Thursday, October 04, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Oct. 4, 2012: Gold Mine has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Gold Mine.

Gold Mine is not available in Google Play, or at least we couldn't find it. 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.

Gold Mine is described as follows:
It's 1849, and there's gold in those hills! Fetch gold, diamonds, and other treasure from mines out in the Old West using your trusty hook.

Based on the original arcade classic "Gold Miner", Gold Mine introduces some new twists to this old favorite. In this version, you each level is completely independent of the previous level, so you can always go back to where you left off without starting at the beginning.

Also, in this version, you may visit the General Store at any time to buy things for your miner, like dynamite, strength tonic, a rock field guide, and other fun things. In higher levels, you may purchase multiple items of the same type (like dynamite), and some speciality items that you'll find out about soon enough!

Timing and coordination are key in this game that pits you against the clock as you race to reach your $ goal!

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Gold Mine has a 2.6 star rating in the Amazon Appstore. Although the app is not in Google Play, you might confuse it with Gold Miner, which is a different game, and 4.2-star rated.

Once again, to avoid confusion, not that there is also a version of the Gold Miner (not Gold Mine) game in the iOS App Store. There, it is free but has a number of in-app purchases, it has a 4.5-star rating for the current version, and 4.5 stars overall. There is also a Pro version, priced at $0.99 and with identical ratings.

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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