.

The slow motion slider lets you slow things down so you can see how your design is failing, and it is also incredibly fun to watch explosions destroying your design in slow motion.
Dummy Defense has a 4.6-star rating in Google Play, and a 4.1 star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

The 4.6-star rating in Google Play comes with 89 ratings, which isn't a huge number, but which is enough so we know it's valid. Along with the 20 ratings in the Amazon Appstore, this is a "good enough" app to "buy," while it's free.

Interestingly enough, SimplePhysics was the FAOTD just two days ago.

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There is a Dummy Defense app in the iOS App Store, available for free, but with a number of in-app purchases. It has 4.5 stars overall, and in the current version, too.

It's a better-than-normal app for the Amazon Appstore. 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.

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Those who are considering "buying" a Free Amazon Appstore app might want to consider what it means to developers. 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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