Friday, October 12, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Oct. 12, 2012: Magic Coral has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Magic Coral.

Magic Coral 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.

Wacky Sound Effects is described as follows:
Swim your fish through the the coral filled ocean and gather magic coral to help free your fish friends in MAGIC CORAL! Smash through obstacles with upgrades or swim as your favorite sea creature. Watch out for sharks, or other underwater hazards! How far can YOU swim?


- Beautiful 3D graphics in a colorful underwater world
- Intense game play as you swim through vibrant coral reefs gaining speed all the way
- Plenty of power-ups, upgrades and other fish to buy in the shop with the coral you gather or purchase
- Level up by completing goals
- Show off to your friends with Facebook leaderboards and achievements

MAGIC CORAL is brought to you by the fine folks at END Games Entertainment. We love making fun games, and hope you enjoy them too! Be sure to check out some of our other mobile games like GOING NUTS, BOUNCE THE BUNNY, CLICK!, and RECYCLING MOO.

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PLEASE NOTE: This app lets you purchase digital content using actual money. You can configure parental controls for in-app purchases, which will require your Amazon account password or a 4-digit PIN, by tapping the Menu icon and then Settings.
Magic Coral has a 4.2-star rating in Google Play and 3.0 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

We'd say that reviewers have a wide spread or opinion on the app, except for the fact that Magic Coral in Google Play only has a four votes. Looking at the 30 votes at the Amazon Appstore, the following quotes pretty much sum it up:

“Stop with the fake reviews. If the app is good, people will rate it well. stop being dishonest please. Pathetic." - Smee
“As far as the game goes...the graphics are pretty nice, & gameplay could be good, but it was extremely laggy at times on my phone. Just really seemed like a crappy freemium game, except without ads. Even though I don't like the game at all, (even if it worked well,) I'd have given it three stars had there not been 14 disgustingly fake reviews. A few fake reviews is bad enough, although I usually just ignore it. But, there are FOURTEEN....& I wouldn't be surprised if a few more show up throughout the day. They're all so pathetically obvious, & the majority were written within a three day span. I guess they think we're morons? ” L.J. Reynolds

There is also a version of the app in the iOS App Store, priced at $0.99. It has no ratings for the current version, and 5-stars, but with only 9 ratings, overall.

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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