Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Oct. 17, 2012: Total Pool has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Total Pool.

Total Pool is priced at $1.29 in Google Play. It is normally priced at $1.29 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Total Pool is described as follows:
Pool on your Android device. Compete against friends or master the challenges.

Simply the best touchscreen pool game in the world.

Key Features:
  • Realistic pool ball physics
  • 4 levels of difficulty to play against
  • Intuitive touch controls; apply spin and swerve with ease
  • 80 challenges to beat, with more coming soon
  • World Rules, Black Ball Pool, Eight Ball Pool, Nine Ball Pool, Ten Ball Pool, Straight Pool and One Pocket Pool accurate rule sets
  • True-to-life American and British style billiards tables
  • 30 unlockable alternate billiards tables and balls with which to play
Created by Giles Coope using LibGDX
Audio by Tom Colvin

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Total Pool has a 4.8-star rating in Google Play and has 3.7 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

Fortunately, that 4.8-star rating in Google Play comes with over 100 ratings. We'd say "buy" it while it is free.

While this is a nice app, 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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