Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Oct. 31, 2012: It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown is priced at $2.99 in Google Play. It is normally priced at $3.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown is described as follows:
Oh, Great Pumpkin! Where are you? This Halloween, hang out with Charlie Brown and the entire Peanuts gang to find out for yourself!

While Linus and Sally wait for the Great Pumpkin, you can join Charlie Brown at his first-ever Halloween party! Trick-or-treat with Lucy, Pigpen and the rest of the gang. Play a little ditty on Schroeder’s piano and bob for apples with Snoopy — just watch out for dog germs, blech!

Narrated by Peter Robbins, the original voice of Charlie Brown, everyone’s favorite Halloween special is beautifully re-imagined in this interactive storybook designed for smartphones and tablets.

Digitally remastered illustrations are brought to life with the voices, dialog and music from the original 1966 animated TV special. Whether your family sings pumpkin carols and waits in pumpkin patches or you’re introducing It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown to your kids for the first time, everyone will love this magical interactive Halloween classic!
It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown has 3.6-stars in Google Play, and has 4.6 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

This is the final 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). 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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