Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Oct. 3, 2012: Arcana's Defender has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Arcana's Defender.

Arcana's Defender is not available in Google Play, or at least we couldn't find it. 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.

Arcana's Defender is described as follows:
Help the princess! - yeah, cliche... I know...- The Litch Lord has sent his minions after Princess Arcana.

Arcana's Defender is a light, charming, and frantic adventure of magic and mayhem. Cast spells and summons to stop the oncoming hordes from taking Princess Arcana back to the Evil Litch Lord's tower!

Arcana's Defender utilizes simple one touch controls and combines elements of strategic defense games and arcade style shooters to bring fast-paced action and strategic game play to your device.

Play they way YOU want with 3 difficulty settings and a variety of spells and upgrades. From casual to hard core, there is a little something for everyone.
  • 3 different terrains (The Meadows, The Swamps and The Desolate)
  • 3 difficulty levels.
  • Many kinds of enemies with their own weakness and resistances
  • 28 upgrades to unlock
  • Fight huge bosses for great rewards
Arcana's Defender has a 3.4 star rating in the Amazon Appstore. It's surprising, since the game has in-app purchases and is not free. With that , we'd say give it a shot and "buy" it while it is free.

There is also a version of the app in the iOS App Store. There, it is free but has a number of in-app purchases, it has a 5-star rating for the current version, and 4.5 stars 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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