Friday, October 19, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Oct. 19, 2012: The Mordis has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is The Mordis - Ad-free.

The Mordis is free (but ad-supported) in Google Play. It is normally priced at $1.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

The Mordis - Ad-free is described as follows:
Once upon a time there were some cute little creatures living in peace and joy. They were sweeter than candy and therefore beloved to all. One day, evil Mr. Sugar caught them all and brought them to his hideout, his mind thinking sinister thoughts as he hummed “Cotton candy, cotton candy ..."

But four of the little creatures managed to escape by hiding in the depths of the forest. Now they want to save their friends, and this is where they need your help.

Help four courageous Mordis find their way back to their captured friends and bring them to safety!

“The Mordis” is a puzzle game where you overcome obstacles and solve tests that pop up in a fun and intuitive way. Use your wit to make your own path with the tools available. Use fewer tools, save time, and avoid getting killed to score more points!
The Mordis has a 4.0-star rating in Google Play and has 2.0 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

That 4.0-star rating in Google Play comes with 199 ratings, so it would seem valid, so why the big difference between the two ratings?

There are only nine ratings in the Amazon Appstore, six of which are 1-star. Some of them are 1-star because the dev rated his own app, and people inserted a 1-star rating for that reason. Based on the Google Play rating, we'd say "buy" it while it is free.

There is also a version of Kids Animal Piano in the App Store, with a $0.99 price. The app has not received enough ratings to display an average for the current version or overall.

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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