Saturday, October 13, 2012

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

Tumble Eggs 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.

Tumble Eggs is described as follows:
A hen has been left on the beam of a farm house by a careless worker while the egg basket remains on the ground. Can the hen lay her eggs into the basket? She'll need your help! Rack your brains and apply your physics knowledge to move every possible equipment: a spring, a wood board, a conveyor belt... and more.

Your goal is to get as many eggs into the basket as you can. Can you help the hen?
Tumble Eggs has a 5.0-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 Tumble Eggs in Google Play only has a single vote. This is the fifth straight day where the app has seen almost no attention at Google Play (the largest number of reviews was 4). Looking at the 26 votes at the Amazon Appstore, the following quotes pretty much sum it up:

“ If the app is so great then why include permissions that are not needed to play the game and even have a %1 chance to steal someone's personal information? ” Larry K. Hatfield
“ Sounds worked on my phone, & for whoever said there's no option to turn them off...there's a little i in the bottom left hand corner of the title screen. ” L. J. Reynolds
“ GRAPHICS AND SOUND EFFECTS: Bright colorful graphics, but no music. ” Ellen Ripley

There is also a version of the app in the iOS App Store, priced at $0.99. It has no ratings at all.

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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