Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Oct. 30, 2012: The Haunt

Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is The Haunt.

The Haunt is priced at $1.99 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 Haunt is described as follows:
The Haunt is a thrilling new point and tap adventure that is sure to make your toes curl and keep your device on edge! This stunningly beautiful and creepily crafted adventure takes you on an escape to a spooky and chilling estate full of curious plot twists and engaging and unique puzzles. Mini-games are scattered throughout the dark and mysterious farm and abandoned house. Ghosts and demons guard the many places of curiosity as you search for the clues and tools to unlock the mystery.

As the townfolk's last hope, you are commissioned and charged with the task of ridding the house and farm from its dark and devilish ghouls and closing the ethereal portal hidden within. Many others have tried this but have never been heard from again. Can you put all the pieces together and restore peace to the homestead?

Rich and colorful, the photo-real graphics make this one of the most beautiful adventures on the appstore. Challenging puzzles and well hidden clues and objects provide a great deal of depth to the game and makes this a standout in the genre.

Start your adventure today and get your creep on in the Haunt.

"Its dark, grimy graphics are positively creepy...enough to make you pause for just a second before you snap off the bedroom light." - Gamezebo

  • Stunning Graphics
  • Tons of original puzzles and mini-games
  • Hidden clues, tools and objects
  • Excellent depth and length
  • Engaging storyline
  • Lots of spooks and ghosts
  • Original music score
  • Fun for all ages (spooky without the bloody gore)
The Haunt has 4.3-stars in ad-supported form in Google Play, and has 3.7 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

This is the sixth day of Amazon's week of Halloween-related free app of the day selections (and they haven't been stellar apps). Still, the ratings are high enough; we'd "say buy" this app, while it is free.

There is a version of the app in the iOS App Store.  It is priced at $1.99, and is rated at 4 stars for the current version and 3.5 stars overall.

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).

Amazon.com 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. Amazon.com has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.

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