Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day: Manic Math

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

Manic Math is priced at $1.04 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.

Manic Math is described as follows:
Top n.1 - Educational Game in Portugal (in Apple App Store). Listed in several other App Stores

Amazing app to improve your math skills.

This game is recommended as a winning choice for parents and a educational/fun activity for children.

The game logic is incredible simple! Just combine two numbers and one math operation to match the proposed objective.

Manic Math is one fantastic application designed to keep your mind in shape.

This healthy addictive game boost your mental arithmetic ability as well as your concentration, focus and memory.

key features:
  • - Inspired in Tetris
  • - Suitable for all ages
  • - Performance graphs and statistics (global and per arithmetic operation). Useful for detecting which operations and combinations of numbers need more practice.
  • - The set of arithmetic operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division can be activated/deactivated for each user
  • - Improve your memory (using Ice blocks)
  • - Boost your mental arithmetic ability.
  • - HD graphics.
  • - High score table
Manic Math has a 5-star rating in Google Play and (Premium) has 3.9 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

Unfortunately, that 5-star rating in Google Play comes with only four ratings. However, the Amazon Appstore rating comes with 25 reviews, and is thus high enough to say "buy" it while it is free.

There is also a version of the app in the iOS App Store, priced at $0.99. 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).

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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