Saturday, October 27, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Oct. 27, 2012: Halloween Mahjong has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Halloween Mahjong.

Halloween Mahjong 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.

Halloween Mahjong is described as follows:
Trick or Treat with Halloween Mahjong! With fun, halloween-themed artwork and 6 original layouts, this game is sure to spook you into a good time.

And the NEW Zoom feature makes playing even better on devices with smaller screens, like cell phones!
  • NEW Zoom feature (great for cell phones!)
  • Hint button
  • Undo button
  • Shuffle button
  • 6 tile layouts
  • Fun, halloween-themed tiles and artwork
  • High score and best time saved for each layout
  • Easy-to-use interface
Halloween Mahjong has a 4-star rating in Google Play, and has 3.4 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

There are only two ratings in Google Play, though. This is the third day of Amazon's week of Halloween-related free app of the day selections (which isn't necessarily a good thing). We'd say skip this app, despite it being free.

There is a version of the app in the iOS App Store.  It is priced at $0.99, but does not have enough ratings to display.

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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