Friday, September 21, 2012

Amazon' s Appstore free of the day for Sept. 21, 2012: AWEsum has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is AWEsum.

AWEsum is free, but ad-supported, in Google Play. It is normally priced at $10.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the
two marketplaces.

Awesum is described as follows:
AWEsum is an award-winning, fast-paced, action-packed puzzle game designed for casual game lovers of all ages.

The object of the game is to guide and place a pair of falling number cubes onto other cubes below so that the single digits assigned to each cube, when added together, equal the game's predetermined "AWEsum".

Correctly paired cubes result in their disappearance, preventing the "cube wall" from reaching the top of the board and ending the game.
Receive scoring bonuses by power-dropping cubes, matching cube colors, or making multiple AWEsum pairs at once.

The AWEsum changes periodically throughout the game - keeping you on your mathematical toes!
Game speed progressively increases and "special" cubes with powerful cube-bursting features are introduced as periodic rewards to players who demonstrate proficiency.

Recent Android Awards:

* 2011 Best Kids App
* 2011 Best Elementary Student App
* 2011 Best Educational Game
* 2011 Best Kid Distraction App
* Runner-up, 2011 Best Kids Game


- Even more new Special cubes
- Achievements
- Global scoring support
Awesum has a 4.6-star rating in Google Play, and a 3.9-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

5% - 15% Off Select TVs
The Play Store ratomg outscores the Amazon Appstore rating somewhat, but both ratings are good enough to earn a "buy while the app is free" rating.

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).

Official Licensed T-Shirts 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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